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      Johnny Cool

      Released Oct 2, 1963 1h 43m Crime Drama List
      50% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 44% Audience Score 100+ Ratings A rich divorcee (Jim Backus) joins a Sicilian hit man (Henry Silva) sent to Los Angeles by a deported mobster. Read More Read Less

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      Eugene Archer New York Times [Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, and Mort Sahl] have been dragged in as a desperate attempt to camouflage a low budget melodrama that would otherwise be remarkable only for its dogged avoidance of anything unusual. Mar 12, 2020 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Joseph Landon's script has more holes in it than a Swiss cheese but he stuffs most of them with action and director William Asher cuts the action in thick slices. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Rob Gonsalves Rob's Movie Vault Fast-paced and compelling. Rated: B Nov 29, 2022 Full Review Boxoffice Staff Boxoffice Magazine Henry Silva... makes a strong bid for stardom on his own with this rousing crime melodrama reminiscent of the gangster films which flourished in the 1930-40 period. Mar 11, 2020 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It relies on its implausible brutal action scenes to provide most of the entertainment. Rated: C- Sep 23, 2010 Full Review TV Guide Staff TV Guide Johnny Cool is a bloodbath that never seems to stop. Rated: 1/5 Oct 27, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Martin B The movie became more about Silva's character traveling the country, knowing where everything was, what everyone was doing his travel plans always perfect. Aloof, enigmatic, the perfect killing machine his only weakness Samantha from Bewitched. Who only knew him for 10 hours but would grovel at his feet willing to do anything for him. Best part Montgomery. Her charater shockingly different from the one we grew to know so well on Bewitched. Everything spectacularly over the top. Watching Silva doing the impossible so perfectly mesmerizing. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Flashily directed, with lots of NYC scenes that (happily) eschew the landmarks in favor of the real deal. Fast-moving, gritty, weirdly entertaining. You can see what I mean in the first 5". Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review ashley h Johnny Cool is a disappointing film. It is about exiled American gangster Colini who sends his protégé-killer Giordano to the USA to eliminate Colini's mob enemies. Henry Silva and Elizabeth Montgomery give terrible performances. The screenplay is badly written. William Asher did a horrible job directing this movie. I was not impressed with this motion picture. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Scared money never made money. A Sicilian gangster known as Johnny Cool is caught by American authorities and exported back to Italy. Once in Italy, he trains a man to take his name, responsibilities, and send him back to the US to assassinate those responsible for his exile. The assassin pretends to be Johnny Cool and quickly falls for a girl. If his secret gets out, he'll quickly become a target of rival gangs. Can the assassin maintain his secret identity and complete his mission? "Do I know you?" "No." "Then what are you looking at?" William Asher, director of Night Warning, Fireball 500, Bikini Beach, Beach Blanket Bingo, Beach Party, The 27th Day, The Shadow on the Window, and Leather Gloves, delivers Johnny Cool. The storyline for this picture is just okay and fairly straightforward. It is a bit bland in parts but the concept was interesting. The acting is just okay and the cast includes Henry Silva, Elizabeth Montgomery, Sammy Davis Jr, Jim Backus, Richard Anderson, and Brad Dexter. "What do you do?" "My best." I came across this picture on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and decided to give it a shot. This was fairly solid and had potential. This wasn't a masterpiece, but a different type of gangster picture for this era. Overall, I recommend giving it a viewing if nothing else is on, but I wouldn't add it to my collection. "He'll be alone. He's always been alone." Grade: C Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member very cool gangsta pic plus bewitched- the powers= this 1 Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Delightfully tawdry early 60s crime drama staring Henry Silva and Elizabeth Montgomery in a pre-Bewitched role. The story is about a deported gangster living in Sicily training an Italian convict, Silva, to take over his US operations. Silva then proceeded to violently dismantle the US mob operations his mentor had stolen from him. The film has the same sort of trashy appeal as Mamie Van Doren's "Guns, Girls, and Gangsters," except this film is slickly made by director William Asher, who I mostly associate with the vastly different Beach Party films, and has a strong supporting cast of character actors, including Richard Anderson, Jim Backus, Joey Bishop, Brad Dexter, Mort Sahl, Telly Savalas, Sammy Davis Jr. Elisha Cook Jr. and Joe Turkel. There's even a jazzy Bill May score to boot. Best of all is seeing the gorgeous Elizabeth Montgomery playing Dare Guinness, a beautifulshowgirl-type, miles away from the wholesome image she crafted as Samantha on "Bewitched." Tough, violent and sexy, this film plays like a very entertaining Roger Corman ripoff of a "Point Blank." Well worth watching for 60s crime film fans. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Movie Info

      Synopsis A rich divorcee (Jim Backus) joins a Sicilian hit man (Henry Silva) sent to Los Angeles by a deported mobster.
      William Asher
      William Asher
      Production Co
      United Artists
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 2, 1963, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 1, 2016
      1h 43m