Richard Stark, aka Donald Westlake, wrote many crime novels that were made into some pretty good pictures--POINT BLANK, THE HOT ROCK, and THE OUTFIT among them. This one has a great deal of gratuitous violence and little of the sharpness of the others. Especially missing is the wit and
characterization so often found in the author's works. A good cast is wasted by the mindlessness of this film's execution, although it did well in theaters where switchblades are sold next to the popcorn machine. Brown is a thief who has just come back to Los Angeles after having been away for
several years. He teams up with one-time pal Harris, also a criminal, and they plan a bold ...