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.