St. Ives (1976 film)

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St. Ives
St. Ives.jpg
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Written by Oliver Bleeck (novel, The Procane Chronicle)
Barry Beckerman (screenplay)
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

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

Plot summary[edit]

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.


Bronson and Thompson[edit]

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.

According to The Overlook Film Encyclopedia: The Gangster Film, Ingmar Bergman, visited the set of the film and reported that Charles Bronson was "scandalously underestimated." [1]

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).

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Collection, edited by Phil Hardy ; with contributions by Jeremy Clarke ... [et al.] ; illustrations by the Kobal (1998). The Overlook film encyclopedia. New York, New York: The Overlook Press. p. 365. ISBN 0879518995.