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Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966)

Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round





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James Coburn stars in this comedy-melodrama as Eli Kotch, who uses his charm to obtain a parole from prison by having an affair with a female psychologist. Eli's plan upon getting out of jail is to rob a bank at the L.A. International Airport. The date of the bank robbery coincides with the arrival of the Russian premier, so that bank security will be minimal with the premier attracting most of the airport security forces. Harrison Ford appears in his film debut in the bit part of a bellhop.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Bernard Girard
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 30, 2003
Sony Pictures Entertainment


James Coburn
as Eli Kotch
Camilla Sparv
as Inger Knudson
Nina Wayne
as Frieda Schmid
Aldo Ray
as Eddie Hart
Robert Webber
as Milo Stewart
Rose Marie
as Margaret Kirby
Todd Armstrong
as Alfred Morgan
Marian Moses
as Dr. Marion Hague
Michael Strong
as Paul Feng
Severn Darden
as Miles Fisher
James Westerfield
as Jack Balter
Phillip Pine
as George Logan
Simon Scott
as William Anderson
A. Ben Astar
as Gen. Mailenkoff
Michael St. Angel
as Capt. William Yates
Larry D. Mann
as Officer Howard
Alex Rodine
as Translator
Albert Nalbandian
as Willie Manus
Tyler McVey
as Lyman Mann
Roy E. Glenn Sr.
as Sgt. Elmer K. Coxe
Al Nalbandian
as Willie Manus
Joey Faye
as Taxi Driver
Mary Young
as Mrs. Galbrace
George D. Wallace
as Police Chief Yates
Tanya Lemani
as Belly Dancer
Harrison Ford
as Bellhop Pager
Stephanie Hill
as Janice Brown
George Wallace (II)
as Police Chief Yates
George Wallace
as Police Chief Yates
George Wallace I
as Police Chief Yates
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Critic Reviews for Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | September 10, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Lags until it hits the climactic caper scene.

Full Review… | March 13, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Dated and very dull.

October 6, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Serviceable film best known for the film debut of Harrison Ford as the bell hop!

December 18, 2004
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

August 17, 2005

Audience Reviews for Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round


Nice heist movie. Also Harrison Ford's first film appearance.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

Tough guy James Coburn dully drags through a crime caper of epicly dull proportions. A con man (Coburn) is released from jail just to start planning for his next hit. Not much of anything to get excited about but not as bad as it might have been with a lesser actor in the lead. The only reason to give it a try if for the 5 second cameo by Harrison Ford in his first role as a bell hop.

The sort of thing Coburn was doing in his sleep by then. Watch for Harrison Ford's first big screen appearance.

Brad West

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