The Master Touch
aka A Man to Respect
aka Un uomo da rispettare
Action / Crime / Drama
Directed by Michele Lupo
Cast: Kirk Douglas as Steve Wallace
Giuliano Gemma as Marco
Florinda Bolkan as Anna
Wolfgang Preiss as Miller
Rene Kolldehoff as Detective Hoffman
Romano Puppo as Miller's Lieutenant
Bruno Corazzari as Eric
John Bartha as Security Guard
The Master Touch is an action crime drama released in 1972 and directed by Michele Lupo.
Steve Wallace is a safecracker, and a master at the craft, who has just been released after serving a three-year prison term. He has barely returned home to his wife when he is summoned to meet with Miller, the mob boss for whom he had been doing a job when he was arrested.
Miller proposed that Wallace do another job for him, breaking into a large safe at the International Insurance Company. Miller explains that the problem will be in defeating the security system set up for the vault which is called ‘Big Ben’. According to Miller, the alarm can be triggered by something even as small as the buzzing of a fly. Leary of his experience with Miller, Wallace turns down the job.
Short on cash, and intrigued by the idea of the security challenge, Wallace decides to investigate and visits the building where the vault is located. As he is leaving, he sees a young man engaged in a fight with one of Miller’s thugs and is impressed with his fighting ability and agility. When the thug pulls a gun on the young man Wallace intervenes and saves him.
The young man, Marco, and Wallace become friends and Wallace convinces Marco to help him in getting into the vault, but warns Marco that no one is to be hurt in the process. Wallace constructs a plan to circumvent the security installation and also to arrange that he may be arrested, but is so, it will be for a smaller burglary of a pawn shop, involving a short prison term which he is willing to risk for the reward of the millions he believes he will get from the vault heist.
Instead of waiting for night time, the pair attempt the theft in the evening just after the building is closed, but things go wrong when Marcus kills the security guard.