St. Ives (1976 film)

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St. Ives
St. Ives.jpg
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Written by Barry Beckerman
Based on the novel The Procane Chronicle by Oliver Bleeck
Starring Charles Bronson
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Cinematography Lucien Ballard
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • July 31, 1976 (1976-07-31)
Running time
94 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2.3 million[1]

St. Ives is a 1976 American action film directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Charles Bronson, John Houseman, Jacqueline Bisset, and Maximilian Schell.

The film was the first of nine collaborations between Bronson and director J. Lee Thompson.


Abner Procane hires Raymond St. Ives, a crime reporter and ex-policeman, to return five ledgers stolen from his safe.

St. Ives becomes embroiled in the task and the deaths of those involved in the theft. The ledgers are eventually returned minus four pages, and St. Ives is drawn into robbery to try and right the situation.



The novel The Procane Chronicle was published in 1972 written by Ross Thomas under the pen name "Oliver Bleeck". The New York Times said "it should find ready acceptance among readers who like sophistication amid the welter."[2] Film rights were bought in 1972 by Warner Bros who announced it would be made by director Dick Richards as the first of a two-picture deal (the other being W.W. and the Dixie Dance Kings.[3] Stanley Canter and Sidney Beckerman were to produce.[4]

The film took a number of years to be made. Eventually Charles Bronson signed to star, with J. Lee Thompson to direct. They later worked on eight other films together, including The White Buffalo, Caboblanco, 10 to Midnight, Murphy's Law, The Evil That Men Do, Death Wish 4: The Crackdown, Messenger of Death and Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects.

Bronson's wife Jill Ireland had appeared in a number of his films but decided not to appear in St Ives.[5] The female lead went to Jacqueline Bisset, who said the film "was less violent than most of Bronson's films, there is more of a romance."[6]

According to Phil Hardy in his book The Overlook Film Encyclopedia: The Gangster Film, Ingmar Bergman visited the set of the film and reported that Charles Bronson was "scandalously underestimated"[7].

The movie is also notable for early film cameos by Jeff Goldblum and Robert Englund. Goldblum was reprising his role of the maniacal street punk he had first adopted in Death Wish (1974).


The film's box office performance was described as "modest".[1]


  1. ^ a b SECOND ANNUAL GROSSES GLOSS Byron, Stuart. Film Comment; New York Vol. 13, Iss. 2, (Mar/Apr 1977): 35-37,64.
  2. ^ Criminals At Large By NEWGATE CALLENDAR. New York Times 30 Jan 1972: BR24.
  3. ^ MOVIE CALL SHEET: Henry Fonda to Play CIA Agent in 'Snake' Los Angeles Times 01 Sep 1972: d12.
  4. ^ MOVIE CALL SHEET: Saxon Will Start in 'Hands' Murphy, Mary. Los Angeles Times 2 Oct 1972: d15
  5. ^ For Bronson, Piecework Is a Virtue: Movies Piecework a Virtue for Charles Bronson Piecework a Virtue for Bronson Warga, Wayne. Los Angeles Times 2 Nov 1975: o1
  6. ^ Jacqueline Bisset: Film Survivor Murphy, Mary. Los Angeles Times 8 Dec 1975: f18.
  7. ^ Collection, edited by Phil Hardy ; with contributions by Jeremy Clarke ... [et al.] ; illustrations by the Kobal (1998). The Overlook Film Encyclopedia: The Gangster Film. New York, New York: The Overlook Press. p. 365. ISBN 0879518995.

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