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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

    One of those great noirs with revisionist acclaim.

  5. 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.

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

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

  7. 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)

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

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

    ★★★★★ immorality does not pay.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

    Does anyone know where i can get the soundtrack?

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Daniel S.'s rating of the film Murder by Contract

    I understand now why Martin Scorsese admired so much Irving Lerner. With a simple guitar melody playing while Vince Edwards is dressing up, Irving Lerner emerges as a one of a kind director. The rest of Murder by Contract is in accordance with this mythical beginning. Masterpiece.

  18. Adam Suraf's rating of the film Murder by Contract

    Super cool B-movie about an existential hit-man slowly plotting the execution of a star witness. With a spare electric guitar score that owes more than a nod to "The Third Man", and a cast of low-chain character actors adding humor; an independent film with a free form feel.

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

    Classic quote: 'You like cigars? You like cigars, food.......fat women? 'How do you know I like fat women?' I can tell by looking in your eyes--its psychology!'