Grand Slam (1967 film)
Original film poster
|Directed by||Giuliano Montaldo|
|Screenplay by||Mino Roli|
|Music by||Ennio Morricone|
|Edited by||Nino Baragli|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|6 January 1968 (West Germany)|
A seemingly mild-mannered teacher, Professor James Anders (Robinson), is an American working in Rio de Janeiro. Bored with years of teaching, Anders retires and sets about putting together a team to pull off a diamond heist during the Rio Carnival in Brazil.
With the help of a youthful friend, now a successful criminal, Anders recruits a team of four international experts to carry out the robbery: Gregg an English safecracking specialist, Agostino an Italian mechanical and electronics genius, Jean Paul a French playboy (whose job it is to seduce the only woman with a key to the building holding the diamonds, the lovely Mary Ann), and Erich a German ex-military man (at the movie's ending, it will become clear that Anders' young friend had ordered the German to kill the other members of the team after the job is finished).
The team develops a series of mechanical devices to defeat the layers of protection built within the building in which the diamonds are stored, mainly photocells which crisscross the entry corridor, and the new "Grand Slam 70" safe system: an alarm triggered by any sound detected near the safe room by means of a sensitive microphone listens for sounds while the safe and its environs are secured. Although the presence of the latter system is found by the team only one day in advance and at first this seems to impose a stop to the entire action, Agostino is able to find a genial solution to overcome the problem, so that the action can start.
The team successfully enters the safe using a pneumatic trestle to bypass the photocell beams by crawling over them, accesses to the safe room with the Mary Ann's key stolen by Jean Pauland, move the safe to the corridor using shaving cream to dampen their sounds, and finally open the safe with specific nitroglycerin charges. However, the following day the police are alerted by Mary Ann, who has found that the safe key had been temporarily taken, and all the four members of the team are killed during their escape.
Anders ends up with the diamonds in a small letters case, sitting in an outdoor cafe...but loses them in the film's last scene in Rome to a thief gang on a motorcycle.
- Janet Leigh - Mary Ann
- Robert Hoffmann - Jean-Paul Audry
- Klaus Kinski - Erich Weiss
- Riccardo Cucciolla - Agostino Rossi
- George Rigaud - Gregg
- Adolfo Celi - Mark Milford
- Edward G. Robinson - Professor James Anders
- Jussara - Stetuaka
- Miguel Del Castillo - Manager
- Luciana Angiolillo
- Valentino Macchi
- Anny Degli Uberti
- Aldo Bonamano
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