The Domino Principle (1977) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Domino Principle (1977)




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Movie Info

Stanley Kramer directed this paranoid thriller involving a murderer who is inexplicably released from prison by a mysterious organization. Gene Hackman is Roy Tucker, serving time in San Quentin when he's busted out by a secret organization in return for having to assassinate an unnamed person. Roy travels from San Francisco to Spain trying to find out why he was released from prison and who he has to kill. His only lead is the organization is run by a collection of unknown people, collectively known as "They."

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Gene Hackman
as Roy Tucker
Candice Bergen
as Ellie Tucker
Edward Albert
as Ross Pine - a member of the organization
Mickey Rooney
as Spiventa
Eli Wallach
as Gen. Tom Reser
Ken Swofford
as Ditcher
Jay Novello
as Capt. Ruiz
Ted Gehring
as Schnaible
Majel Barrett
as Mrs. Schnaible
George Fisher
as Henemeyer
Bob Herron
as Brookshire
Wayne King
as Nebraska
John Bear Hudkins
as Truck Driver
Farnesio DeBernal
as Bank Official
Patricia Luke
as Travel Agency Girl
George Sawaya
as Assassination Victim
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Critic Reviews for The Domino Principle

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Stanley Kramer's film contains a lot of physical and logistical nonsense.

November 7, 2007 | Full Review…

With a lame script and the leaden hand of Kramer's direction, it blows most of its chances.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

...a stirring thriller that succeeds despite a narrative that is, to put it mildly, rather far-fetched.

April 5, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Falls apart and goes downhill at such a snail's pace, all you can say is, "Who cares!"

October 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Stanley Kramer was obviously trying for a message with this film, but it got lost within the intricate plot twists.

November 7, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Domino Principle


Late 70's conspiracy theorists unite as convict Hackman gets recruited to do a bit of dirty work for a clandestine organization with seemingly unlimited resources and funding. Not a bad vehicle to entertain but the execution leaves a lot to be desired, namely coherency. The actors do their part but the scenario is specious to say the least.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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