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  • Actors: Kim Darby, Scott Wilson, Tony Musante, Robert Lansing, Connie Stevens
  • Directors: Robert Aldrich
  • Writers: James Hadley Chase, Leon Griffiths
  • Producers: Robert Aldrich, Walter Blake, William Aldrich
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Release Date: Oct. 31 2000
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6305971889
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The psychotic kiler. The young heiress. The kidnapping that becomes a love story.
This violent, over-the-top Robert ("DIRTY DOZEN") Aldrich directed thriller is a remake of the 1948 British film "NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH" which was in turn adapted from the once banned ... novel of the same name.
It's the 1920s. Kim Darby is the beautiful young heiress Barbara Blandish who is kidnaped by the brutal Grissom gang. Their plan is simple and savage: keep the ransom and kill the hostage. Unfortunately (for the gang) dimwit Slim Grissom (Scott Wilson) falls in love with Barbara. And the even more unfortunate Barbara is forced into a relationship -- as the poster says -- of "violence and desire."
Finally, when the police close in and the gang comes apart, the question becomes: Who will survive the final frenzy of love and bullets?
Tony Musante, Ralph Waite, Robert Lansing and Connie Stevens co-star in this still shocking, extremely vicious gangster thriller. The tense screenplay is by Leon Griffiths and the edgy, very 70s score is by Gerald Fried.
Those who knew director Aldrich, who was also responsible for "KISS ME DEADLY" and "THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE," say this film was intended as a black comedy and was a reflection of his bizarre, almost sadistic, sense of humor. He said, "if it makes you laugh or cringe or both is more about who you are...
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The psychotic kiler. The young heiress. The kidnapping that becomes a love story.
This violent, over-the-top Robert ("DIRTY DOZEN") Aldrich directed thriller is a remake of the 1948 British film "NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH" which was in turn adapted from the once banned-as-pornographic novel of the same name.
It's the 1920s. Kim Darby is the beautiful young heiress Barbara Blandish who is kidnaped by the brutal Grissom gang. Their plan is simple and savage: keep the ransom and kill the hostage. Unfortunately (for the gang) dimwit Slim Grissom (Scott Wilson) falls in love with Barbara. And the even more unfortunate Barbara is forced into a relationship -- as the poster says -- of "violence and desire."
Finally, when the police close in and the gang comes apart, the question becomes: Who will survive the final frenzy of love and bullets?
Tony Musante, Ralph Waite, Robert Lansing and Connie Stevens co-star in this still shocking, extremely vicious gangster thriller. The tense screenplay is by Leon Griffiths and the edgy, very 70s score is by Gerald Fried.
Those who knew director Aldrich, who was also responsible for "KISS ME DEADLY" and "THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE," say this film was intended as a black comedy and was a reflection of his bizarre, almost sadistic, sense of humor. He said, "if it makes you laugh or cringe or both is more about who you are..." ...
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Another superb DVD has just been released by Anchor Bay : Robert Aldrich's THE GRISSOM GANG, adapted from James Hadley Chase's "No Orchids for Miss Blandish". Excellent movie but only the choice between the standard and the widescreen version and a scene access as bonus features. Extra meager. Sound and images more than OK for me.
Robert Aldrich is more known as a successful director of action movies like THE DIRTY DOZEN than as a sensitive observer of psychological dramas but with THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE, released in 1968 and THE GRISSOM GANG, Big Bob showed that a golden heart was beating under his elephant skin.
Don't get me wrong ! THE GRISSOM GANG is also a gangster movies loaded with machine guns duels and vicious killings but what's more interesting is the description of the relationship between Slim, the psychotic killer, and Barbara Blandish, the spoiled heiress. This unusual couple has to face a collection of secondary characters one will not forget so easily. For instance, Ma Grissom, played by Irene Dailey, a criminal genius and an overprotective mother, or Eddie - Tony Musante - Hagan, the archetype of the gangster of the 30's, so seductive but ready to kill anything that moves, even women, if necessary.
In the good guys section of the movie, there is someone who, in spite of his millions, could have been part of the Grissom gang : Wesley Addy, Barbara's father and often present in Aldrich's films, his attitude is one of the most disturbing seen in a movie.
All in all, an excellent addition to your library.
A DVD zone Bonnie and Clyde.
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Adapted from the 1939 novel "No Orchids for Miss Blandish", Robert Aldrich's 1971 gangster flick is violent and punishing in it's nature. Set in the poor and barren Mid-Western region of the US during the Depression, the film immerses the viewer in a world of poverty, greed & lust.
Kim Darby plays snotty society girl Barbara Blandish, the product of her boorish and society climbing parents who is kidnapped by a group of petty thugs....however they in turn are ambushed by a more professional crew of hoodlums. Irene Dailey plays Ma Grissom, the cold blooded leader of the small time gang....Scot Wilson is the simple-minded and lovestruck thug, Slim Grissom....Connie Stevens portrays the air headed blonde gangster moll, Anna....and Tony Musante is the oily and vicious, Eddie Hagan.
