The Squeeze 1977

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A gritty London crime drama, The Squeeze is as sleazy and tight as the tile suggests, with Stacy Keach and Jim Naboth, an alcoholic ex-cop who gets involved when the wife of friend Foreman (Edward Fox) is kidnapped, with the added complication that she’s also Naboth’s wife. David Hemmings and Stephen Boyd, in his final screen role, are the kidnappers, and the feel of 70’s gangland London, notably Clapham and Battersea, is well caught, with clapped-out boozers, massage parlours and strippers to the fore. Directed by Michael Apted from a James Tucker novel, The Squeeze is a nasty relic from the past, as appetizing as an alcohol-sodden beer-mat and yet compelling in its portrayal of low-life characters; Freddie Starr provides support as Naboth’s pal and was something of a handful on set from all accounts.

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