Friday, June 16, 2017

Puppet on a Chain (1971)

Cinerama Releasing
Directed by Geoffrey Reeve and Don Sharp
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Scorpion Releasing)

A special agent from the US is sent to track down the source of heroin in Amsterdam. He hooks up with undercover agent Barbara Parkins and the local police. They find a warehouse filled with hollow Bibles and dolls. The dealer is disguised as a priest, who kills anyone in his way, but also has inside help with the police, whose identity is revealed at the end. The only thing that makes this stand out from any other late 60s or early 70s European drug lord film is a boat chase sequence through the canals of Amsterdam that lasts for about 10 minutes, and even that is marred by obvious crowds standing around watching the production. Parkins is good as usual, but Swedish singer/actor Sven-Bertil Taube as the American special agent lacks charisma as the lead.

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