The Destructors

  • 1974
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Drama

Once again Caine has taken a job, for what must have been a nice sum of money, before reading the script. Amazingly, the actor has managed to survive some of the worst films ever made while still retaining his charm and ability to make deals for more pictures. Quinn is a tired narcotics officer attached to the US embassy in Paris. He has been attempting...read more

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Once again Caine has taken a job, for what must have been a nice sum of money, before reading the script. Amazingly, the actor has managed to survive some of the worst films ever made while still retaining his charm and ability to make deals for more pictures. Quinn is a tired narcotics

officer attached to the US embassy in Paris. He has been attempting to crack a huge drug ring run by Mason, who is heavily protected both physically and politically. The three agents who have gone after Mason have all three turned up dead. To make matters worse, the French government is leaning

heavily on Quinn for harassing Mason, a French citizen. Ronet, a Parisian police inspector, unofficially suggests that Quinn might solve the problem by arranging for a professional killer to do Mason in. At first Quinn is scandalized. After further thought, however, weighing the death of his three

men against the life of Mason, he agrees. Quinn is amazed to learn the identity of the hit man--Caine, a pal of long standing and a former Algerian War veteran. Caine acquires false papers and insinuates himself into Mason's Marseilles operation by charming Rouvel, Mason's nubile daughter. He is

still not fully accepted until he casually kills an informer by tossing him off a building. Now totally trusted by Mason, Caine makes his plans for killing the man. Meanwhile, Quinn learns that Mason is about to accept a large shipment of narcotics from Turkey, and he wants to catch the drug

dealer alive with the haul to put him in jail forever. This means that Caine must be stopped before he can carry out the contract. To stop him, Quinn has Ronet notify the Marseilles police to go after Caine as a "bank robber." Quinn thinks he can get Caine away from Mason and then call the police

off. Mason, whose men are everywhere, finds out that Caine is "wanted." He sends Caine off on a phony errand far from where the narcotics shipment is to be unloaded--nothing must stop the delivery. Once Caine has left, Mason notifies the police of Caine's whereabouts. Caine shoots it out with the

police and gets away, returning to Marseilles as a hunted man. Three groups are now after him--Mason, the police, and Quinn, who gets to him first. Mason and his men come after Quinn and Caine. Caine lines up Mason in his sights but then sees someone aiming at Quinn. Just as Caine turns to fire at

the sniper, Mason shoots Caine, who dies in Quinn's arms. Enraged, Quinn pursues Mason--and kills him, on the dance floor at a huge formal ball, with a gun that has a silencer. Of course, no one knows where the bullets came from. The problem was not the plot. It could have been interesting. But

Parrish's direction of Bernard's script compounded banality with dullness, and the result lacked style and imagination.

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  • Released: 1974
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Once again Caine has taken a job, for what must have been a nice sum of money, before reading the script. Amazingly, the actor has managed to survive some of the worst films ever made while still retaining his charm and ability to make deals for more pictu… (more)

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