The Domino Principle (1977)

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Movie Info

Stanley Kramer directed this paranoid thriller involving a murderer who is inexplicably released from prison by a mysterious organization. Gene Hackman is Roy Tucker, serving time in San Quentin when he's busted out by a secret organization in return for having to assassinate an unnamed person. Roy travels from San Francisco to Spain trying to find out why he was released from prison and who he has to kill. His only lead is the organization is run by a collection of unknown people, collectively known as "They."
Rating:
R
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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In Theaters:
 wide
Runtime:
Studio:
AVCO Embassy Pictures

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Cast

Mickey Rooney
as Spiventa
Eli Wallach
as Gen. Tom Reser
Gene Hackman
as Roy Tucker
Candice Bergen
as Ellie Tucker
Edward Albert
as Ross Pine - a member of the organization
Ken Swofford
as Ditcher
Jay Novello
as Capt. Ruiz
Majel Barrett
as Mrs. Schnaible
Farnesio de Bernal
as Bank Official
Farnesio DeBernal
as Bank Official
Wayne King
as Nebraska
Ted Gehring
as Schnaible
George Fisher
as Henemeyer
George Sawaya
as Assassination Victim
James Gavin
as Lenny
Bob Herron
as Brookshire
Denver Mattson
as Murdock
John Bear Hudkins
as Truck Driver
Patricia Luke
as Travel Agency Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Domino Principle

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

Stanley Kramer's film contains a lot of physical and logistical nonsense.

Full Review… | November 7, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

With a lame script and the leaden hand of Kramer's direction, it blows most of its chances.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Stanley Kramer was obviously trying for a message with this film, but it got lost within the intricate plot twists.

Full Review… | November 7, 2007
TV Guide

One of those hopelessly rotten thrillers that's so thin you're surprised it managed to stick to the celluloid.

Full Review… | October 16, 2010
eFilmCritic.com

Audience Reviews for The Domino Principle

Apparently I am the only person to have seen this movie. Don't knock the first domino unless you want the others to fall = everyone dies. 2009 Movies: 58

Ross Loehner
Ross Loehner
½

Late 70's conspiracy theorists unite as convict Hackman gets recruited to do a bit of dirty work for a clandestine organization with seemingly unlimited resources and funding. Not a bad vehicle to entertain but the execution leaves a lot to be desired, namely coherency. The actors do their part but the scenario is specious to say the least.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

Surprisingly muddled direction from Stanley Kramer. Great cast is just not utilized. Candice Bergen is sadly miscast, Gene Hackman overacts. Some good support though from Mickey Rooney and Richard Widmark. The film just jumps around too much. It lacks continuity and has way too many boring scenes.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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