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On Film4: 17 Dec 11:00AM
A terrifically seamy crime thriller from British director Apted. Keach is the alcoholic ex-policeman whose search for the kidnapped wife and child of a security chief (Fox) forces him to rouse himself from his permanently drunken stupor. Meanwhile,
Made in 1977 by Michael Apted, they rarely show films like The Squeeze on telly anymore and at time of writing, it's yet to even receive a DVD release. And this is outrageous really because, grim and seedy as you like, it remains one of the most underrated and authentic Brit-crime thrillers to ever leave its grubby prints on the screen. A large part of that authenticity lies with its gritty locations: a cigarette smoke-fugged London Underground, dismal pubs and Soho 'massage parlours', and a pre-gentrified Battersea and Clapham, vividly portrayed in birds-eye view. Familiar currency to a certain iconic 1970s British cop show...
Keach is excellent as the beleaguered cop, while the grimy London settings lend further atmosphere. An unsung Britcrime masterpiece.
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