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Author Topic: The Squeeze (Michael Apted, 1977)  (Read 9289 times)

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The Squeeze (Michael Apted, 1977)
« on: 13 Aug 2008 - 11:27 »

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Stacey Keach, David Hemmings, Edward Fox, Stephen Boyd, Carol White and Freddie Starr!

Keach plays the role of Jim Naboth, a drunken washed up ex-policeman who is now a private eye, with the help of ex-criminal (well, I say ex but he still shoplifts!) Teddy played by scouse comic Freddie Starr.

Edward Fox's wife (who happens to be Naboth's ex-wife) and daughter are kidnapped, the ransom is a million pounds but the only way to get it is for Fox to rob his own company.

Irishman Stephen Boyd is the head honcho villain and gives a great performance as the psychopathic Vic in what was to be his last screen role.

David Hemmings and Alan Ford (who most people will know as Bricktop from SNATCH) are two of Boyd's underlings.

I highly recommend this film, it is definitely worth a look and has some great London locations.

One point while discussing the getaway Hemmings is explaining the route and mentions the Robin Hood roundabout by the Kingston by-pass (a couple of miles down the road from where I grew up) but alas you don't see it.

This definitely needs a DVD release asap.
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Re: The Squeeze (Michael Apted, 1977)
« Reply #1 on: 13 Aug 2008 - 18:58 »

One of my favorite Brit Crime films Tanzi  ::)  David Hemmings is a right bastard in it and apart from his accent, that slips from time to time, Stacey Keach is brilliant. Not to mention Freddie Starr in his only film role I think. I've got the novel somewhere must give it a read sometime, and your damn right it definatley needs a dvd release as well as SITTING TARGET are you listening Warners and Sony???  :)
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Re: The Squeeze (Michael Apted, 1977)
« Reply #2 on: 28 Aug 2008 - 22:55 »

Totally agree there....wonder what Warner are playing at?
One of the best Brit crime flicks either Stephen Boyd as Vic was also great.
Come on Warner-get your fingers out please!
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Re: The Squeeze (Michael Apted, 1977)
« Reply #3 on: 02 Feb 2009 - 15:59 »

I watched this for the first time last night. It's a great film, much harder than I expected, and a real treat to see London as I remember it (smoking on the underground, wooden escalators, dodgy looking pubs, etc). A widescreen copy would have been nice though. Does anyone know if there's one out there? By coincidence I mentioned to a friend that I'd watched it and he told me a nice bit of trivia. Apparently if you look in the background during the market scenes under the Westway with David Hemmings, Stephen Boyd etc you'll see a young guy in a red Hawaiian shirt. That's a pre-Sex Pistols Steve Jones. I haven't had a chance to check it out myself, but supposedly Steve himself confirmed it when he asked a friend of my friend for a copy of the film.
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Re: The Squeeze (Michael Apted, 1977)
« Reply #4 on: 02 Feb 2009 - 16:12 »

Someone with this on DVD-R needs to check and get a screen grab up!  :'(
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Re: The Squeeze (Michael Apted, 1977)
« Reply #5 on: 02 Feb 2009 - 16:25 »

I second that.  ::)
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Re: The Squeeze (Michael Apted, 1977)
« Reply #6 on: 02 Feb 2009 - 20:31 »

I just had a chance to check and he's definitely there. It's a real blink and you'll miss it moment though: he wanders on from the left of the screen round about the line "It's one of his kid's birthdays". You can also just about see him as the scene ends (red shirt and the top of his head). 
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Re: The Squeeze (Michael Apted, 1977)
« Reply #7 on: 02 Feb 2009 - 20:37 »

Can you not do screen grabs Eugene?
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Re: The Squeeze (Michael Apted, 1977)
« Reply #8 on: 03 Feb 2009 - 13:03 »

My Mac's on the blink at the moment. It won't play DVDs or CDs. It happened once before and it straightened itself out. I'm hoping it'll do the same again. I'd be happy to send you a copy if like :-)
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Re: The Squeeze (Michael Apted, 1977)
« Reply #9 on: 03 Feb 2009 - 14:46 »

Someone with this on DVD-R needs to check and get a screen grab up!  :'(

Always loved this film.  ::)



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Re: The Squeeze (Michael Apted, 1977)
« Reply #10 on: 03 Feb 2009 - 20:10 »

I told you it was blink and you'll miss it. Thanks!  ::)
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Re: The Squeeze (Michael Apted, 1977)
« Reply #11 on: 11 Feb 2009 - 22:37 »

It's a pity Studio Canal don't own the rights to this one,as no doubt the wonderful Optimum would have released it by now.
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Re: The Squeeze (Michael Apted, 1977)
« Reply #12 on: 16 Jan 2010 - 00:42 »

Any HINT of this on any release schedule guys?
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Re: The Squeeze (Michael Apted, 1977)
« Reply #13 on: 16 Jan 2010 - 09:23 »

Any HINT of this on any release schedule guys?

Nope. I guess our only hope now is that Warner sees fit to add it to their Archive Collection. I'm hoping it'll do the same for SItTING TARGET (which Warner also owns) too.
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Re: The Squeeze (Michael Apted, 1977)
« Reply #14 on: 16 Jan 2010 - 19:56 »

Can't do more than that mate.....
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