The brilliant work of cinema stars Jean-Louis Trintignant (pronouced Tra-Ten-Ya, now say it fast and you got it!) as a hitman from Paris lurking the hot, smoggy streets of Los Angeles to eliminate a local crime boss, however his trip is foiled when he discovers his employers have sent another killer to do the same to him (played by the always dependable Roy Scheider). What adds to this piece is the lack of gloss, sheen, and plastic living that typically wraps itself around our fair city of Los Angeles when seen in the movies. This element becomes more razor sharp as our main character loses his passport, and finds himself in the middle of the unforgiving rat race that can be Los Angeles, just another anonymous face amongst many anonymous faces looking for a savior, looking for a break... Like many of the great pieces from Michael Mann's early career, The Outside Man becomes a twisting tale of harsh survival, cold loneliness, and hot brutality. Throw in a dash of the always delicious Ann-Margaret and you have something truly remarkable. Are you ready?
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