GenreCrime, Drama ScreenplayLeon Griffiths CountryUK
Release dateNovember 7, 1977 (1977-11-07) (Sweden)
March 20, 1977 (1977-03-20) (United Kingdom) Based onWhose Little Girl Are You?
by James Tucker WriterLeon Griffiths (screenplay), James Tucker (novel) CastStacy Keach (Jim Naboth), David Hemblen (Keith), Stephen Boyd (Vic), Edward Fox (Foreman), David Hemmings (Keith), Carol White (Jill) Similar moviesDr. No, From Russia With Love, The Spy Who Loved Me, You Only Live Twice, For Your Eyes Only, The Living Daylights
The Squeeze is a 1977 British gangster thriller, directed by Michael Apted, based on a novel by Bill James (under the pseudonym, "David Craig"). The screenplay was written by Minder creator Leon Griffiths.
Largely neglected, this production headlines a major cast made up of American actor Stacy Keach, and British actors Edward Fox and David Hemmings. Irish actor Stephen Boyd was also featured in a major (and final) role as a gangster.
The squeeze robbery 1977
To create realism in the film, the producers of The Squeeze enlisted an ex-gangster called Bob Ramsey to act as a contact between the film unit and the local underworld in order to cut down on harassment and keep everybody unharmed and happy. This was due to location shooting taking place in rather undesirable areas where the criminals were.
Local people in the area were hired as extras.
The Squeeze is now considered a forgotten crime masterpiece that gets mentioned in books on British cinema of the 1970s but usually gets overlooked in the light of Get Carter (1971) & The Long Good Friday (1981).
On its release tabloid paper The News of The World called The Squeeze, "A nail-biting thriller...".