(John Guillermin, 1960).
If you’d care to see Peter Sellers in a complete switcheroo from the comedies that brought him initial fame, head straight for this nerve-wracking thriller in which he portrays the vicious and ruthless top man of a car-stealing gang. Things heat up when cheery salesman Richard Todd’s new auto is snagged and Todd’s bulldog grit comes to the surface, resulting in some totally harsh behavior when he stands up to sadistic Sellers. Fans of nasty nonsense should cream in their jeans at this one.
Fri., Aug. 21, 3:35 & 7:25 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 22, 3:35 & 7:25 p.m., 2009
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 18, 2009