HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
1 chance sur 2
Betterman
Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo
Yin Yang Master, The
Hail, Mafia!
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase
Mirai
Strange House, The
Morfalous, Les
Dreambuilders
Everything Went Fine
Lux AEterna
Rum Runners
Fairy and the Devil, The
Mad God
Outside the Law
I Remember Mama
Superman Unbound
Lawrence of Belgravia
House Across the Lake, The
Wonder Park
Hornsby e Rodriguez
Operation Mincemeat
5 Kung Fu Daredevil Heroes
Scoob!
Earwig
Offseason
Peau Douce, La
Double Indemnity
Na Cha and the Seven Devils
Deep Murder
Superman vs. the Elite
Adam Project, The
Osamu Tezuka's Last Mystery of the 20th Century
Horse, La
Buffaloed
Train Robbers, The
Let Sleeping Cops Lie
Abominable
Funeral, The
   
 
Newest Articles
3 From Arrow Player: Sweet Sugar, Girls Nite Out and Manhattan Baby
Little Cat Feat: Stephen King's Cat's Eye on 4K UHD
La Violence: Dobermann at 25
Serious Comedy: The Wrong Arm of the Law on Blu-ray
DC Showcase: Constantine - The House of Mystery and More on Blu-ray
Monster Fun: Three Monster Tales of Sci-Fi Terror on Blu-ray
State of the 70s: Play for Today Volume 3 on Blu-ray
The Movie Damned: Cursed Films II on Shudder
The Dead of Night: In Cold Blood on Blu-ray
Suave and Sophisticated: The Persuaders! Take 50 on Blu-ray
Your Rules are Really Beginning to Annoy Me: Escape from L.A. on 4K UHD
A Woman's Viewfinder: The Camera is Ours on DVD
Chaplin's Silent Pursuit: Modern Times on Blu-ray
The Ecstasy of Cosmic Boredom: Dark Star on Arrow
A Frosty Reception: South and The Great White Silence on Blu-ray
You'll Never Guess Which is Sammo: Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon on Blu-ray
Two Christopher Miles Shorts: The Six-Sided Triangle/Rhythm 'n' Greens on Blu-ray
Not So Permissive: The Lovers! on Blu-ray
Uncomfortable Truths: Three Shorts by Andrea Arnold on MUBI
The Call of Nostalgia: Ghostbusters Afterlife on Blu-ray
Moon Night - Space 1999: Super Space Theater on Blu-ray
Super Sammo: Warriors Two and The Prodigal Son on Blu-ray
Sex vs Violence: In the Realm of the Senses on Blu-ray
What's So Funny About Brit Horror? Vampira and Bloodbath at the House of Death on Arrow
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
   
 
  $ All You Need Is Cash
Year: 1971
Director: Richard Brooks
Stars: Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn, Gert Fröbe, Robert Webber, Scott Brady, Arthur Brauss, Robert Stiles, Wolfgang Kieling, Bob Herron, Christiane Maybach, Hans Hutter, Monica Stender, Horst Hesslein, Wolfgang Kuhlman, Klaus Schichan
Genre: ThrillerBuy from Amazon
Rating:  7 (from 1 vote)
Review: The bank is the ideal place for your money; they will keep it safe from being stolen, after all. And no bank is going to be more secure than the Bank of Hamburg, because they have just introduced a brand new system to their premises which makes it impossible to break in and get away with any amount of valuables. In theory, at least. The mastermind behind this latest technology is American Joe Collins (Warren Beatty), and he has plans of his own which concern deposits left in the bank's new vault: what if there were certain amounts of currency left there which, if stolen, their owners could not go to the police to get them back?

That's the title, $, and that's the way it appears on screen at the start, a large, gold dollar sign hoisted over Hamburg's docks by a crane. This both sums up the too-clever nature of the storytelling and equally the great novelty of the approach. This being the seventies, filmmakers were unafraid of taking the more experimental stylings to their supposedly straightforward and mainstream plots, and so it was with writer and director Richard Brooks here. And in truth, for that first hour all that fast cutting and refusal to spell out precisely what is going on does this thriller few favours.

What is actually happening, as far as you are allowed to ascertain, is a bank heist staged by Collins where he will steal the contents of three safety deposit boxes belonging to three lots of shady characters: U.S. military man Scott Brady, Las Vegas money launderer Robert Webber and decidedly sinister gangster and hitman Arthur Brauss. All of their boxes contain illegal gains, and if Collins pulls off his scheme, they will not be able to speak up about the theft to the authorities due to their criminal natures. However, the manner in which this is conveyed is obscure at best, and many viewers may find their attention wandering.

But I'm here to tell you, stick with it, because there's an excellent caper movie struggling to get out of Brooks' overembellished technique. What he is doing with all this muddle of an opening half is the equivalent of carefully placing his pieces on a chessboard so he can go for the eventual checkmate, so Collins' relationship to prostitute Dawn Divine (Goldie Hawn) is revealed to be one of partners in crime as she has been sleeping with the potential victims so he can get all the information he needs through her. Things really start to come together when we reach the heist, and although it has been too long in coming, it's worth the wait.

Collins contrives to get locked in the vault with a supposed bomb (it isn't, he has simply ordered Dawn to phone in a convincing threat) and even though there is a security camera panning over the room (good thing he didn't install two of them for each side, isn't it?) which is being monitored, he manages to relieve the boxes of their valuables, including a bottle of what he takes to be champagne. It is here that the viewer sits up and notices this is getting good, and not simply coasting on the charm of Beatty and Hawn, for what the grand finale consists of is a masterful chase sequence lasting a good half hour if not more with Collins on the run and his plans not going so smoothly as he had hoped now the money has been liberated. With such weird and striking business as Dawn enjoying an orgasm at the thought of being rich or a pursuit over an unsafe frozen lake, $ is not quite funny enough to be a riproaring comedy, but it is engagingly quirky and rewarding... you just have to get past that first bit. Groovy music by Quincy Jones.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 9203 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
Mary Sibley
Enoch Sneed
Graeme Clark
  Desbris M
  Sheila Reeves
Paul Smith
   

 

Last Updated: