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Deathcheaters (1976)

Deathcheaters (1976)

Here's a movie about a couple of stuntmen (John Hargreaves and Grant Page), who perform stunts! And then get recruited by an unspecified branch of government to infiltrate a factory-looking locale with a safe, extract certain papers from said safe and then get out of there!

I like the premise, I like the pace, I like the times and scenery, and I like the stunts, and I like the charm that the main characters all radiate - it's a good cast - but I do feel like I'm missing a certain sense of desperation and realism otherwise.

The stunts may be dangerous, but apart from the one moment where one of the guys is hanging through a hatch in an escalator twenty-something meters above ground it just doesn't come across enough. And only the main duo contribute to the battle. Everybody else seems like a stand-in without script or purpose.

Still gotta love it for the dangers, and these two charming strangers, but it really feels like they had some potential here they didn't use as well as they could have.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

Seems like Grant Page is still going strong btw, John Hargreaves unfortunately died back in 1996... of AIDS! Not what you might've expected after seeing this.

RIP.

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