HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Covert Action
Strangler's Web
Host
Nimic
House of Bamboo
Murder Me, Monster
Hell and High Water
Possessor
Flint
Miserables, Les
Ritz, The
Patrick
Cemetery
Girls of the Sun
Princess and the Goblin, The
Skyfire
Upright
Incredible Kung Fu Mission
Dirty Cops
You Cannot Kill David Arquette
Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist
Son's Room, The
Evil Hits Evil
Agency
Blue My Mind
Thumbelina
Proxima
Aprile
Assassination Nation
Golden Key, The
Image Book, The
On Body and Soul
Unhinged
Eyewitness
Girlfriends
Danger Within
Rent-A-Pal
Battle in Outer Space
H-Man, The
   
 
Newest Articles
Newley Minted: The Strange World of Gurney Slade on Blu-ray
Bad Love: The Night Porter on Blu-ray
Brevity is the Soul of Weird: Short Sharp Shocks on Blu-ray
Get Your Ass to Mars: Total Recall on Blu-ray
Call the Professionals: Le Cercle Rouge on Blu-ray
When There's No More Room in Hell: Dawn of the Dead on Blu-ray
The Butterfly Effect: Mothra on Blu-ray
Living Room Theatre: Play for Today Volume 1 on Blu-ray
Didn't He Do Well: The Bruce Forsyth Show on DVD
Blood Wedding: The Bride with White Hair on Blu-ray
The Inhuman Element: The Ladykillers on 4K UHD
As You Like It, Baby: Breathless on Blu-ray
Stargazing: Light Entertainment Rarities on DVD
Down to the Welles: Orson Welles Great Mysteries Volume 2 on DVD
Herding Cats: Sleepwalkers on Blu-ray
Confessions of a Porn Star: Adult Material on DVD
They're Still Not Sure It is a Baby: Eraserhead on Blu-ray
Werewolves are Real: Dog Soldiers on Digital
Rose: A Love Story - Producers April Kelley and Sara Huxley Interview
Phone Phreak: 976-EVIL on Blu-ray
Living the Nightmare: Dementia on Blu-ray
Becky and The Devil to Pay: Ruckus and Lane Skye Interview
Big Top Bloodbath: Circus of Horrors on Blu-ray
A Knock on the Door at 4 O'clock in the Morning: The Strangers on Blu-ray
Wives of the Skies: Honey Lauren Interview
   
 
  St. Ives The Go-Between
Year: 1976
Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: Charles Bronson, John Houseman, Jacqueline Bisset, Maximilian Schell, Harry Guardino, Harris Yulin, Dana Elcar, Michael Lerner, George Memmoli, Dick O'Neill, Elisha Cook Jr, Jerome Thor, Burr DeBenning, Daniel J. Travanti, Jeff Goldblum, Robert Englund
Genre: ThrillerBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: Raymond St. Ives (Charles Bronson) is lying in bed in the cheap hotel room where he stays, even at this late hour in the day, when his agent (Michael Lerner) opens the door and encourages him to get up and face life. He has a job for him seeing as how St. Ives has retired from his previous employment as a police reporter to write a book, a plan that has not borne much fruit. It's simple enough: act as a go-between for wealthy eccentric Prokane (John Houseman) who has seen his secret plans for a robbery stolen. But how simple is it really?

After Harper was a hit back in the mid-sixties, the major Hollywood movie stars lined up to step into Paul Newman's shoes, and in that way Humphrey Bogart's shoes to pay a further tribute, and appear in their own efforts as private detectives. St. Ives was not strictly a private dick, yet he certainly acted like one for the whole of this story even though he was at pains to stay on the periphery of the unfolding mystery, and indeed until the end where everything is wrapped up our hero hardly needed to be present at all. But we had to have someone provide an entry point for the plot, and he was it.

Those used to seeing Bronson in two-fisted roles might be shortchanged here, as for the most part he could almost be sipping martinis with one elbow resting on the mantlepiece, which he would sometimes joke about trying as a change of pace from his usual thrillers. There are a couple of action sequences, with the star performing his own stunts including a striking fall down a lift shaft thanks to Jeff Goldblum and Robert Englund ganging up on him (rest assured, they pay for their hubris), but for the most part Stives was a curiously mellow role where he would largely stand back and allow the others to get on with the doublecrossing and so forth.

Actually, with its flat, television movie look and lack of any real violence or bad language, what this most resembled was a feature length episode of one of those detective series so beloved of television audiences of the decade. If you ever wanted to see what The Rockford Files would have been like with Bronson in the lead, then here was your chance, although Stives was on the receiving end of being knocked out far fewer times than James Garner ever was - remember who we're dealing with, after all. As you might have gathered, this rendered the yarn less cinematic than it might have been, but if you did like vintage TV shows then this would be the Bronson vehicle for you.

Adding to the bonus of a decent story fairly well told, if nothing special, was the cast, mainly made up of Hollywood veterans more than capable of breathing life into some undeniably two-dimensional roles. In the first scene alone Michael Lerner was interacting with Elisha Cook Jr, and sticking with it would see the likes of Houseman (sporting dyed red hair, oddly), Maximilian Schell as a psychiatrist, Harris Yulin as a cop, and many more familiar faces even if you couldn't immediately bring their names to mind. There was but one main female character, however, and she was Prokane's companion Janet Whistler, played by Jacqueline Bisset, but making up for the fact the rest of the cast were a bunch of blokes few would describe as eye candy. All this lot make things difficult for Stives, but Bronson was a lot more charming than his accustomed image often allowed, a good enough reason to watch what was second tier material otherwise. The music was unmistakably by Lalo Schifrin.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2813 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

J. Lee Thompson  (1914 - 2002)

Veteran British director frequently in Hollywood, usually with stories featuring an adventure or thriller slant. Among his many films, including a number of Charles Bronson movies, are capital punishment drama Yield to the Night, adventures Ice Cold in Alex and North West Frontier, the original Cape Fear, Tiger Bay, wartime epic The Guns of Navarone, What a Way To Go!, horror Eye of the Devil, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Battle for the Planet of the Apes and slasher Happy Birthday to Me.

 
Review Comments (1)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Andrew Pragasam
Graeme Clark
Enoch Sneed
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
  Lee Fiveash
  Mick Stewart
  Dsfgsdfg Dsgdsgsdg
   

 

Last Updated: