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).[1] The screenplay was written by Minder creator Leon Griffiths.

The Squeeze
Directed byMichael Apted
Produced byStanley O'Toole
Screenplay byLeon Griffiths
Based onWhose Little Girl Are You?
by James Tucker
Music byDavid Hentschel
CinematographyDennis C. Lewiston
Edited byJohn Shirley
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • 7 November 1977 (1977-11-07) (Sweden)
  • 20 March 1977 (1977-03-20) (United Kingdom)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

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.



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.


The Squeeze has been called a better sequel to Sweeney! than Sweeney 2, with "superbly drawn and vividly played villains" (Leon Hunt).[2]

On its release, the tabloid paper News of the World called The Squeeze, "A nail-biting thriller...".


  1. The Writers of Wales Database: Bill James. Accessed 27 August 2014
  2. Hunt 1999, p. 143.


  • 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.
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