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Rough Cut (1980)

Directed by:
Don Siegel
COUNTRY
USA

GENRE
Heist/Comedy

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Kjeltringer, vi?

RUNNING TIME
101 minutes

Produced by:
David Merrick
Written by (based on a novel by Derek Lambert):
Larry Gelbart


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Jack Rhodes Burt Reynolds
Gillian Bromley Lesley-Anne Down
Chief Inspector Cyril Willis David Niven
Nigel Lawton Timothy West -
Ernst Mueller Patrick Magee
Ferguson Al Matthews -
Sheila Susan Littler -
Inspector Vanderveld Joss Ackland -
Mrs. Willis Isabel Dean -
De Gooyer Wolf Kahler -
Pilbrow Andrew Ray -

 

Review

A stylish and frisky caper comedy starring a dapper and irresistibly charismatic Burt Reynolds and a delicate and impish Lesley-Anne Down. The two strike up an exquisite chemistry between them which elevates a rather ordinary but well-written crime story, adapted by M*A*S*H penner Larry Gelbart from Derek Lambert's novel "Touch the Lion's Paw". In what would be his penultimate film, veteran director Don Siegel (Dirty Harry, The Shootist) guides his stars and the narrative skilfully, ensuring a rather effective balance between playful facetiousness and serious heist drama. The movie's real magnetism is all down to Reynolds, however. He is dapper and immaculately elegant, sporting his take on the Transatlantic accent. The combination of Down and the European setting makes him seem more sophisticated. And he delivers quip after quip with his usual brilliant comic timing. There's also a refined supporting performance by an in-form David Niven, one of his last screen appearances.

Copyright 04.08.2023 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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