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Silver Bears

Director Ivan Passer has assembled a rather talented squad of performers, then marched them through a minefield, losing all hands in an attack on an uncertain objective.

Director Ivan Passer has assembled a rather talented squad of performers, then marched them through a minefield, losing all hands in an attack on an uncertain objective.

Michael Caine goes to Switzerland to set up a bank for mobster Martin Balsam, with the help of Louis Jourdan running swindle one against them. Caine and Jourdan get involved with Stephane Audran and David Warner’s swindle two silver-mine in Iran.

Adapted from Paul E. Erdman’s novel about international finance, Peter Stone’s script keeps the air filled with multi-million dollar figures, confounded hourly but yielding no interest.

Unceasingly cynical, the film lacks a single sympathetic character worth caring about. Everybody lies; everybody swindles; and all the bad guys – and girl – win in the end.

Silver Bears

  • Production: Columbia. Director Ivan Passer; Producer Alex Winitsky, Arlene Sellers; Screenplay Peter Stone; Camera Anthony Richmond; Editor Bernard Gribble; Music Claude Bolling; Art Director Edward Marshall
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1978. Running time: 113 MIN.
  • With: Michael Caine Cybill Shepherd Louis Jourdan Stephane Audran Tom Smothers David Warner
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