The Squeeze (1977 film)

This article is about the 1977 film. For other films, see The Squeeze (disambiguation).
The Squeeze
Directed by Michael Apted
Produced by Stanley O'Toole
Screenplay by Leon Griffiths
Based on Whose Little Girl Are You?
by James Tucker
Music by David Hentschel
Cinematography Dennis C. Lewiston
Edited by John Shirley
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • 7 November 1977 (1977-11-07) (Sweden)
  • 20 March 1977 (1977-03-20) (United Kingdom)
Running time
104 minutes
Country UK
Language English

The Squeeze is a 1977 British gangster thriller, directed by Michael Apted, based on a novel by Bill James (under the pseudonym, "David Craig").[1] 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.


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 usually 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...".



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