Los Angeles private investigator Harry Moseby is hired by a client to find her runaway teenage daughter. Moseby tracks the daughter down, only to stumble upon something much more intriguing and sinister.
A vicious Kansas City slaughterhouse owner and his hick family are having a bloody "beef" with the Chicago crime syndicate over profits from their joint illegal operations. Top enforcer Nick Devlin is sent to straighten things out.
Eddie's friends are numerous, but the term "friends" is suspect. As a small time hood, Eddie is about to go back to jail. In order to escape this fate, he deals information on stolen guns to the feds. Simultaneously he is supplying arms to his bank robbing/kidnapping hoodlum chums. But who else is dealing with the feds? Who gets the blame for snitching on the bank robbers?Written by
If you can't do the time, don't have friends who do the crime.
Every now and then HBO feeds the illusion it's worth subscribing to for movies by showing one like this. Classic crime story featuring great performances, esp Mitchum as "working-class" hood whose life intersects with bank robbers, an aggressive cop and his informant. Set around Boston, this would make a good double bill with "Mystic River." The novelist, Higgins, was a Boston attorney, and this film has a realistic look and sound (I know Boston, although I know nothing about crime). Some of Higgins' paperbacks featured blurbs by Elmore Leonard, and as one of the other reviewers pointed out, one of the (male) characters in this story is named Jackie Brown! According to Higgins, Leonard, Hammett, etc., the most dangerous part of a life of crime is other criminals.
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