Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round Reviews
July 8, 2008
Nice heist movie. Also Harrison Ford's first film appearance.
February 28, 2014
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.
October 13, 2008
The sort of thing Coburn was doing in his sleep by then. Watch for Harrison Ford's first big screen appearance.
October 10, 2007
This one had less than stellar reviews, but it, too, was exceptionally cheap--and it stars James Coburn, which I suppose is enough for me.
Coburn is Eli Kotch, an expert of a con man who slides between characters, accents, jobs, life stories and women like a politician through election platforms. We hear a number of names for him, and can never be sure that even Eli Kotch is a real name, but it doesn't matter too much. He gets out of prison by conning a psychiatrist and then immediately beings planning the robbery of an airport bank while the Russian Premier is visiting and coming in through that very same airport.
The major criticism of this film are accurate; it's not quite sloth-like in pace, but it's certainly leisurely, which is odd for a heist film. There's not much sense of danger or real suspense, and the characters--though engaging--are pretty flat. Still, it's great fun to watch James Coburn makes his way through many people with no real risk to himself, oozing charm and fun. Shame everything around him seems to lack energy. There's honestly not tons more to say than that.
June 26, 2013
Great sixties stuff, underrated.
January 25, 2007
DEAD HEAT ON A MERRY-GO-ROUND (1966)