Richard Brooks wrote and directed $ with a sardonic twist to a caper plot. Bank security expert Warren Beatty, aided by friendly hooker Goldie Hawn, steal $1.5 million from three Hamburg safety-deposit boxes used by assorted criminals. An exhausting chase sequence is the ultimate destination of the production which features some good authentic locales.The key subordinate characters, Las Vegas skimming courier Robert Webber, corrupt US Army black marketeer Scott Brady, and European narcotics dealer Arthur Brauss, are on a dramatic parity with the principals and often overpower them. Hawn’s trademark kookiness keeps getting in the way, and Beatty’s low-key sensitivity can hardly survive. This film is obviously what is sometimes called ‘an entertainment’. Paradoxically, Brooks maybe is too serious a filmmaker for this sort of thing. He wants his characters to have depth and motivation, but the principle does not work well herein.
Columbia. Director Richard Brooks; Producer M.J. Francovich; Screenplay Richard Brooks; Camera Petrus Schloemp; Editor George Grenville; Music Quincy Jones; Art Director Guy Sheppard
(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1971. Running time: 120 MIN.
Warren Beatty Goldie Hawn Gert Frobe Robert Webber Scott Brady Arthur Brauss