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Grand Slam (1967)



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This latter day Edward G. Robinson heist flick is yet another testament to how unique and great Robinson really was. He's famous for his tough gangsters, as in Little Caesar, but then he could turn around and do something like The Woman In the Window, where he creates one of the most fragile and sympathetic movie characters of all time.

It is that very duality that gives depth and nuance to his role in Grand Slam, where he masterminds an ingenious heist. The complexity is unnecessary -- these movies are more about logistics than character -- but very welcome, as the humanity Robinson brings to the character adds weight to the proceedings.

The other distinguishing characteristic of the film is its exotic setting, specifically Rio de Janeiro. The film does a wonderful job capturing the feel of the city and its inhabitants.