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« on: March 12, 2006, 07:32:48 AM »


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079270/


i don't think this has had a dvd release yet but i'd really like to see it, if anyone has seen it or can help me out, please let me know
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2006, 02:35:37 PM »

derringdo,
thank you for your assistance. i emailed said jerksi (no response yet) in addition to an amzon seller for the vhs.
i can handle slow and depressing, in fact i own many.
hoping LVC and mcgohan get some scenes together but, beyond a shoot out at the end of a chase, i'm not getting my hopes up
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2006, 07:01:35 PM »

good luck getting a response from jerksi. I have e-mailed him several times with a question but he never answered back. and that was over 3 months ago!!!!

anyway according to Imdb this movie was made for television. is that true? or is it one of Imdb's many mistakes.

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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2006, 07:44:52 PM »

All sources I've seen list it as a British or Irish made-for-tv movie.

Thanks.

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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2006, 08:38:23 PM »

LVC talks MacGoohan into taking One Last Job, so I assume they share scenes then. 
Thats strange, i assumed LVC would be the cop trying to catch/stop McGoohan! Thats why i wasn't sure if they'd share scenes
i'll try the email if i don't hear from jerksi

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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2009, 01:47:49 PM »

Holy crap, I hadn't realized this had been released: http://www.lovelockandload.net/forum/index.php?page=72

Not to be confused, of course, with either the Ida Lupino movie or the Michael J Fox film of the same name.

I'm definitely picking this up when I get the chance . . .

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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2009, 02:46:01 PM »

We're talking about this: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079270/

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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2009, 03:12:19 PM »

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A professional assassin is coerced into taking on one last job.

Well, that sounds original.

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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2009, 07:42:48 PM »

It would also appear the director made himself a recognizable name in the business with this one, although on the wrong side of the spectrum.

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« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2009, 02:55:27 PM »

Since when does Jinkies visit the LoveLockAndLoad forum?

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« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2009, 03:02:13 PM »

Well, I just followed a link from somewhere else (I don't recall where). I'll take news from anywhere, especially where DVDs are concerned.

EDIT: Of course, Cinema Retro had the link. I should have given them credit from the get-go.

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« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2009, 08:54:46 PM »

Holy crap, I hadn't realized this had been released: http://www.lovelockandload.net/forum/index.php?page=72

Not to be confused, of course, with either the Ida Lupino movie or the Michael J Fox film of the same name.

I'm definitely picking this up when I get the chance . . .

Cool. Thaks for posting this. MacGoohan and Van Cleef. I really want to see this. I've picked up a few Network PAL DVDs and the quality's been very good.

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« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2009, 03:28:54 AM »

looks very interesting yes.

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« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2009, 05:48:45 PM »

EDIT: Of course, Cinema Retro had the link. I should have given them credit from the get-go.

Cinema Retro wants to interview Tony Anthony for the COMIN' AT YA re-release.
Will you bother to see the film because CR thinks of it highly?

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« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2009, 05:30:03 PM »

My UK DVD arrived this week and I gave it a spin. The plot is no great shakes: Patrick McGoohan is John Conner (in his pre-Skynet days?), a retired assassin who LVC wants to coerce back into action. McGoohan demurs. LVC insists by subtly threatening the man's estranged wife ("Nice family."). So, McGoohan agrees to do "just one more job"--except the job isn't what LVC wants but rather the one where McGoohan delivers his job termination notice with extreme prejudice. Yes, it's all leading to the Big Gundown at the end of the trail.

In spite of the trite story, the made-for-TV movie is fun because of the Irish setting, the attention to interesting details (there are several scenes of men lovingly caring for their weapons) and of course the face-off between McGoohan and LVC (together again for the first time!). There's also an interesting score--the producers went to a shop, bought a copy of Eno's Music For Films, and then applied two tracks to the soundtrack (there's also a more traditional bit of Irish music for the end credits).

The DVD has a hazy transfer with a lot of digital artifacts. Still, it's a fun title to have in the house, and there are some effective shots that survive the poor transfer (the film was in fact photographed by Henri Decea). I've cherry-picked some to the better images:

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