“$” (1971)

If there are two things that a heist film should never be, it’s boring and slow-paced. Unfortunately, this heist film is both. I do not understand how a talented filmmaker like Richard Brooks can direct a film so witless and lifeless, especially with stars Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn at the center. Best I can figure is that the heist films that followed (the 2001 Ocean’s ElevenHeatAvengers: Endgame) make this film simply pale in comparison. But even so, the film’s poor pacing, especially in its tedious first half, and overly convoluted composition prevents this film from coming anywhere close to its full potential. By the time the film’s admittedly well done climax rolls around, it’s a case of too little too late.

Rating: 2/5

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