The Squeeze

The Squeeze (1977)
The Squeeze (1977)

Recommended by Ralph Mellon

A near-forgotten British crime melodrama from the 1970s, soaked in squalor, violence, seediness and sleaze.

Directed by Michael Apted, who’d go on to the likes of ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’, Bond flick ‘The World Is Not Enough’ and the great ‘Gorky Park’, it was scripted by ‘Minder’ creator Leon Griffiths.

‘The Squeeze’ has been overshadowed in the memory by other UK gangster movies like ‘Villain’, ‘Get Carter’ and ‘The Long Good Friday’ but is well worth discovering.

Stacey Keach stars as alcoholic, self-ruining London ex-copper Jim Naboth, drawn into a kidnap and ransom plot involving his ex-wife Jill (Carol White) and her daughter. There’s a great last-film performance by Stephen Boyd – always superb when he played villains – plus David Hemmings as a thoroughly nasty gang leader, Edward Fox as Jill’s wealthy new husband, and even Freddie Starr as Jim’s petty criminal pal.

Grimy and unpleasant but good, despite its plot flaws, with a brilliant music score by David Hentschel.