Monday, February 11, 2008

Roy Scheider...

passed away yesterday.

Roy Schieder was of course best known for Jaws in 1975, but it was his portrayal of Harry Mitchell in 52 Pick-Up that worked for me.
Scheider played an industrialist being blackmailed by a trio of sleazy skin trade players after they pick up the scent of Mitchell's extramarital affair.
John Frankenheimer directs an Elmore Leonard novel with a great cast, especially Clarence Williams as Bobby Shy and John Glover as the hideously evil Alan Raimy.
It was the first time in my young life that I'd ever seen crime set as simultaneously gritty, noirish and yet with a light touch. (Of course Elmore Leonard has come to define that)
But this opened the door to Leonard, Donald Westlake, and later Chris Brookmyre, George Pelecanos and on and on.

It's not top drawer, but here's a trailer for the film.

Posted by Dave

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