|HIGHPOINT (director/writer: Peter Carter; screenwriters: story by Richard Guttman/Richard Guttman/Ian Sutherland; cinematographer: Albert J. Dunk ; editor: Eric Wrate; music: Chris Young; cast: Christopher Plummer (James Hatcher), Richard Harris (Lewis Kinney), Beverly D'Angelo (Lise Hatcher), Kate Reid (Mrs. Hatcher), Peter Donat (Maronzella), Saul Rubinek (Centino), Maury Chaikin (Falco), Robin Gammell (Banner); Runtime: 91; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: Daniel M. Fine; True Movies; 1982-Canada)|
|"Exciting comedy thriller until in
the end it falls on its face."
by Dennis Schwartz
Carter ("Rituals"/"Klondike Fever"/"The
Intruder Within") directs this exciting comedy
thriller until in the end it falls on its face. It's
based on the story by Richard Guttman,
who writes the screenplay with Ian Sutherland.
Quebec industrialist James Hatcher (Christopher
Plummer) embezzles $10
million from a joint mob and cop
operation. The mob boss, Maronzella
orders his goons, Falco
(MauryChaykin) and Centino (Saul Rubinek),
after the fleeing wealthy industrialist. Also
after Hatcher is CIA agent Banner (Robin
Gammell). Meanwhile the unemployed
accountant Lewis Kinney (Richard Harris) is
hired as a chauffeur/bodyguard to Hatcher's
sister, Lise Hatcher (Beverly
D'Angelo), and his wheelchair-bound
scheming Hatcher fakes his own death and frames
the bodyguard for his murder. This infuriates
Kinney, who joins the chase after Hatcher.
problem with the pic is that the funny business
is problematic and the characters are so
unsympathetic they failed to draw me into the
title refers to the last scene that takes place
after a car chase and ends atop the
Toronto CN tower. Stuntman
Dar Robinson jumped off the Toronto tower in
1979, the highest
stunt fall in motion pictures at 1,170
feet, and was paid a handsome $150,000
for the risky stunt.
REVIEWED ON 3/4/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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