Finally got a copy and was worth the wait - amazing footage of 70s London - empty roads with very few road markings was the biggest freak out - but great hidden gem with brilliant plot with lots of suspense, comedy and grit - excellently directed and well acted. Amazing how this has been so overlooked - highly underated film.
A gritty story and a gritty performance by Oliver Reed. Excellent acting and story top to bottom. A first class thriller about two hard criminals, one with a moral code of conduct and one without.
I would also like to mention these two other elements of the movie which are not discussed often.
* The menacing and powerful opening sequence music by Stanley Myers that sets the tone for the rest of the movie. You feel as if danger is getting closer and closer.
* A great supporting performance by the late great Edward Woodward as Inspector Milton. The fight sequence between Woodward and Oliver Reed will keep everyone on the edge of their seats (Don't be a bloody fool Harry!!). Also, here is a quote and the link to the tribute written by director Edgar Wright after Edward Woodward passed away, with a reference to Sitting Target 1972.
I also remember telling him that Quentin was a huge fan of his film ‘Sitting Target’ (another great soundtrack – btw) and he looked shocked. I’m not sure anyone had ever complimented him on it. He replied “Well, you must tell your friend he is very strange indeed”.http://www.edgarwrighthere.com/2009/11/16/edward-woodward-1930-2009/
"This is a mission, not a fancy dress ball !!"