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On Deadly Ground

It opens with an oil-rig fire out of Hellfighters, handled as an action sequence like the close of The Glimmer Man. The barroom rummy is from It’s a Wonderful Life or El Dorado. The effective satire of the television commercial mirrors the callousness of its target.

You get Alaska and Eskimos, who represent the “human beings” of Little Big Man. The blessings invoked conclude on a cut to a raven filling the screen and flying away.

Opposition to these murderous villains is stated as a “terrorist threat.”

Michael Caine’s performance is an unexpected treat, as he plays a “thoroughgoing bastard.”

The peroration, a tribute to Chaplin, is intended to be taken in the spirit of the rest