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Private detective Burt Reynolds collides with police lieutenant Clint Eastwood during the investigation of a gangland murder in Kansas City in 1933. The pairing might have been marvelous, and the screenplay, by Joseph C. Stinson and Sam O. Brown (a pseudonym for Blake Edwards, who left the project under unhappy circumstances), shows signs of an intelligent appreciation of the potential chemistry: Reynolds is the glib, polished, thoroughly socialized character, Eastwood his night-world counterpart—shadowy, mysterious, taciturn. But under the direction of last-minute replacement Richard Benjamin, the results are insufferable—grotesque, chaotic, demoralized. The bizarre supporting cast includes Jane Alexander, Madeline Kahn, Rip Torn, Irene Cara, Richard Roundtree, and Tony Lo Bianco. 97 min.

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