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The Domino Principle (1977)
Posted by Solomon
on 8/27/2017, 11:10 am
This noir doesn't appear in Grant's tome, although it's along lines parallel to "The Parallax View" (1973), which is more popular among list-makers. This is a 70s noir, a category that stands apart in my mind, if no one else's. The 70s noirs are in color for the most part. They don't generally consciously look back to earlier noirs as do some neo-noirs. Conspiracies and political matters sometimes are the themes.
I've always liked this movie, if only for the performances of Gene Hackman, Richard Widmark and Edward Albert (the son). Eli Wallach and Mickey Rooney appear in smaller parts. Hackman is in top form as a convict sprung from prison by a shadowy agency. He's a manipulated pawn in an assassination plot.