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Brannigan
     

Brannigan

Director: Douglas Hickox

Cast: John Wayne, Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson

 

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Douglas Hickox directs John Wayne in the cop film Brannigan. The disc boasts a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English, French, and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. French and Spanish subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed

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Douglas Hickox directs John Wayne in the cop film Brannigan. The disc boasts a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English, French, and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. French and Spanish subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed captioned. Supplemental materials are limited to the original theatrical trailer. MGM/UA deserves credit for releasing this film in widescreen, but it will still appeal mostly to Wayne fans.

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This police procedural, which stands alongside the more exciting McQ as John Wayne's answer to the Dirty Harry-inspired wave of 1970s cop movies, is solid but unexceptional action fare. Brannigan often feels like an exercise in missed opportunities due to its unambitious script: the crime-boss-gets-kidnapped premise robs the film of the opportunity to give Wayne a single memorable villain to square off against, and the lovely and inspired choice of an English setting is ultimately wasted because the story never taps into this setting in any kind of resonant way. Despite this general lack of inspiration, Brannigan still manages to offer some modest rewards to the action aficionado thanks to its thorough sense of craftsmanship. Director Douglas Hickox gives the film an agreeably professional sense of gloss and is aided in his efforts by a jazzy, rousing Dominic Frontiere score. More importantly, the cast gives the film a much-needed sense of personality: Wayne is his usual raffishly charming self as the gruff titular cop and Richard Attenborough does a nice job of holding the screen with him as his English policeman foil. All in all, the low-key appeal of Brannigan might be lost on those not impressed by John Wayne's charisma, but it is worth a look for his fans and viewers who appreciate old-fashioned action films.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/02/2001
UPC:
0027616867698
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:51:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne Jim Brannigan
Richard Attenborough Cmdr. Sir Charles Swann
Judy Geeson Sgt. Jennifer Thatcher
Mel Ferrer Mel Fields
John Vernon Ben Larkin
Daniel Pilon Gorman
John Stride Insp. Traven
James Booth Charlie
Del Henney Drexel
Anthony Booth Freddy
Brian Glover Jimmy The Bet
Ralph Meeker Capt. Moretti
Arthur Batanides Angell
Stewart Bevan Alex
Barry Dennen Julian
Kathryn Leigh Scott Miss Allen
Jack Watson Carter
Lesley-Anne Down Luana
Tom Laughlin Geef

Technical Credits
Douglas Hickox Director
Michael Butler Original Story,Screenwriter
Malcolm Cooke Editor
Gerry Fisher Cinematographer
Dominic Frontiere Score Composer
Arthur Gardner Producer
Simon Kaye Sound/Sound Designer
Jules Levy Producer
Josie MacAvin Set Decoration/Design
Ted Marshall Production Designer
William P. McGivern Screenwriter
William W. Norton Screenwriter
Emma Porteous Costumes/Costume Designer
Ted Sturgis Asst. Director
Christopher Trumbo Original Story,Screenwriter
Michael Wayne Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Brannigan
1. Main Title/No Rules [:08]
2. Ben Larkin [6:41]
3. Kidnapped [9:02]
4. Club Rules [6:54]
5. For Hire [5:53]
6. Drop-Off [6:34]
7. Too Simple [9:22]
8. A Murphy [7:02]
9. Booby Traps [3:40]
10. Strong-Arm [5:51]
11. Bar Brawl [7:40]
12. Right-Hand Driver [5:51]
13. Suspect [7:28]
14. Change of Plans [7:25]
15. "Never Trust Anybody" [7:09]
16. Last Shot/Credits [8:46]

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