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Hit!

Too bad that so much of the script relies on illogical plotting and heavy-handed irony, because the basic idea is excellent and many of the details are richly conceived.

Cast:
Billy Dee Williams Richard Pryor Paul Hampton Gwen Welles Warren Kemmerling Janet Brande

Too bad that so much of the script relies on illogical plotting and heavy-handed irony, because the basic idea is excellent and many of the details are richly conceived.

Billy Dee Williams plays a Federal operative whose daughter dies from drug overdose. Unable to get official action that would lead to capture of the key figures in a Marseilles drug syndicate, he launches his own vendetta against the ‘murderers.’

The juxtaposition of grubby US pushers and users against the elegant refinement of the French suppliers is a labored echo of The French Connection’s opening. Once the exposition is out of the way, however, Hit! really scores with a number of sharp-edged secondary roles, a charismatic dimension to Williams’ leading performance, some tautly edited and dramatically photographed action setpieces and some nifty comic business deftly handled by Furie. Production values are topnotch.

Hit!

Production: Paramount. Dir Sidney J. Furie; Producer Harry Korshak; Screenplay Alan R. Trustman, David M. Wolf; Camera John A. Alonso; Editor Argyle Nelson; Music Lalo Schifrin

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1973. Running time: 134 MIN.

With: Billy Dee Williams Richard Pryor Paul Hampton Gwen Welles Warren Kemmerling Janet Brande

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