The Honeymoon Killers (1970)

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    Rating: 7.0/10
    Runtime: 108 min
    Language: English
    Country: USA
    Color: Nope!

    Director: Leonard Kastle
    Shirley Stoler ... Martha Beck
    Tony Lo Bianco ... Raymond Fernandez
    Mary Jane Higby ... Janet Fay
    Doris Roberts ... Bunny
    Kip McArdle ... Delphine Downing
    Marilyn Chris ... Myrtle Young
    Dortha Duckworth ... Mother
    Barbara Cason ... Evelyn Long
    Ann Harris ... Doris
    Mary Breen ... Rainelle Downing
    Elsa Raven ... Matron
    Mary Engel ... Lucy
    Guy Sorel ... Mr. Dranoff
    Michael Haley ... Jackson (as Mike Haley)
    Diane Asselin ... Severns

    Description: 'The Honeymoon Killers' is easily one of the most underrated movies of all time. Often unfairly ignored as "just" a b-movie, or half remembered as trivia - the movie Scorsese nearly directed - it is in fact close to perfect, and one of the finest of all American movies dealing with murder. Why writer/director Leonard Kastle didn't make any other movies after this brilliant debut is both a mystery and a tragedy. His work is so impressive and fresh here, who knows what he could have been capable of. He may have turned out to be one of the greats, and even rivaled Scorsese, or Coppola, both having had a similar starts with low budget genre material (see 'Bloody Mama' and 'Dementia 13', their respective collaborations with king of the quickies Roger Corman).

    The late Shirley Stoler is a knockout as bored nurse Martha Beck, and Tony Lo Bianco is equally impressive as her Spanish con man boyfriend Raymond Fernandez. Sadly neither actor got the career breaks they deserved. Stoler had small supporting roles in credible movies like 'Klute' and 'The Deer Hunter', and cult favourites like 'Frankenhooker' and 'Miami Blues', but always seemed to overlooked because of her weight. Lo Bianco starred in excellent sleepers like 'The Seven-Ups' and 'God Told Me To', but more often than not ended up as second-Mafioso-on-the-left in crappy movies like 'Boiling Point' and 'The Juror'. Too bad, both are brilliant here and had the potential to go on to better things.

    'The Honeymoon Killers' is a minor masterpiece and should be essential viewing for all movie buffs. Don't miss this one!

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