Hold Up

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  • 1974
  • 1 hr 29 min
  • 5.5  (53)

Hold Up is a 1974 French-Italian crime thriller that tells the story of a group of robbers who attempt to steal a shipment of gold bullion from an express train. The movie is directed by Italian-born filmmaker Francesco Masseli and stars Frederick Stafford, Nathalie Delon, and Marcel Bozzuffi in the lead roles. The movie opens with a shot of a heavily guarded express train carrying a shipment of gold bullion worth millions of dollars. As the train travels through the French countryside, a group of robbers led by the suave and charismatic Georges Serrano (played by Frederick Stafford) lay a trap for the train by digging a hole in the tracks. The train hits the hole, derails, and comes to a stop. The robbers quickly swoop in to steal the gold, but things quickly go wrong when they discover that the shipment they were after is not on the train.

The rest of the movie follows Georges and his gang as they try to figure out what went wrong and where the gold is. They are pursued by the police, led by Inspector Zacaria (played by Marcel Bozzuffi), who is determined to catch the robbers and recover the stolen gold.

As the movie progresses, the tension between the robbers builds as they turn on each other and betray one another in their quest to find the gold. Meanwhile, Inspector Zacaria uses all his resources and knowledge to track down the robbers, even resorting to using a beautiful stool pigeon named Olga (played by Nathalie Delon) to infiltrate Georges' gang and gather intelligence.

The movie is filled with intense action sequences, suspenseful chases, and clever plot twists that keep the audience guessing until the very end. The dialogue is sharp and witty, and the performances by the lead actors are top-notch. The chemistry between Georges and Olga is particularly electric, adding a layer of romance to the tense crime thriller.

Hold Up is a classic example of 1970s French-Italian cinema, with its emphasis on gritty realism, complex characters, and intricate storytelling. The movie was hailed by critics upon its release and has since become a cult classic among fans of the crime thriller genre. It is a must-watch for anyone who enjoys suspenseful, action-packed movies with a twist.

In conclusion, Hold Up is a riveting crime thriller that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats from start to finish. With its intense action sequences, clever plot twists, and stellar performances by its lead actors, the movie is a must-watch for fans of the genre. Its lasting impact on the world of cinema serves as a testament to the sheer artistry and skill of its creators.

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    1 hr 29 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    5.5  (53)