There is much to enjoy in this movie, but just as much to yawn over. One has the feeling that this was a play that was never produced on stage but went directly to the screen from the typewriter. Since so much of it is dialogue with very little cinematic action, it just feels stagebound.
Cassavetes and Falk are two small-time thugs who have been friends since their youth. Cassavetes is going to be killed by Beatty, the unlikely hit man in the service of boss Meisner (who was just about everyone's acting coach in New York at one time). Cassavetes gets in touch with Falk after
trying to get help from his estranged wife, Van Patten, and his current amour, Grace. Falk ...