Whilst definitely not a gangster classic, "The Grissom Gang" is an over looked addition to the genre that's not without it's redeeming qualities. Aldrich had a flair for directing hard edged films that explored the more violent side, and the underbelly of human nature....and this film does all that !!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9daf73c0) out of 5 stars INTENSE DRAMA INTENDED AS BLACK COMEDY? Jan. 2 2002
By Robin Simmons - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The psychotic kiler. The young heiress. The kidnapping that becomes a love story.
This violent, over-the-top Robert ("DIRTY DOZEN") Aldrich directed thriller is a remake of the 1948 British film "NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH" which was in turn adapted from the once banned-as-pornographic novel of the same name.
It's the 1920s. Kim Darby is the beautiful young heiress Barbara Blandish who is kidnaped by the brutal Grissom gang. Their plan is simple and savage: keep the ransom and kill the hostage. Unfortunately (for the gang) dimwit Slim Grissom (Scott Wilson) falls in love with Barbara. And the even more unfortunate Barbara is forced into a relationship -- as the poster says -- of "violence and desire."
Finally, when the police close in and the gang comes apart, the question becomes: Who will survive the final frenzy of love and bullets?
Tony Musante, Ralph Waite, Robert Lansing and Connie Stevens co-star in this still shocking, extremely vicious gangster thriller. The tense screenplay is by Leon Griffiths and the edgy, very 70s score is by Gerald Fried.
Those who knew director Aldrich, who was also responsible for "KISS ME DEADLY" and "THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE," say this film was intended as a black comedy and was a reflection of his bizarre, almost sadistic, sense of humor. He said, "if it makes you laugh or cringe or both is more about who you are..." ...
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9daf748c) out of 5 stars Grisly gangster saga with blazing machine guns.... Jan. 2 2001
By P. Ferrigno - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Adapted from the 1939 novel "No Orchids for Miss Blandish", Robert Aldrich's 1971 gangster flick is violent and punishing in it's nature. Set in the poor and barren Mid-Western region of the US during the Depression, the film immerses the viewer in a world of poverty, greed & lust.
Kim Darby plays snotty society girl Barbara Blandish, the product of her boorish and society climbing parents who is kidnapped by a group of petty thugs....however they in turn are ambushed by a more professional crew of hoodlums. Irene Dailey plays Ma Grissom, the cold blooded leader of the small time gang....Scot Wilson is the simple-minded and lovestruck thug, Slim Grissom....Connie Stevens portrays the air headed blonde gangster moll, Anna....and Tony Musante is the oily and vicious, Eddie Hagan.
Whilst definitely not a gangster classic, "The Grissom Gang" is an over looked addition to the genre that's not without it's redeeming qualities. Aldrich had a flair for directing hard edged films that explored the more violent side, and the underbelly of human nature....and this film does all that !!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9daf78c4) out of 5 stars GANG BANG ( BANG ) Dec 6 2001
By Daniel S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Another superb DVD has just been released by Anchor Bay : Robert Aldrich's THE GRISSOM GANG, adapted from James Hadley Chase's "No Orchids for Miss Blandish". Excellent movie but only the choice between the standard and the widescreen version and a scene access as bonus features. Extra meager. Sound and images more than OK for me.
Robert Aldrich is more known as a successful director of action movies like THE DIRTY DOZEN than as a sensitive observer of psychological dramas but with THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE, released in 1968 and THE GRISSOM GANG, Big Bob showed that a golden heart was beating under his elephant skin.
Don't get me wrong ! THE GRISSOM GANG is also a gangster movies loaded with machine guns duels and vicious killings but what's more interesting is the description of the relationship between Slim, the psychotic killer, and Barbara Blandish, the spoiled heiress. This unusual couple has to face a collection of secondary characters one will not forget so easily. For instance, Ma Grissom, played by Irene Dailey, a criminal genius and an overprotective mother, or Eddie - Tony Musante - Hagan, the archetype of the gangster of the 30's, so seductive but ready to kill anything that moves, even women, if necessary.
In the good guys section of the movie, there is someone who, in spite of his millions, could have been part of the Grissom gang : Wesley Addy, Barbara's father and often present in Aldrich's films, his attitude is one of the most disturbing seen in a movie.
All in all, an excellent addition to your library.
A DVD zone Bonnie and Clyde.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9daf7c84) out of 5 stars Kim Darby is terrific in dramatic role! Sept. 30 2011
By betty l. dravis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is an overlooked movie, in my opinion; one that I wanted to view simply to see Kim Darby playing a more mature role than her "adorable" teen role in True Grit (Special Collector's Edition) opposite the iconic actor John Wayne. When the new version of "True Grit" was released it brought back memories of Darby and aroused my curiosity about how she looked and acted at an older age.

