Cold Sweat (1970 film)
|Directed by||Terence Young|
|Produced by||Robert Dorfmann
|Written by||Dorothea Bennett
|Based on||the novel Ride the Nightmare
by Richard Matheson
|Music by||Michel Magne|
|Release dates||June 14, 1970|
|Running time||94 min.|
|Country||France / Italy|
Cold Sweat is a 1970 French/ Italian international co-production starring Charles Bronson and directed by Terence Young. It is based on the 1959 novel Ride the Nightmare by Richard Matheson. It was filmed in and around Beaulieu-sur-Mer.
Joe Martin, an American, rents boats in the South of France. He has a wife, Fabienne, and a daughter of 12. Things are going fine for Joe until his past catches up with him.
A Korean War veteran, Joe, then an army sergeant was imprisoned for striking his Colonel after the war in Germany. In the military prison he meets his former company commander Captain Ross and a fellow soldier who served under Joe called Vermont. They have been imprisoned for black marketeering and hijacking army vehicles. Joe, then known as "Joe Moran", agrees to escape with Captain Ross and Vermont from the military prison.The flight is organised by a former Legionnaire called "Katanga". Things go according to plan until a curious German policeman notices their getaway vehicle but Katanga kills him. Frightened and disgusted by being involved in a murder, Joe escapes in the car by himself leaving his friends and Katanga behind where they are recaptured. Then the men he once knew turn up, his wife is kidnapped by the drug dealers and Martin must fight back.
When Joe's picture appears in a local news story the three return to Joe not only seeking revenge, but also to make use of Joe's boat for smuggling. To ensure Joe's cooperation they also kidnap his daughter from her school, holding her and Joe's wife hostage.
The film was known for an extended car chase with an Opel Commodore GS/E I6 involving the Bronson character's attempt to get a doctor to a wounded drug dealer in exchange for his wife.
- Charles Bronson as Joe Moran aka Joe Martin
- Liv Ullman as Fabienne Martin
- James Mason as Captain Ross
- Jill Ireland as Moira
- Jean Topart as Katanga
- Michel Constantin as Vermont aka Whitey
- Cold Sweat at the Internet Movie Database
- Cold Sweat is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more]
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