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Domino Principle / The Domino Killings

  Domino Principle / The Domino Killings Review
Tookey's Rating
1 /10
Average Rating
1.57 /10
Gene Hackman, Richard Widmark, Candice Bergen
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Directed by: Stanley Kramer
Written by: Adam Kennedy , from his own novel

Released: 1977
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 100

A Vietnam veteran (Gene Hackman) is sprung from prison to assassinate someone important.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Paranoid conspiracy thriller which is probably the worst of its genre, thanks to a silly plot, miscasting (Candice Bergen is especially unconvincing as Hackman's loyal wife), cliched dialogue and tedious direction. Hackman does his best, but it ain't good enough.

Sample dialogue:

"Did you ever hear of Franz Kafka?"

"Who's he?"

"Nobody. Just a guy."


A weak and tedious potboiler... Contains a lot of physical and logistical nonsense.


Terrible movies tend to start with a preposterous premise and then laboriously work their way to an impossible conclusion. This one, however, starts with an arrant impossibility and works to way beyond whatever lies beyond and below that.

(John Simon, National Review)

Simply fails to thrill.

(Rod McShane, Time Out)

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