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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.

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I have to agree - it really stands up well to modern films, especially the suspense and the action scenes. And the ending is extremely satisfying. The misogyny of the time is pretty cringe-worthy, but if you watch it with the knowledge of when it was made it just becomes part of the story. Both Oliver Reed and Ian McShane were perfect in their roles.



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Yep, definitely shades of uber Sweeney 70's antics throughout but like you say its of the time, plus theres a couple of subtle scenes amongst the misogynist melee that to some extent redeem some of the films sordid edge. I am currently trying to track down 'The Squeeze' to complete a 70s London retro glut!

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70's London retro glut - awesome! Good luck in finding 'The Squeeze'. I've never seen that one.




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Just ordered this and looking forward to watching it. Ordered from a guy called stojo who also supplied a decent copy of The Squeeze for about a fiver. Until official DVD releases are done this is our only means to see these films.

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Snap! Got my Squeeze from Stojo too - was impressed with the copy I recieved just last week - enjoyed it but I much preferred Sitting Target to be honest - highly underrated and hardly ever mentioned - happy viewing

Never understood why companies withhold DVD releases - you get some of the most cheap throwaway films put out on DVD yet ones that have a fan base or a certain interest seem to get overlooked regardless of constant requests or pressure - madness.

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I've noted over the past couple of years that several past films & TV plays featuring Ian McShane are gradually being released on DVD. His career resurgence in the US since Deadwood and Kings must be the reason. Money or the hope thereof is the key - I guess distributors need reassurance that the audience will be out there.


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Got to agree - great film - very Get Carter in style at times but superb performances.

As for Mcshane - the man can act but he must have been having an off day when he made Sewers of Gold - quite easily one of the cheapest films ever made with matching performances.

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Liked it a lot too. Definitely overlooked, never heard of it and only caught it by chance on TCM. Certainly a must-see for anyone who's into prison/revenge movies.

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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/



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I agree, this is one of my favorite of Reed’s movies.

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