KOPETZKY & KANIPSIA TOGETHER AT LAST.
Dick Kanipsia (James Caan), a reformed car thief, joins his former cellmate’s partner (Peter Boyle) in the quest for a stash of money, but they’re not the only ones looking for a windfall. One of those films that starts with a bang and continues to deliver surprises along the way; it isn’t very original but amusing, laidback and slightly absurd. The story and its money chase may remind audiences of It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963), but this is a more discreet film. Caan’s last movie before this one was The Godfather (1972) and he’s very charming here in a completely different part; Sally Kellerman and Boyle are fun as his offbeat companions.
1973-U.S. 97 min. Color. Produced by Jack Sher. Directed by Howard Zieff. Screenplay: W.D. Richter. Cast: James Caan (Dick Kanipsia), Peter Boyle (Barry Fenaka), Sally Kellerman (Kitty Kopetzky), Louise Lasser, Allen Garfield, Richard B. Schull.
Trivia: The writer tried to turn the movie into a TV show the following year, but the pilot was never sold.