Run time: 92 mins
In Theaters: Wednesday 30th August 1967
Distributed by: MGM Home Entertainment
Production compaines: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Fresh: 30 Rotten: 1
IMDB: 7.5 / 10
Director: John Boorman
Starring: Lee Marvin as Walker, Angie Dickinson as Chris, Keenan Wynn as Yost, Carroll O'Connor as Brewster, Lloyd Bochner as Frederick Carter, Michael Strong as Stegman, John Vernon as Mal Reese, Sharon Acker as Lynne, James Sikking as Hired Gun, Sandra Warner as Waitress, Roberta Haynes as Mrs. Carter, Kathleen Freeman as First Citizen, Victor Creatore as Carter's Man, Lawrence Hauben as Car Salesman, Susan Holloway as Girl Customer, Sid Haig as First Penthouse Lobby Guard
The story is almost obliviously simple: Lee Marvin is a mafioso who's been turned on and left for dead. But not quite dead: He comes back (from the grave? who knows...) to get his vengeance. Or more precisely, to get the $93,000 he is owed by his former bosses.
Marvin works his way up the food chain of The Organazation, and flunkie after flunkie meets a tragic end (though, oddly, never quite at Marvin's hand). But no one really believes he just wants his money. A hidden agenda is always assumed (and that agenda presumes murder), but it never comes to be.
With the ample aid of Angie Dickinson, Marvin creates a memorable character in a wholly unmemorable story. "I want my money!" starts off as a cute rallying cry but quickly becomes tired. Though John Boorman would love for us to find this simple story to be clever, but it soon gets awfully repetitious. Marvin carries much of the film on his gravelly, innate charm, but even he can't sustain one note that long.
Included (strangely) as part of the Film Noir Collection #2 DVD box set.