SAVAGE STREETS
1984, MPM, 93 min, USA, Dir: Danny Steinmann

“There’s a time for revenge, and your time has come.” Linda Blair channels her inner Charles Bronson after a ruthless gang of drug-dealing dirtbags assaults her mute sister (played by scream queen Linnea Quigley) and murders her friend. Armed with crossbow, bear trap and a killer soundtrack, Blair seeks vengeance in this slice of ’80s cheese and sleaze.


FEAR IS THE KEY
1972, Paramount, 103 min, USA, Dir: Michael Tuchner

Adapted from Alistair MacLean’s novel, this British revenge thriller stars Barry Newman as a tough guy who isn’t quite what he seems, with a great Roy Budd soundtrack, a car chase to rival that of BULLITT and a wonderful closing twist to sweeten the deal. Keep an eye out for Ben Kingsley in his feature debut!


TOPAZ
1969, Universal, 143 min, US, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Director Alfred Hitchcock delves deeper into the world of Cold War espionage he’d plumbed in TORN CURTAIN, adapting this thriller from Leon Uris’ fact-based novel about the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. When a defector reveals the Soviet plan to install nuclear missiles in Cuba, the CIA turns to French spy André Devereaux (Frederick Stafford) to gather intelligence. Complicating his work is a cadre of French double-agents codenamed “Topaz.” With Michel Piccoli and Philippe Noiret.


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