Tag Archives: Martin Balsam
A Thousand Clowns (1965) Fred Coe, Jason Robards, Barbara Harris, Martin Balsam, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Contract on Cherry Street (1977) William A. Graham, Frank Sinatra, Martin Balsam, Jay Black, Crime, Drama, Thriller
The partner–and best friend–of a tough New York detective is murdered by killers working for a local mob. Infuriated at the inability of the Police Department to bring in the murderers, he decides–with the help of a few of his fellow detectives–to operate on his own, using whatever means necessary, to destroy the gang.
Season for Assassins / Il tempo degli assassini (1975) Marcello Andrei, Joe Dallesandro, Martin Balsam, Magali Noël, Action, Crime, Drama
The Time Element (1958) Allen Reisner, William Bendix, Martin Balsam, Darryl Hickman, Drama, Thriller
Small-time bookie and one-time bartender (William Bendix) asks a psychiatrist (Martin Balsam) to evaluate his story – he keeps waking up on December 6, 1941, the day before the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. He keeps drifting back and forth from the past, where no one takes him seriously when he warns them of the impending attack
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Jason Robards, Drama, War, Action, History
In 1941 the Japanese are at odds with the United States on a number of issues which they are attempting to resolve via their Washington embassy. In case this diplomacy fails, the military are hatching plans for a surprise early Sunday morning air attack on the U.S. base at Pearl Harbour. American intelligence is breaking the Japanese diplomatic messages but few high-ups are prepared to believe that an attack is likely, let alone where or how it might come.
A thief (Duke Anderson) just released from ten years in jail, takes up with his old girlfriend (Ingrid) in her posh apartment. He makes plans to rob the entire building. What he doesn’t know is that his every move is recorded on audio and video tape, although he is not the subject of any surveillance.
Confessions of a Police Captain / Confessione di un commissario di polizia al procuratore della repubblica (1971) Damiano Damiani, Franco Nero, Martin Balsam, Marilù Tolo, Crime, Drama
One of the first films about the mafia occurrence, in which the fight is hopeless, because “the polyp’s feeler” reaches everything and everybody. A police inspector and a deputy public prosecutor try to prove that the architect in the city is in the mafia.
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) Joseph Sargent, Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Action, Crime, Thriller
Four seemingly-unrelated men board subway train Pelham 1:23 at successive stations. Mr. Blue, Mr. Green, Mr. Grey and Mr. Brown are heavily armed and overpower the motorman and novice conductor to take control of the train. Between stations they separate the front car from the remainder of the train, setting passengers in the back cars and the motorman free. The four demand $1 million ransom within exactly one hour for the remaining eighteen hostages, including the conductor. If their demands are not met in time or their directions are not followed precisely, they will begin to shoot hostages dead, one every minute the money is late. Wisecracking Lt. Zach Garber of the transit police ends up being the primary communicator between the hijackers and the authorities, which includes transit operations, his own police force, the NYPD, and the unpopular and currently flu ridden mayor who will make the ultimate decision of whether to pay the ransom.