Action Man/Peking Blonde/The Big Game/The Day of the Wolves [2 Discs] [DVD]
- SKU: 18301761
- Release Date: 01/26/2010
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Originally titled Le Soleil des Voyous, Action Man teams two veteran international film stars: France's Jean Gabin and America's Robert Stack. Gabin plays an ex-criminal, now reformed and ensconced in a respectable executive job. Stack plays an unreconstituted crook who wants to inveigle Gabin into one last caper. The crime goes off like clockwork, but drug dealers who want a piece of the action kidnap Gabin's wife Suzanne Flon and hold her for ransom. Stack ends up sacrificing his own life to save those of Gabin and Flon. Based on a novel by J. M. Flynn Action Man is the sort of bread-and-butter fare that director Jean Delannoy, famed for his earlier spiritual classics La Symphonie Pastorale (1946), Le Jeux Sons Faits (1947) and Diary of a Country Priest (1950), dealt with in his twilight years. In certain gamier markets, Action Man was released as Leather and Nylon. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Day of the Wolves
Another perfect crime is committed in this crime drama. This time, a tiny town finds itself terrorized and completely sealed off by seven strangely bearded men, who promptly begin stealing everything in sight. The only one who can save the town is the former sheriff. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
The Big Game
A scientist develops a device that gives him the power to manipulate military personnel and force them to fight, but first he must hire mercenaries to protect him and his invention. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
La Blonde de Pekin
The third film from director Nicolas Gessner, this espionage drama is a filmed adaptation of the novel You Have Yourself a Deal by James Hadley Chase. Mireille Darc stars as Christine, a mysterious blonde suffering from amnesia who becomes the focus of international attention as rival spies compete to discover her identity. Christine carries with her a giant, priceless pearl and could be the lover of a Chinese nuclear scientist and know many important secrets. To learn those secrets, CIA man Douglas (Edward G. Robinson) hires Gandler (Claudio Brook), an out-of-work actor, to pretend he is her husband and attempt to uncover the truth. But along the way, Gandler can't help but fall in love with her, throwing an unexpected wrench in the gears. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
Cast & Crew
- Jean Gabin - Denis Farrand
- Robert Stack - Jim Beckley
- Suzanne Flon - Marie-Jeanne Farrand
- Margaret Lee - Betty
- Jean Topart - M. Henri