The Grissom Gang
|The Grissom Gang|
|Directed by||Robert Aldrich|
|Produced by||Robert Aldrich|
|Written by||James Hadley Chase (novel)
|Music by||Gerald Fried|
|Edited by||Michael Luciano
Frank J. Urioste
The Associates & Aldrich Company
|Distributed by||ABC Pictures
20th Century Fox (1971, original) MGM (2004, DVD)
|May 28, 1971|
The Grissom Gang is a 1971 American period gangster film directed and produced by Robert Aldrich. The screenplay was by Leon Griffiths, based on the novel No Orchids for Miss Blandish by James Hadley Chase. The cinematographer was Joseph Biroc. The cast includes Kim Darby, Scott Wilson, Tony Musante, Robert Lansing, Irene Dailey, Connie Stevens, Wesley Addy, Joey Faye and Ralph Waite.
The story centers on a 1931 heiress kidnapped for ransom by a brutal gang, whose mentally-impaired "leader" (Scott Wilson) (his mother really runs things) falls in love with her. It was previously filmed in England in 1949 under its original title, and the central conceit was that the heiress, who felt stifled by her upper-class life-style, fell in love with the abductor and his comparative freedom to live his life on the edge. In this remake, Aldrich and Griffiths reversed this angle; here, she merely strings him along in an attempt to escape. This version was also played more for laughs, in particular the outlandishly deranged behavior of the gang.
- Kim Darby as Barbara Blandish
- Scott Wilson as Slim Grissom
- Tony Musante as Eddie Hagan
- Robert Lansing as Dave Fenner
- Irene Dailey as Gladys "Ma" Grissom
- Connie Stevens as Anna Borg
- Wesley Addy as John P. Blandish
- Joey Faye as Woppy
- Ralph Waite as Mace
The film holds a 67% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
In 2009 Empire Magazine named it #12 in a poll of the 20 Greatest Gangster Movies You've Never Seen* (*Probably)
The Grissom Gang was released to DVD by MGM Home Video on November 2nd, 2004 as a Region 1 widescreen DVD.
- "ABC's 5 Years of Film Production Profits & Losses", Variety, 31 May 1973 p 3
- Alain Silver and James Ursini, Whatever Happened to Robert Aldrich?, Limelight, 1995 p 281
- Variety film review; May 26, 1971
- French box office results for Robert Aldrich films at Box Office Story
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