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Probably the greatest crime thriller you have never heard of.

This film, produced through the Canadian tax shelter system of the late 70s-early 80s (which normally featured nothing but trash) is definitely the best Canadian crime thriller and in my opinion, one of the best ever.

Hitchcockian is the best term I can use to describe it, and Alfred Hitchcock would have been proud to have his name on this. I prefer it to many of Hitchcock's own movies.

Even over 40 years on, it is not dated, (unless you must have cell phones and internet in your movies) and unlike many thrillers, this one really does have a cold sense of dread running through it.

The villain, as played by Christopher Plummer, is blood-curdling. I normally dislike Elliott Gould, who plays the protagonist, but even he could not ruin this movie for me. It even has a young John Candy appearing as a cucked boyfriend.