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Michael Crichton is most famous for his page turning novels, many of which have been adapted into feature films directed by many of Hollywood's bigshot directors such as Robert Wise, Steven Spielberg and Philip Kaufman.
But Crichton himself has directed a number of his own screenplays, and he is pretty underrated as a director, with much of his 1970s output fading to obscurity.
To wit, this 1978 caper flick, starring a very spry Sean Connery and Donald Sutherland and has them complete a series of tasks to counterfeit keys to rob a major gold shipment on an moving train. With jaunty, deadpan and slightly weird dialogue such as "Bring me a dead cat." as well as the usual trials and tribulations of a complicated heist,
there is a sense of joy in this picture that is absent from the writer's other, darker, directorial efforts, such as Looker, Coma and the proto Jurassic Park, Westworld.