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1975 Running time: 120 Certificate: 18 Rating: 4
KA Hustle

Synopsis

In a world full of crime and sleaze, Burt Reynolds puts in a decent shift as a weary LA cop whose investigation into the death of a call girl makes him reassess his previously laid-back relationship with prostitute girlfriend Catherine Deneuve. Typically hard-boiled, cynical fare from Dirty Dozen director Robert Aldrich.

Director

  • Robert Aldrich

Cast

  • Burt Reynolds

  • Catherine Deneuve

  • Ben Johnson

  • Paul Winfield

  • Eddie Albert

  • Ernest Borgnine

Review

You can always rely on Robert Aldrich to take the spring out of your step. But this is a director who rarely fails to keep you interested and this exploration of LA's seedy underbelly is a case in point.

Gradually worn down by the crime and misanthropy he sees every day, seasoned cop Gaines (Reynolds) finds his laissez-faire attitude tested by a bereaved father (veteran Ben Johnson) who refuses to believe his estranged daughter committed suicide.

Gaines' partner (Paul Winfield) is forced to agree. As the pair work the case, Gaines finds a trail of corruption that leads back to his girlfriend (Deneuve) - another hooker; high-class, but a hooker none the less.

Unsurprisingly, Gaines begins to take a less accepting attitude to their open relationship.

As bleak, misanthropic and absorbing as a Jim Thompson novel, Hustle occasionally jars everyone from their grim reverie with sharp bursts of violence. But Lethal Weapon this is not.

Look out for the young Robert Englund - the man who would be Freddy Krueger - in an early appearance as a hold-up man.