The Marseille Contract (The Destructors) (1974)





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Set in Paris, this crime melodrama chronicles the attempts of a U.S. drug agent to stop a major drug-lord. Though the agent realizes his three predecessors have been assassinated, and that the French government doesn't necessarily approve of the Yank's harassment of a French citizen, he is determined to succeed.
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Anthony Quinn
as Steve Ventura
Michael Caine
as John Deray
James Mason
as Jacques Brizard
Maureen Kerwin
as Inspector Briac
Catherine Rouvel
as Brizard's Mistress
Maurice Ronet
as Inspector Briac
Pierre Salinger
as Williams
Hella Petri
as Countess
Sam White
as Cardplayer
Jean Bouchaud
as Rouget
Georges Beller
as Minieri
Robert Rondo
as Matthews
Gib Grossac
as Fournier
John Rico
as The Informer
Pierre Koulak
as Wilson
Charles Millot
as The Butler
Diane Zura
as The Girl
Ed Marcus
as Detective Fargas
Alan Rossett
as Poker Player
Billy Kearns
as Poker Player
James Jones
as Poker Player
Gene Moskowitz
as Poker Player
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Critic Reviews for The Marseille Contract (The Destructors)

All Critics (2)

Even though he doesn't appear until approximately the half-hour mark, Caine earns top honors as the smooth assassin.

Full Review… | September 26, 2015
Creative Loafing

With enough clichés to fill the Seine.

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
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Audience Reviews for The Marseille Contract (The Destructors)

Fed up with the inability of a corrupt law enforcement system to bring down rich, connected heroin trafficker Jacques Brizard (James Mason), US agent in Paris Steve Ventura (Anthony Quinn) resorts to corruption himself. Because Brizard's political influence presents an unsurmountable obstacle, Ventura decides to simply have him assassinated. Ventura's fast and loose French envoy is too by-the-book to collaborate; but he is more than happy to recommend a hitman who will; who turns out coincidentally to be one of Ventura's old dear, and seemingly wholesome friends. The hitman, John Deray (Michael Caine) sets up Brizard for the kill, but infiltrates the man's life so well that an impressed Brizard inducts him into his organization for considerably more pay than Deray was making freelance. But is Deray really going to switch sides, and does Brizard really trust him? Suspensefully, Ventura tries to call off the hit, but can't, leaving Deray and Brizard to entrap each other in violent game of intrigue that can have only one winner.

Amber Levi
Amber Levi

A film that builds suspense, excitement. Anthony Quinn, James Mason and Michael Caine star in this very well made drug cartel thriller. No chase scenes, just drama. In the end the good guys win, but with a price. "The Destructors," once titled "The Marseilles Connection," involves Anthony Quinn, as the harried American narcotics chief in Paris, in a variety of murderous machinations to eliminate James Mason, as the Marseilles kingpin of the international dope traffic. Mr. Mason, it turns out in a highly convoluted plot, has knocked off our hero's best agents, thus driving him to Maurice Ronet, as a seemingly helpful Parisian police inspector, and Michael Caine, as a professional hit man, womanizer and old friend, and others, to do the job. Caine is pulled off the job by Quinn but does not know this. But Quinn catche up with him and they join forces only to get involved in a shoot out. An interesting, well made film. For fans of Anthony Quinn, Michael Caine and James Mason. Director: Robert Parrish Writer: Judd Bernard Stars: Michael Caine, Anthony Quinn and James Mason Runtime: 89 min Sound Mix: Mono Color: Color

monsieur rick
monsieur rick

Two great stars, one lousy script. I saw this movie on TV, and I was too bored to watch the whole thing.

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Aj V

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