6.5/10
466
22 user 9 critic

The Squeeze (1977)

R | | Crime, Drama | 20 March 1977 (UK)
A dangerous, violent gang kidnaps a woman and her daughter to extort some money from her rich husband. He and her down-on-his-luck ex-cop ex-husband decide to deal with the kidnappers themselves.

Director:

Michael Apted

Writers:

Leon Griffiths (screenplay), James Tucker (novel) (as David Craig)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Villain (1971)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In 1970s London, Scotland Yard orchestrates the downfall of mob boss Vic Dakin after he crosses the line by blackmailing Members of Parliament.

Director: Michael Tuchner
Stars: Richard Burton, Ian McShane, Nigel Davenport
Busting (1974)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Defying orders to lay-off the case, two Los Angeles vice-squad cops go after a local mobster and use unorthodox methods to achieve results.

Director: Peter Hyams
Stars: Elliott Gould, Robert Blake, Allen Garfield
Prime Cut (1972)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A vicious Kansas City slaughterhouse owner and his hick family are having a bloody "beef" with the Chicago crime syndicate over profits from their joint illegal operations. Top enforcer Nick Devlin is sent to straighten things out.

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Lee Marvin, Gene Hackman, Sissy Spacek
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Imprisoned Harry Lomart is a vicious, brute of a man and yet he is prepared to do his long jail term as he is confident that on his release his beautiful wife Pat will be waiting for him, but a visit from Pat brings him his worst nightmare.

Director: Douglas Hickox
Stars: Oliver Reed, Jill St. John, Ian McShane
Action | Thriller | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two inmates working to shore up a dike during a severe flood are swept away in the current along with their guard. The three of them wind up in an isolated house whose flooded interior contains a frightened woman.

Director: Charles Crichton
Stars: Howard Keel, Anne Heywood, Cyril Cusack
The Squeeze (1978)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A retired safe cracker is recruited by a young conman to return to the "business" for a million dollar heist.

Director: Antonio Margheriti
Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Karen Black, Edward Albert
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A woman who may be a witch defends her husband from forces attempting to harm him.

Director: Sidney Hayers
Stars: Peter Wyngarde, Janet Blair, Margaret Johnston
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two New York City cops go after amateur crooks who are trying to rip off the Mafia and start a gang war.

Director: Barry Shear
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto, Anthony Franciosa
Gorky Park (1983)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A Moscow police officer investigates a vicious triple homicide and stumbles upon a high-level international political conspiracy.

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy
Stardust (1974)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The rise and fall of the rock singer Jim Maclaine, in the mid 60s, with his manager, Mike, and his group, "The Stray Cats."

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: David Essex, Adam Faith, Larry Hagman
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A man is in radio contact with his family when their airplane is shot down. He wants those responsible and becomes a criminal to get a job as deep sea diver with those salvaging the plane's cargo.

Director: Michael Tuchner
Stars: Barry Newman, Suzy Kendall, John Vernon
Certificate: GP Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young woman's highly ordered and structured life is turned upside-down when she meets a handsome stranger at a party. Friendship soon develops into romance and for the first time in her ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Till
Stars: David Hemmings, Samantha Eggar, Emlyn Williams
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stacy Keach ... Jim Naboth
David Hemmings ... Keith
Edward Fox ... Foreman
Stephen Boyd ... Vic
Carol White ... Jill
Freddie Starr ... Teddy
Hilary Gasson Hilary Gasson ... Barbara
Rod Beacham Rod Beacham ... Doctor Jenkins
Stewart Harwood Stewart Harwood ... Des
Alan Ford ... Taff
Roy Marsden ... Barry
Leon Greene ... Commissionaire
Maureen Sweeney ... Sauna Receptionist
Lucinda Duckett Lucinda Duckett ... Sharon
Alison Portes Alison Portes ... Christine
Edit

Storyline

This Michael Apted-directed crime melodrama features Stacy Keach as Jim Naboth, a Scotland Yard cop on the skids, suffering from depression and alcoholism. He is summoned by Foreman (Edward Fox), a British security expert whose wife Jill (Carol White) and daughter are being held hostages by kidnappers until Foreman pays the crooks a million-dollar-plus ransom. Jim has to marshal his forces and regain his clarity to save Foreman's family. The pressure is even more intense for Jim, since Foreman's wife, Jill also happens to be his former spouse. Written by lament

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Abominável Extorsão See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Actor Richard Harris turned down the lead role of Jim Naboth that in the end was cast with Stacy Keach. See more »

Goofs

Green Mini seen parked in the robbery zone mysteriously vanishes after the motorcycle cop is shot before the robbers getaway with their loot. See more »

Quotes

Jim Naboth: Would you mind if I sit down Vic?
Vic: Oh I don't know, you wiped your arse lately?
Taff: I wouldn't have thought so, not by the state of his underpants!
See more »

Soundtracks

LISTEN TO THE MUSIC
Performed by The Doobie Brothers
Music and lyrics by Tom Johnston
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Squeeze The Juice out of this.
7 May 2004 | by buckaroobanzai50See all my reviews

This is a cracker of a movie. There are good performances all round, and some stylish direction from former documentary film-maker Michael Apted. Watch out for some shaky camera work in some scenes. He later on gave us Gorillas in the Mist, among many others. The main surprise in this, is how great Freddie Starr performs in his only film role. And it was certainly an inspired piece of casting-whoever is responsible, I take my hat off to you. Though it looks low budget, there are quite a few top weight actors in it, even by 1970s standards such as Edward Fox, and the late David Hemmings. Sheila White, the poor cow of the '60s does a fine job as the kidnapped wife of Fox's character.

It's not hard to see why Stacy Keach is so good as a man fighting substance abuse. He later on had his own troubles when he was caught entering the UK with drugs in 1984. Some years before, he portrayed a low grade boxer in Fat City with a young Jeff Bridges.

This was made in the '70s, it's quite violent and rough around the edges. You have been warned. Enjoy it anyway.


13 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 22 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed