The Squeeze (1977 film)
The Squeeze is a 1977 British gangster thriller, directed by Michael Apted, based on a novel by Bill James (under the pseudonym David Craig). The screenplay was written by Minder creator Leon Griffiths.
|Directed by||Michael Apted|
|Produced by||Stanley O'Toole|
|Screenplay by||Leon Griffiths|
|Based on||Whose Little Girl Are You?|
by James Tucker
|Music by||David Hentschel|
|Cinematography||Dennis C. Lewiston|
|Edited by||John Shirley|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
The production headlines a major cast made up of American actor Stacy Keach, and British actors Edward Fox and David Hemmings. Irish actor Stephen Boyd was also featured in a major (and final) role as a gangster.
- Stacy Keach as Jim Naboth
- David Hemmings as Keith
- Edward Fox as Foreman
- Stephen Boyd as Vic
- Carol White as Jill
- Freddie Starr as Teddy
- Hilary Gasson as Barbara
- Rod Beacham as Dr. Jenkins
- Stewart Harwood as Des
- Alan Ford as Taff
- Roy Marsden as Barry
- Leon Greene as Commissionaire
- Lucinda Duckett as Sharon
- Alison Portes as Christine
- Marjie Lawrence as Beryl
- Steve Jones (extra)
The producers of The Squeeze enlisted an ex-gangster called Bob Ramsey to act as a contact between the film unit and the local underworld to cut down on harassment, due to location shooting in rather undesirable areas where criminals were operating. Local people in the area were hired as extras. Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones accidentally became an extra in the film.
On its release, the tabloid paper News of the World called The Squeeze, "A nail-biting thriller...".
- Hunt, Leon (1999). "Chapter 12. Dog Eat Dog: The Squeeze and the Sweeney Films". In Chibnall, Steve; Murphy, Robert (eds.). British Crime Cinema. London: Routledge. pp. 134–147. ISBN 0-415-16870-8.
- The Squeeze on IMDb
- Ninnis, John (21 March 2013). "The Squeeze Film Release: March 20th 1977, Film Review, Magazine ad,,Video Covers & Trailer".