Special Delivery (1976 film)

Special Delivery is a 1976 American neo-noir[1] comedy crime film directed by Paul Wendkos and starring Bo Svenson and Cybill Shepherd.[2]

Special Delivery
Directed byPaul Wendkos
Produced byRichard Berg
Written byJohn Melson
James Edward Grant
Gilbert Ralston
Don Gazzaniga
StarringBo Svenson
Cybill Shepherd
Music byLalo Schifrin
CinematographyHarry Stradling Jr.
Edited byHouseley Stevenson Jr.
Distributed byAmerican International Pictures
Release date
July 1976
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States


A gang of thieves plan a daring bank robbery, making their escape across the rooftops of Los Angeles. The police are quickly called in, however, and only one of the robbers, Murdock, makes a clean getaway. Unfortunately, in order to do so, he is forced to dump the stolen cash into a mailbox, which he then finds is locked until midnight, forcing him to wait until the mailman makes his late night pickup. As he waits, he discovers that his hiding place has been observed by several other people, all of whom want a share of the loot.[3]



Vincent Canby of The New York Times was not amused: "Michael C. Gwynne has some good moments as a junkie, but neither Paul Wendkos, who directed the film, nor Don Gazzaniga, who wrote it, is very adept at melodrama and action. The film ends in a car chase of the sort that makes you realize that the screeching of tires has become the most overused and boring sound in movies today."[4]


  1. Silver, Alain; Ward, Elizabeth; eds. (1992). Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style (3rd ed.). Woodstock, New York: The Overlook Press. ISBN 0-87951-479-5
  2. http://www.allmovie.com/work/special-delivery-45972
  3. Jean-Marc Rocher, IMDB https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075250/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl
  4. Vincent Canby, "A Caper That Fails to Deliver Action" Jan. 13, 1977 https://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9B0DE2DB133FE334BC4B52DFB766838C669EDE
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