Monte Hellman Release date1974 (UK),
1 July 1980 (Hong Kong) DirectorsMichael Carreras, Monte Hellman GenresAction Film, Thriller, Martial Arts Film, Action/Adventure CastStuart Whitman (Shatter), Ti Lung (Tai Pah), Lily Li (Mai-Mee), Peter Cushing (Paul Rattwood), Anton Diffring (Hans Leber), Yemi Ajibadi (Ansabi M'Goya / Dabula M'Goya) Similar moviesJohn Wick, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, The Equalizer, Batman Begins, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Matrix Revolutions
TaglineMr. Shatter isn't crushproof, but cross him and he'll put you in a box!
Shatter, also known as Call Him Mr Shatter and They Call Him Mr Shatter, is a 1974 British-Hong Kong action film directed by Michael Carreras and Monte Hellman and starring Stuart Whitman, Lung Ti, Lily Li, Anton Diffring and Peter Cushing in his last film for Hammer Studios. It was the second and final international co-production between Hammer Studios of England and Shaw Brothers Studio of Hong Kong. The film was shot entirely on location in Hong Kong and was first released in 1974 in UK.
Shatter (Stuart Whitman) is a hitman contracted to kill a dictator in a certain African country. He completes his assignment and returns to Hong Kong to collect his fee, only to learn that he himself is the next target of the assassination because he was intended to be used as a scapegoat by his client for a larger political agenda. Being pursued by various government agencies and gangsters, Shatter seeks help from a master martial artist Tai Pah (Lung Ti) and promise to share half of his fee in exchange for Tai Pah’s protection and assistance to recovering his fee.
The film was begun by Monte Hellman who was replaced either for shooting "incomprehensible rushes" or being behind schedule. Michael Carreras took over direction and brought in a new cinematographer. Carreras complained "In my opinion, the action scenes lack excitement, the dialogue scenes are dull and Hong Kong looks like a slum. I just don't know how to salvage it" The experience made Carreras vow to never direct or produce a film again. A new score was added when the original Shaw Brothers score horrified music director Philip Martell who thought it "absoutely appalling".
Plans to turn Shatter into a television series starring Stuart Whitman were shelved when Avco-Embassy didn't pick up the US release of the film until 1976.