Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||J. Lee Thompson|
|Produced by||Lance Hool|
|Written by||Morton S. Fine|
Milton S. Gelman
|Music by||Jerry Goldsmith|
|Cinematography||Álex Phillips Jr.|
Giff Hoyt (Bronson), a cafe owner in Cabo Blanco, Peru after World War II is caught between refuge-seeking Nazis and their enemies. After the murder of a sea explorer is passed off as accidental death by the corrupt local police, Giff becomes suspicious. The police chief (Rey) also intimidates a new arrival Marie (Sanda), and Giff intervenes to help her. Giff suspects Beckdorff (Robards), a Nazi refugee living in the area. Beckdorff, it emerges, is seeking to uncover sunken treasure.
- Charles Bronson - Gifford Hoyt
- Jason Robards - Gunther Beckdorff
- Dominique Sanda - Marie Claire Allesandri
- Fernando Rey - Captain Terredo
- Simon MacCorkindale - Lewis Clarkson
- Camilla Sparv - Hera
- Gilbert Roland - Ramirez
- Denny Miller - Horst
- Clifton James - Lorrimer
Bronson said "I was drawn to it because it didn't have too much violence in it. The script read and smelled like the kind of thing I enjoyed as a kid, something far away from the mines."
The film was poorly received by critics, described as an "appalling rehash" of Casablanca and as "indescribably inept" by Time Out. Halliwell's Film Guide described it as a "witless spoof of Casablanca which seems to have been cobbled together from a half-finished negative."
Jerry Vermilye states that the movie's producers advised the trade press that it was not a remake of Casablanca, arguing that the similarities were very limited.
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