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  1. Wee Hunk's rating of the film Murder by Contract

    Martin Scorcese was right. The soundtrack is unusual. The titles are unusual. The main character is unusual. If you like different movies, then this is the movie for you. It has a style all it's own. Vince Edwards is money.

  2. Tom Dore's rating of the film Murder by Contract

    Stylised. Some kind of beautiful, creepy guitar soundtrack... a hitman who's half The Fonz, half Jimmy Cagney. Pair with a couple of impatient stooges who differ in how much they 'get' him, and you got a film. And not a bad one. Morality must be upheld, mind you; so it all wraps up prettier than a parcel. But plenty of good shots, and a satisfying aftertaste. You won't need to think - but that was fine for me!

  3. P D Dawson's rating of the film Murder by Contract

    A gritty and average concept for a noir film turned on its head by its telling. By that I mean, the central character is the bad guy and the good guys, merely secondary players. What is it about character viewpoint, that no matter how ruthless and evil they may be, we find ourselves rooting for them? This film manages to turn moral questions on their head, and leaves me feeling a little guilty by its trickery.

  4. Alex Flores's rating of the film Murder by Contract

    I hope you like noir/drama/B movies. This one: cool!

  5. Superfrog's rating of the film Murder by Contract

    In a way, a must watch for all 'killer porn' exploitation film and clearly the inspiration for many later films. The end is weak, the libertarian angle on antimilitarianism/state murder does not extend into internationalism and the some of the discussion on morality/humanity/employment sometimes more of an accident than a conscious choice. In the end they are here, inform us and the film focuses on the right bits.

  6. Oliver Goddard's rating of the film Murder by Contract

    What an odd and nightmarish little film this is: inventive, resourceful and deeply misanthropic, much like the main character. One of Eraserhead's many distant relatives.

  7. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film Murder by Contract

    A superb, lean crime thriller that stars Vince Edwards as Claude, a professional killer who doesn't like to use guns, and also doesn't like to leave anything to chance. But his latest job proves to be more problematic than most.

  8. Christofi Cotonou's rating of the film Murder by Contract

    A real tough-guy movie. You can feel the sweat from the tiny apartments and smell the smoke from chugging Cadillac cars. Even if the supposedly 'genius' character keeps doing the most unbelievable things, it's a tight script. I kind of like how it lives in its self-contained world anyway.

  9. Ramzi's rating of the film Murder by Contract

    A nifty, compact, clever film that does what it sets out to do with purpose, invention and style. You can't go wrong.

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  11. Tja's rating of the film Murder by Contract

    AKA Never Leave a Slugged Cop Untied. For a bright guy our villain makes several rooky mistakes. Good to see his motivation is entirely middle class ie needs the dough to buy some classy real estate where he intends to live happily ever after. Otherwise, his reluctance to rub out a broad in the line of business is unexplained and fatal.

  12. smndvdcl's rating of the film Murder by Contract

    One of those great noirs with revisionist acclaim.

  13. helenmarshall's rating of the film Murder by Contract

    Interestingly odd crime film, but not the 'masterpiece' that Scorsese and others hail it as. It's not really a 'Noir' either. Low budget B-movie aesthetics tether a story which touches, in an elliptical, somewhat absurd sense, on notions of existentialism and the death urge. Sure, it's quite dark, but the tonal shifts to the slightly humorous dialogue don't gel, and the ending seems rushed and rather unsatisfying.

  14. Ayesha Casely-Hayford's rating of the film Murder by Contract

    Pretty sexist and annoying. Fantastic music score though and brilliant ending.

  15. Michael Zyx MH Claes's rating of the film Murder by Contract

    Meurtre sous contrat est « le film qui m'a influencé le plus » (Martin Scorsese)

  16. patchwork's rating of the film Murder by Contract

  17. Samuel Andrade's rating of the film Murder by Contract

    ★★★★★ immorality does not pay.

  18. El Biffo's rating of the film Murder by Contract

    The tone of a Samuel Fuller film, the look of a Nouvelle Vague, and a score that sounds like a postwar Italian film. Terrific.

  19. CarlosEsquives's rating of the film Murder by Contract

    ¿Qué fue aquello que hizo retroceder al verdugo al momento de exterminar a su objetivo? ¿Es que acaso el protagonista de esta película, una suerte de sabio del oficio, cree tanto en su palabra que se vió perplejo ante el acto fallido de su teoría? "Murder by contract" tiene como gran atractivo la personalidad de su asesino a sueldo. Un individuo que cruza la frontera del cinismo a fin de convertirse en perverso.

  20. Nelson Núñez's rating of the film Murder by Contract

    Si Robert Bresson hubiera incursionado en el cine negro americano, seguramente el resultado sería Murder by Contract; una película minimalista y seca protagonizada por un criminal existencialista. La escena donde Claude expone su filosofía del crimen es impresionante, al igual que la discusión con el mesonero acerca de la rigurosidad.

  21. Abhirup's rating of the film Murder by Contract

    The background guitar score is...perfect.And is it just me or does anyone else think Vince Edwards gave a very Alain Delon-ish performance.

  22. Daniel Trujillo's rating of the film Murder by Contract

    Does anyone know where i can get the soundtrack?

  23. animalcalls's rating of the film Murder by Contract

    A laid-back yet acerbic B-movie noir. The feeling of this flick is just so unique. At moments it's slice-of-life, other moments down-and-dirty, but it all flows perfectly together. The soundtrack is like a nasty echo of the zither from the The Third Man.

  24. Sudipto Basu's rating of the film Murder by Contract

    This does in fact seem like something that Melville would be influenced by. Elliptical, enigmatic, supreme cool! And lovely use of clashing, droning guitar melodies.

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