The Alpha Caper


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Time Out says

Senior citizen Fonda, forced to retire early from his job as parole officer, takes his revenge on the city officials by using his inside knowlege to rip off a mammoth gold shipment while it is being moved to a new depository. The film's success relies on the audience's complicity and the neatness of the robbery, plus a couple of good sequences thrown in as a bonus: a funeral next to a noisy freeway, an excruciating retirement party. Fonda's accomplices are rather Three Stoogish (though Larry Hagman's special cinematic special effects man is a nice idea), and the film too often betrays the limitations of its made-for-TV budget. Apart from an absurd epilogue, an undemandingly enjoyable support.


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85 mins

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