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More Than Murder (1984)

A high-stakes poker game is robbed and Pat intervenes as the thieves make their getaway. He is shot in the back and then framed as a drug dealer. Hammer makes it his job to clear Pat and find out who nearly killed him.


Gary Nelson


Stephen Downing (teleplay), Mickey Spillane (characters) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Stacy Keach ... Mike Hammer
Lindsay Bloom ... Velda
Don Stroud ... Captain Pat Chambers
Kent Williams ... Assistant D.A. Lawrence D. Barrington
Tim McIntire ... Malcolm Dobbs
Lynn-Holly Johnson ... Sandy
Sam Groom ... Tom Phillips
Richard Romanus ... Bedrick Bordante
Denny Miller ... Tallahassee Smith
Robyn Douglass ... Eve Warwick
Danny Goldman ... Ozzie the Answer
Gail Ramsey Gail Ramsey ... Linda (as Gail Rae Carlson)
Kevin King Kevin King ... Davey
Ingrid Anderson Ingrid Anderson ... Angela
John Hancock ... Judge


Hammer is asked to be a bodyguard for a high-rolling poker player, a job which he refuses. The game is robbed by two masked gunmen. The men parachute down to the ground but are stopped by Hammer's friend Captain Pat Chambers. However, he is shot in the back by a third gunman and put in hospital seriously wounded. Pat was tipped off about a drug deal but his informant is then killed. When drugs are found in Pat's car, it is part of a plan to frame him. Hammer is determined to clear him, find the shooters and the drug dealers as the bodies pile up. Written by jem

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Saving a friend
19 November 2020 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This full length Mike Hammer mystery has Stacy Keach at his tough guy best saving a friend who happens to be a detective who from what I could tell was there quite coincidentally at the scene of a high stakes poker game that is robbed and two men killed. Nevertheless Don Stroud who is also shot in the back gets himself indicted. It throws the film off kilter.

Still Keach is great in the part and other performances to watch for are Verna Bloom as Hammer's secretary, Robyn Douglass as an undercover fed, Tim McIntire as a country singer and Richard Romanus as a federal witness who's not quite kosher.

Still the script could have used some fine tuning.

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Release Date:

26 January 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer: More Than Murder See more »

Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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