99 and 44/100% Dead
|99 and 44/100% Dead|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||John Frankenheimer|
|Produced by||Mickey Borofsky|
|Written by||Robert Dillon|
|Music by||Henry Mancini|
|Edited by||Harold F. Kress|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
Harry Crown, a stylish professional hit man with a pair of Browning Hi-Power 9mm pistols with ivory grips, carried in a shoulder holster, is brought in by mob boss "Uncle Frank" Kelly when his operation is challenged by Big Eddie, a grinning, lisping rival.
Crown is caught in the crossfire, as is his romantic interest, Buffy, a third-grade schoolteacher. In his attempt to take over the rackets, Big Eddie has hired Marvin "The Claw" Zuckerman, a sadistic one-armed killer with a prosthetic attachment that includes machine guns and knives.
Buffy is abducted, causing Harry to ignore Uncle Frank's warnings not to take on Eddie's men in broad daylight. A showdown in a warehouse results in The Claw being overpowered and literally disarmed. Harry appears to be too late to save Buffy, but a gunshot rings out and Big Eddie falls to the ground, slain by Uncle Frank.
- Richard Harris as Harry Crown
- Edmond O'Brien as Uncle Frank Kelly
- Bradford Dillman as Big Eddie
- Chuck Connors as Marvin 'Claw' Zuckerman
- Ann Turkel as Buffy
- Constance Ford as Dolly
- David Hall as Tony
- Kathrine Baumann as Baby
- Janis Heiden as Clara
- Max Kleven as North
- Karl Lukas as Guard
- Tony Brubaker as Burt (as Anthony Brubaker)
- Jerry Summers as Shoes
- Roy Jenson as Jake
Frankenheimer later described the film as "a bit off center":
It's like 1970s pop art, the idea being, quickly, that our society is so violent that the person best qualified to cope with it is the professional killer. I hope what happens won't be what happened with The Manchurian Candidate — horrible reviews and then five years later it's on everyone's list. I don't want that to happen again.
In an interview two decades later, Frankenheimer himself thought the film a failure. He felt that he did not do his best work on it and in hindsight, shouldn't do this sort of satire.
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