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Grand Slam (1968)

Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Edward G. Robinson, Janet Leigh, more...
Director: Giuliano Montaldo, Giuliano Montaldo
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Blue Underground
Genre: Foreign, Suspense/Thriller, Spain, Crime, Capers
Running Time: 119 min.
Languages: English, French
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A group of international jewel thieves band together to pull off a huge heist in this suspenseful caper film that was shot in Europe, New York, and Brazil. The adventure begins in Rio where a burned out school teacher (Edward G. Robinson) decides to chuck his unfulfilling career and try to steal some of the diamonds he sees being delivered to the gem company across the street from his classroom. Realizing that the theft must be carefully planned and delicately executed, he heads for New York to gain the assistance of an old friend, a crime boss (Adolfo Celi) who then gathers an outlaw group comprised of an electronics expert, a safecracker, a gigolo, and an ex-mercenary. They make their plans and head back to Rio when the city is engulfed in Carnival celebrations. Unfortunately, they quickly learn that the diamond company has installed a nearly impenetrable new security system called Grand Slam 70. While altering their plans, the company secretary (Janet Leigh) gets suspicious and makes a few plans of her own. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

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The original belongs in a time capsule; great fun

International caper flicks don't get any better than this Jules Dassin classic

GreenCine Member Reviews

See it for the cast, if nothing else. by Brujaria September 27, 2003 - 11:05 AM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I think the real problem with Grand Slam is that so many movies that came after it lifted every conceivable element from it. You end up with something that is dated and clichéd, through no fault of it's own. Also, those expecting over-the-top performances from cast members may be disappointed as this caper is played straight (some tend to confuse "boredom" with "restraint").
Even though you can see the twist ending coming a mile off and so many elements seem familiar due to their frequent use after this film came out, it still manages some tension and in the end it's the cast that makes it worth while. I'm not saying this film pioneered these elements, but at the time they were certainly a little more unusual.
Also it should be noted, the disc is a beautiful, sharp 2.35 scope transfer which is definitely a plus.

Ok Italian heist movie by ColonelKong July 3, 2003 - 9:28 AM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Grand Slam has a pretty neat safecracking scene toward the end (somewhat similar to scenes in Michael Mann's much better Thief and in Steven Soderbergh's rather lightweight but entertaining Ocean's 11), lots of nice location photography in Rio De Janiero, and some catchy music, but it starts out fairly dull and takes a long time to get to the good stuff. I never expected to see Edward G. Robinson, Klaus Kinski, and Janet Leigh together in a movie, Adolfo Celi (Thunderball, Diabolik [which really really needs to be on DVD, it was a big influence on Roman Coppola's CQ]) also shows up briefly. As is usual in any non-Werner Herzog film he's in, Kinski looks pretty bored.

Not a bad film, but there's better Italian crime and better heist movies out there.

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(Average 6.00)
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