Prisoner Roy Tucker (Gene Hackman) gets an offer that’s too good to be true when a stranger called Tagge (Richard Widmark) visits him one day in jail, and says he can give Roy his freedom in exchange for agreeing to do an unnamed job down the line. Roy accepts and, after visiting his wife (Candice Bergen), is told the job is murdering someone. When Roy refuses to be a gun for hire, his wife is kidnapped, and Roy must find out who Tagge’s mysterious employers are before it’s too late.
This picture is a 1970s conspiracy movie and was part of a mini-cycle that included Klute (1971), Chinatown (1974), Blow Out (1981) Executive Action (1973), The Domino Principle (1977), Winter Kills (1979), The Conversation (1974), Marathon Man (1976), The Parallax View (1974), Three Days of the Condor (1975) and All the President’s Men (1976).
A classic of the thriller genre “The Domino Principle” paints a dire picture of how easily a person can be manipulated. A great plot, great characters and a blazing fast pace make this a great story that is going to entertain no matter how many times you read it.
The Domino Principle is a neo noir thriller film starring Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, Mickey Rooney and Richard Widmark. The film is based on the novel of the same name and was adapted for the screen by its author Adam Kennedy. It was directed and produced by Stanley Kramer.
Kramer wrote in his memoirs that he “wouldn’t be surprised” if Hackman, Bergen and Widmark “would prefer to remain as anonymous as the conspirators” in the film, adding “if I’m right, it’s a feeling I share.