#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – A frightened woman is running barefoot on a highway, trying desperately to flag a car. After several cars pass her by, the woman sees another car approaching, and to make sure either the car stops – or, she’s killed, she stands in the path of an on-coming car. Private Investigator Mike Hammer is the one at the wheel, and after almost hitting the woman, he tells her to get in. The woman’s name is Christina Bailey.. She is obviously on the run, being barefoot and wearing nothing but a trench coat, and the scent of fear. Whoever was after her eventually catches up with them. Christina has information they want, but dies while being questioned. The killers fake an accident by pushing Hammer’s car off the road, but, he survives, waking up in hospital two weeks later. As Mike starts to investigate Christina’s death, he’s told by the police to stay out of it, but, the hard-nosed PI proceeds anyways. Little did he know that Christina’s secret would lead to death and destruction.
Plot: One evening, Hammer gives a ride to Christina, an attractive hitchhiker on a lonely country road, who has escaped from the nearby lunatic asylum. Thugs waylay them and force his car to crash. When Hammer returns to semi-consciousness, he hears Christina being tortured until she dies. Hammer, both for vengeance and in hopes that “something big” is behind it all, decides to pursue the case.
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The quest for the great whatsit
First-rate Mickey Spillane adaptation, easily the best film version of any of his novels that I’ve seen. Private eye Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) investigates the reasons behind the death of a hitchhiker (Cloris Leachman in her film debut). It’s a gritty, tough, violent noir with some good dialogue and morally grey (at best) characters. Meeker’s the perfect Hammer. Albert Dekker has a small but important part. The rest of the cast is good except for Nick Dennis, who goes full Eli Wallach in his role as Hammer’s mechanic friend. Robert Aldrich directs with style. The ending is pretty cool, but it’s definitely one of those “love it or hate it” things. It’s certainly memorable, which I think most of us can agree is part of what makes any film great.
Wonderfully grim and gritty 50’s noir gem
Tough private detective Mike Hammer (superbly played with unflinching ferocity and steely resolve by Ralph Meeker) stumbles onto a nefarious plot that puts his life in great danger when he decides to investigate the mysterious death of doomed hitchhiker Christina Bailey (Cloris Leachman in her fine film debut).
Director Robert Aldrich astutely nails the pervasive paranoia of the 50’s Cold War era, offers a vivid depiction of a harsh world that’s largely populated by deadly and hostile people (ironically, ostensible “hero” Hammer in particular comes across as one real nasty and selfish bastard), delivers several startling moments of savage violence, and maintains an unsparingly bleak, gritty, and amoral tone throughout. The hard-hitting script by A.J. Bezzerides provides plenty of spot-on stinging commentary on mankind’s self-destructive nature. The sterling acting from a topflight cast keeps this movie humming: Albert Dekker as elusive scientist Dr. G.E. Soberin, Patrick Stewart as shifty bigwig Carl Evello, Maxine Cooper as Hammer’s loyal secretary Velda, Nick Dennis as jolly mechanic Nick, Gaby Rodgers as ditsy dame Gabrielle, and Wesley Addy as the browbeating Lt. Pat Murphy. Moreover, there are memorable bits by Jack Lambert and Jack Elam as a pair of vicious goons, Juano Hernandez as streetwise boxing manager Eddie Yaeger, Strother Martin as antsy truck driver Harvey Wallace, Marion Carr as the flirtatious Friday, and Percy Helton as sniveling worm coroner Doc Kennedy. Gorgeously shot in moody black and white by Ernest Laszlo, with a brooding score by Fran De Vol, and a complete doozy of a nightmarish apocalyptic ending, this honey rates highly as one of the best film noirs from the 1950’s.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 46 min (106 min), 1 hr 44 min (104 min) (original) (USA)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director Robert Aldrich
Writer Mickey Spillane (novel), A.I. Bezzerides (screenplay)
Actors Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart, Juano Hernandez
Awards 1 win & 1 nomination.
Production Company United Artists
Sound Mix Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1, 1.66 : 1 (Criterion Collection Blu-ray)
Film Length 2,885 m (Finland), 2,904 m (Netherlands)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm