St. Ives (1976 film)
|Directed by||J. Lee Thompson|
|Written by||Oliver Bleeck (novel, The Procane Chronicle)
Barry Beckerman (screenplay)
|Music by||Lalo Schifrin|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
The movie was the first of nine collaborations between Bronson and directer 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.
- Charles Bronson as Raymond St. Ives
- John Houseman as Abner Procane
- Jacqueline Bisset as Janet
- Maximilian Schell as Dr. Constable
- Harris Yulin as Oller
- Dana Elcar as Blunt
- Harry Guardino as Deal
Bronson and Thompson
This was the first of many collaborations for Charles Bronson and J. Lee Thompson. After this film, they worked on other action films, including a few that had very dark themes. They include: 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.
The movie is also notable for early big screen cameos by Jeff Goldblum (The Fly, Jurassic Park), and Robert Englund (of Freddie Kruger fame). Goldblum was reprising his role of the maniacal street punk he had first adopted in Death Wish.