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Aldrich's adaptation of Mickey Spillane's private eye tale takes pulp literature high concept. Meeker, as Mike Hammer, is a self-interested rough-and-tumble all-American dick (detective, that is). When a woman to whom he happened to give a ride is found murdered, he follows the mystery straight into a nuclear conspiracy. Aldrich, with tongue deftly in cheek, styles a message through the medium; topsy-turvy camera work and rat-a-tat-tat pacing tell volumes about Hammer, the world he orbits, and that special '50s kind of paranoia. Now a cult fave, it's considered to be the American grandaddy to French New Wave.

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Available on Running time 105 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Private Eyes, Film Noir, Mike Hammer
Screenplay
A.I. Bezzerides
Cast
Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart, Wesley Addy, Cloris Leachman, Strother Martin, Marjorie Bennett, Jack Elam, Maxine Cooper, Gaby Rodgers, Nick Dennis, Jack Lambert, Percy Helton
Cinematography
Ernest Laszlo
Director
Robert Aldrich
Music
Frank DeVol
Producer
United Artists, Robert Aldrich

Awards

Natl. Film Reg. 1999.

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