It's unfair to label James Caan a B-movie throwaway. He was a top Hollywood leading man from Coppola's GODFATHER in '72 until Michael Mann's THIEF in '81, a dynamic period in the history of cinema. As a kid who had the good fortune to see both THE GAMBLER and ROLLERBALL on the big screen during their original theatrical release, I have carried those images in my head for the last 45 years. I recently saw Peckinpah's THE KILLER ELITE for the first time. Even though the picture was obviously produced in an alcoholic haze, Caan's performance is tremendous.

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