A friend told me about The Grissom Gang, raving over Kim's acting abilities and I had to see for myself.

Yes! Yes! Yes! Darby is excellent in the role of a snooty society girl who is kidnapped by a gang of petty hoodlums with Ma Grissom as the very cruel mother and leader of the gang of three brothers. She treats the "spoiled little rich girl" brutally and would have killed her if it weren't that her youngest (and favorite) son Slim develops a big crush on Darby's character, Barbara Blandish. Slim is simple-minded and easily manipulated by Barbara--who doesn't fool old Ma for a second--which adds to the plot's complexity.

The Grissom Gang are amateurs compared to a more professional crew who thwart their plans. In addition to Darby's excellent acting, Scot Wilson is great in the role of Slim Grisson, Connie Stevens is realistic as the dumb gangster "moll," and Tony Musante is vicious as the leader of the pro gang. But Irene Dailey plays the cold-blooded Ma Grissom to perfection; she made me cringe with fear and disgust.

This is not your typical gangster film, but is important to the genre because Director Robert Aldrich had a flair for directing hard-edged films that were violent, accurately portraying the underbelly side of human nature. This film, set in the poor Mid-Western region during the Depression, captures the realism of those times: poverty, greed, lust are displayed in black-and-white realism.

Definitely not a classic, but well worth the cost of the "used" DVD that I purchased...if only to see Darby as a woman and glimpse Aldrich at his best.

I would say NOT recommended for teens except that nowadays with an abundance of horror and vampire flicks, this would not frighten them at all.

Endnote: Kim Darby is my Facebook friend and she always answers comments. A real down-to-earth woman who grew into a great beauty.

Reviewed by Betty Dravis, September 30, 2011
Author of "Dream Reachers" series of books (with Chase Von)
HASH(0x9daf7c30) out of 5 stars "Grissom Gang" Not Entirely Successful Dec 12 2012
By V. Risoli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Whatever were Robert Aldrich's intentions with his 1971 "The Grissom Gang" it is uncertain if it were a gritty gangster film or a black comedy, it is not entirely successful as anything. I have seen largely many of Aldrich's films and he has not missed ever with me to make entertaining yet heavy-handed and often very funny movies. After "The Grissom Gang" he would still make "Emperor of the North" (another piece where sadism reigns) and "The Longest Yard" perhaps his most successful movie since "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" and "The Dirty Dozen." "The Grissom Gang" was based on the controversial book, "No Orchids for Miss Blandish" by James Hadley Chase with a script by Leon Griffiths and a re-make of its 1948 British film version. The acting which features Kim Darby and Scott Wilson (previously one of the no-name stars playing one of the killers in Richard Brooks' film version of "In Cold Blood") is generally good. Darby is very good, but Wilson gives one hell of a performance despite Aldrich's lack of sympathy for the relationship of those two characters when I think he should have played some of the emotions Wilson reaches with Darby and Tony Musante and Irene Dailey (as "Ma Grissom," a performance that also stands out with bravura) for seriousness which would have given the film a tenderness they seem to need that Aldrich may have been incapable of. Dailey's insane hysterical laughter while spraying her machine gunfire is typical of his bit of a lark while reeling in the sadism. But she is a good menace. To laugh at Wilson is not in the humanely best interest of his character's purpose. Connie Stevens in another supporting role does not come off as well and she would have her characterization of "Scorchy" still to come in her career. The movie does not have the slam dunk ending that Aldrich usually invents for his pictures and the film ultimately is unsatisfying. And it was poorly lit, almost too bright and garish, the blood looked orange and there was too excessive use of glycerin for sweat. Kim Darby had too many scenes where great drops of it dripped off her and you could not tell her real tears for it sometimes, that is too distracting and underplays her when she had the advantage.



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