Review: ‘Kill’

Novelist Romain Gary turns to the international drug trade in this pic, starring ex-wife Jean Seberg. Gary decides to play this as out-and-out melodrama, even camp, to give a rather strong message that boils down to murdering all those involved in drug dealing.

Novelist Romain Gary turns to the international drug trade in this pic, starring ex-wife Jean Seberg. Gary decides to play this as out-and-out melodrama, even camp, to give a rather strong message that boils down to murdering all those involved in drug dealing.

James Mason is an Interpol inspector involved in the drug racket. Sent on a trip to the Orient, he does not want to take his wife (Seberg) but she goes on ahead of him and gets involved with a kidnapping, murdered people in her car and some cliffhanging adventures played a la Pearl White before daylight finds her okay.

Add some sex spots as she gives into a menacing man who turns out to be a narc from the US (Stephen Boyd) and an ending that turns into a ballet of slaughter of a group of top underworld narcotics men.

Seberg plays the damsel in distress straight, while Boyd adds dash as the ominous interloper. Curt Jurgens is the Interpol chief gone astray.

Gary’s direction is sometimes flagging, but good in action scenes and film has a sense of humor that keeps it from falling into coyness and viciousness for its own sake.

Kill

France - Spain - Italy - W. Germany

Production

Procinex/Barnabe/Este/ICAR/Geissle. Director Romain Gary; Producer Alexander Salkind; Screenplay Romain Gary; Camera Edmond Richard; Editor Roger Dwyre; Music Berto Pisano, Jacques Chaumont; Art Director Enrique Alarcon

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1971. Running time: 102 MIN.

With

Stephen Boyd Jean Seberg James Mason Curt Jurgens Daniel Emilfork Mauro Parenti
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