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A hitman acquires the services of a former cop turned writer to document his work.

★★★★

A very smart Larry Cohen script benefits here from spot-on casting, as a cop-turned-writer and a hitman team up to go after a crooked politician, with the killer constantly egging the author into writing a book about him.

The clever premise fits in with a very neat plot, but the main reason the film works is that Brian Dennehy and James Woods — two of the best and least well-used actors in American movies — play so well off each other, Dennehy’s bearlike integrity neatly matched by Woods’ rattily confident psychosis.

Director John Flynn merely had to turn up to get a good movie, but he adds a gritty twist on the ball with his gloomy images and brutal but stylish action scenes