Madigan's Millions

  • 1968
  • Movie
  • G
  • Comedy, Crime

Dustin Hoffman's first appearance in films might have been his last if this film had been released before THE GRADUATE. He was lucky. Though completed in 1967, the film languished in the vaults until it finally escaped three years later. Hoffman showed bits and pieces of talent, but it took a discerning eye to spot it in this comedy shot on location in...read more

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Dustin Hoffman's first appearance in films might have been his last if this film had been released before THE GRADUATE. He was lucky. Though completed in 1967, the film languished in the vaults until it finally escaped three years later. Hoffman showed bits and pieces of talent, but it took

a discerning eye to spot it in this comedy shot on location in Madrid and Rome. Hoffman is a young IRS snoop sent to Italy to locate millions stashed by Romero, a rackets czar who has been deported by the US to his native land. Romero is killed by local hoods looking for the stash and Hoffman

attempts to investigate, but is hampered in his work by the Roman police. Hoffman makes the acquaintance of Romero's daughter, Martinelli, although he doesn't know she is Romero's heiress and thinks she was Romero's mistress. One night, Hoffman is being pursued and Martinelli allows him to crash

on her couch. She has a young child (who Hoffman thinks is hers by Romero). Upon waking, Hoffman finds all the money in the child's possession. When local hoods attempt to steal the millions, the cops finally join in and nab the culprits. Hoffman learns that Martinelli is actually Romero's

daughter, and that clears the way for the two to have a relationship. Romero's role is tiny and was supposedly shot in a day or so. It was to have been played by expatriate George Raft, but Raft was ill and Romero stepped in. The coscreenwriter was a longtime Hollywood trade paper writer and

critic, Henaghan, who should have known better than to attempt to foist this kind of stale pasta on the public. The film was apparently shot in three languages, as the Italian version, UN DOLLARO PER 7 VIGLIACCHI, credits Dan Ash as the director, while the Spanish version, EL MILLON DE MADIGAN,

credits Giorgio Gentili. In actuality, no one should take any credit for this; if they were smart they would all avoid having their names associated with it. The picture is worth seeing if only to watch Hoffman in his earliest screen offering.

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