The Nickel Ride (1975)
In this gripping crime drama, a gangster manages several warehouses of pilfered loot. When he is sent out to negotiate for more space, his gangster boss gets nervous. Believing his employee to be more of a risk than an asset, the boss orders him carefully watched and ultimately destroyed.
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Critic Reviews for The Nickel Ride
Avant-garde gangster film with a brilliant use of color and an unusually gentle protagonist.
Audience Reviews for The Nickel Ride
In "The Nickel Ride," everybody loves Cooper(Jason Miller).
The street vendor loves him. The bartender at the tavern where he takes free drinks every morning loves him. And of course his beloved wife Sarah(Linda Haynes) loves him.
And then there is a hiccup in his perfect life. Cooper has a great plan to turn a single block into a full and complete distribution center for every criminal enterprise in his area of responsibility. But Elias(Bart Burns), his police contact, is not coming through like he said he would. At least, Carl(John Hillerman) still says he has complete confidence in Cooper.
Set among the seedy underworld of downtown Los Angeles, "The Nickel Ride" is an intriguing and downbeat character study of somebody whose critical fault is that he tries to be everything for everybody, even though in his job he has to do some very unpleasant things. That lasts long enough until the shoe is on the other foot, when he finds out first hand that the worst thing for anybody is not to know where you stand, no matter how much he is reassured. And the movie does a very good job of capturing that feeling of paranoia.
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