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Love and Bullets (1979)

PG | | Action, Crime, Drama | March 1979 (UK)
Arizona cop is sent to Switzerland to bring in the girlfriend of a dangerous mobster so she can testify against him. The mobster sends someone too - assassins.

Directors:

Stuart Rosenberg, John Huston (uncredited)

Writers:

Wendell Mayes (story), Wendell Mayes | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Charlie Congers
Jill Ireland ... Jackie Pruit
Rod Steiger ... Joe Bomposa
Henry Silva ... Vittorio Farroni
Strother Martin ... Louis Monk
Bradford Dillman ... Brickman
Michael V. Gazzo ... Lobo
Paul Koslo ... Huntz
Val Avery ... Caruso
Sam Chew Jr. Sam Chew Jr. ... Cook (as Sam Chew)
Billy Gray ... Officer Durant (as William Gray)
Jerome Thor Jerome Thor ... Senator
Joseph Roman Joseph Roman ... Coroner
Albert Salmi ... Andy Minton
John Hallam ... Cerutti
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Storyline

Phoenix cop Charlie Congers develops a personal hatred for mob boss Joe Bomposa. Congers sees the devastating effects of Bomposa's drug trade on the community. He thinks it's his duty to personally go after Bomposa who's protected by an army of lawyers, money and political power. Often charged but never indicted for any offense, Bomposa continues his illegal activities. But out of the blue an opportunity presents itself when Bomposa's girlfriend, ditsy blonde Jackie Pruit, is called to testify before a Senate investigation committee. Despite Miss' Pruit unwillingness to co-operate with the Senate investigators, Joe Bomposa grows worried that she might talk to the cops, after all. His mobster friends and his lawyer advise him to send her away in Switzerland, on a vacation, far from the Senate investigators. However, when they get information that FBI agents are after her, they decide to contract a hit-man to have her killed in Switzerland. Not having a mandate to operate on Swiss soil,... Written by nufs68

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Bronson Hits The Bullseye See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Love and Bullets, Charlie See more »

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie marks the second time that star actor Charles Bronson has appeared in a movie written by Wendell Mayes. Mayes adapted Brian Garfield's Death Wish (1974) novel and wrote the story and co-wrote the film script for this picture. This movie was made and released about five years after Death Wish (1974) and some DVD tag-lines emphasize that this film is from the writer of Death Wish (1974). See more »

Quotes

Jackie Pruit: What's that thing where you get scared of being cooped up in iddy-biddy dark places?
Charlie Congers: Claustrophobia?
Jackie Pruit: That's the fella! Well, I think I've got it!
Charlie Congers: Fasten your seat-belt.
Jackie Pruit: Why?
Charlie Congers: I have a cure for it!
[Congers drives their car off the speeding train straight onto the field, where it crashes badly]
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 1 min 24 secs to remove a gunshot impact and to heavily edit the scene where Charlie makes nail darts for a homemade blowpipe. The cuts were restored in the 2000 Widescreen release. See more »


Soundtracks

Stand By Your Man
Written by Billy Sherrill and Tammy Wynette
Performed by Tammy Wynette
Courtesy of Epic Records
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The Case of the Stuttering Gangster
13 July 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bronson co-star in Love and Bullets. He as a cop and she as a protected witness. She needed a lot of protection.

It's an average Bronson action/adventure saga, but with the unusual twist that Jill Ireland actually comes off much better than her husband does. I did enjoy her saucy portrayal of mobster Rod Steiger's moll. It's a combination of Judy Holliday's Billie Dawn and Tammy Faye Bakker. I'll tell you this Tammy Faye must have been the makeup consultant for Jill on this film.

Rod Steiger has an interesting part as a gangster with a stutter. He's persuaded by his associates to do in the woman he loves because they're all afraid she'll rat them out. Broderick Crawford's solution was to finally propose marriage to Holliday in Born Yesterday. Jill might actually have done it.

Instead she's chosen for a rub out and Bronson is the Phoenix City detective who travels to Switzerland to get her back and into protective custody. He's a by the book cop, until the end when he evolves into his Death Wish character.

Love and Bullets said to say can't really make its mind up whether it's a straight action/adventure or satire of same. Indecision costs it many points from reviewers, but Bronson fans should like it.


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