|Directed by||Michael Winner|
|Produced by||Michael Winner & Alex Meakin|
|Written by||Bill Kerby
|Edited by||Michael Winner|
|Distributed by||Associated Film Distribution|
|April 27, 1979|
Firepower is a 1979 British thriller film directed by Michael Winner and starring Sophia Loren, James Coburn, O.J. Simpson and Eli Wallach. It was the final film in the career of actor Victor Mature.
The FBI hires a former mafia hit man (James Coburn) to track down and bring in a powerful reclusive billionaire suspected of criminal acts for his own benefit. The man also comes into a conflict with a woman (Sophia Loren) tracking down the same crook for revenge reasons.
- Sophia Loren as Adele
- James Coburn as Fanon
- O.J. Simpson as Catlett
- Eli Wallach as Hyman
- Anthony Franciosa as Dr. Felix
- George Grizzard as Gelhorn
- Vincent Gardenia as Hull
- Victor Mature as Harold Everett
- Billy Barty as Carbone
- Jake LaMotta as Nickel Sam
According to director Michael Winner, producer Lew Grade had fully expected Charles Bronson to co-star with Loren. With much of the pre-production crew already on location in the Caribbean, Grade wanted to shut down the production when Bronson pulled out. Realizing how much money he had already sunk into a film that had not properly secured its star actors, Grade saved face by moving ahead using James Coburn as a replacement for Bronson.
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