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Even the Mafia Calls Him Mister!
Tough criminal Hank McCain gets released from prison after serving twelve years for armed robbery. Hank hooks up with his son Jack... See more » | Add synopsis »
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MACHINE GUN McCAIN (Giuliano Montaldo, 1968) *** See more (10 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Cassavetes ... Hank McCain

Britt Ekland ... Irene Tucker

Peter Falk ... Charlie Adamo

Gabriele Ferzetti ... Don Francesco DeMarco

Luigi Pistilli ... Duke Mazzanga
Margherita Guzzinati ... Margaret DeMarco
Claudio Biava ... Barclay
Steffen Zacharias ... Abe Stilberman
James Morrison ... Joby Cuda

Florinda Bolkan ... Joni Adamo
Tony Kendall ... Pete Zacari
Salvo Randone ... Don Salvatore

Gena Rowlands ... Rosemary Scott
Maria Mizar
Euplio Moscusu
Mirella Pamphili
Raffaele Triggia
Gaetano Imbró
Silvana Bacci
Franco Riti
Pierluigi Aprà ... Jack McCain
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Ackerman ... Britten
Annabella Andreoli ... Assunta Esposito

Val Avery ... Chuck Regan
Ennanno Consolazione ... Gennarino Esposito
Carol Doda
Billy Lee ... Pepe
Dennis Sallas ... Fred Tecosky
Dan Gregory ... The Baby Faced Killer (uncredited)
Jackie Lynton ... The Balladeer (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Giuliano Montaldo 
Writing credits
Mino Roli (story)

Ovid Demaris (novel "Candyleg")

Mino Roli (screenplay)

Israel Horovitz (dialogue) (as Israel Horowitz)

Giuliano Montaldo  uncredited

Produced by
Bino Cicogna .... producer
Marco Vicario .... producer
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Cinematography by
Erico Menczer 
Film Editing by
Franco Fraticelli 
Production Design by
Flavio Mogherini 
Art Direction by
Emilio Baldelli 
Roberto Velocchio 
Set Decoration by
Ennio Michettoni 
Flavio Mogherini 
Costume Design by
Enrico Sabbatini 
Makeup Department
Giancarlo De Leonardis .... hair stylist
Michele Trimarchi .... makeup artist
Production Management
Romano Cardarelli .... production manager
Agostino Pascatti .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fabrizio Gianni .... assistant director
Sound Department
Giovanni Fratarcangeli .... boom operator
Luciano Welisch .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Orlando Dolci .... key grip
Rodolfo Flibotti .... lighting technician
Silvio Fraschetti .... camera operator
Renato Mascagno .... assistant camera
Stelvio Mass .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marcella Moretti .... wardrobe
Nadia Vitali .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Adriana Benedetti .... assistant editor
Pierluigi Leonardi .... assistant editor
Andrea Gargano .... final colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Bruno Nicolai .... conductor
Other crew
Enrico Melonari .... production secretary
Vittoria Vigorelli .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gli intoccabili" - Italy (original title)
"For a Price" - International (English title) (informal title)
"The Untouchables" - Europe (English title)
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96 min | Italy:116 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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The sequence with Hank McCain being released from jail was shot at San Quentin Prison without permits.See more »
Errors in geography: When McCain and Irene are driving through downtown Las Vegas, all the closeups of her are played against background shots of hotels and casinos on the Las Vegas strip, miles away.See more »
Don Francesco DeMarco:Do you think we want an ape like you for a partner?
Charlie Adamo:When I took over the West Coast it was full of apes. And the organization was in the toilet. Now I straightened it out - me - and nobody else. Now I'm takin' heat. Why? For what? How the hell do I run this district if I'm in the dark? What's the matter - I can't make an investment? I'm not allowed to make a dollar? I ain't got that right?
Don Francesco DeMarco:When someone talks to us about rights, he ends up like Gennarino Esposito, y'know? And with me, you don't raise your voice.
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MACHINE GUN McCAIN (Giuliano Montaldo, 1968) ***, 2 September 2006
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

This is a stylish, complex and exciting gangster melodrama (which Leonard Maltin in "Movies & Video Guide" calls "junk" and awards a mere **!) bolstered by an infectious Ennio Morricone score (especially the title ballad). Amazingly, it was shown on Italian TV at the time of the Cannes Film Festival as part of a series of past nominees; unfortunately, however, the print was of the choppy 94-minute U.S. version (bearing the Columbia logo upfront) and panned-and-scanned to boot (making the Techniscope compositions pretty claustrophobic)!! I've been unable to determine the film's original length, but I've seen running-times as long as 119 minutes!

The film is well-served by a great cast: an intense and fearless John Cassavetes as the title character, a delectable Britt Ekland as a girl he meets and marries on being sprung from jail (who becomes an accomplice in his criminal schemes without batting an eyelid, at least in this version!), Peter Falk as a bad-tempered small-time hood whose ambitions see him clash with his ruthless superiors, Florinda Bolkan as his even more avaricious wife, Gabriele Ferzetti as the crossed Don who goes to teach Falk a lesson (and who seems to be having an affair with Bolkan!), Luigi Pistilli (rather under-used as Falk's right-hand man), Salvo Randone (as the No. 1 Mafia Boss who keeps track of the situation from his New York office), Tony Kendall (as the hit-man dispatched to eliminate both Falk and Cassavetes) and "Special Guest Star" Gena Rowlands (as McCain's tough old flame - together they were a legendary criminal double-act, and the real-life couple demonstrate undeniable chemistry in their one scene together! - who, still having feelings for him, aids in his escape from the Mob and suffers the consequences for her actions). It's an interesting mix of 'styles': the Italians give it authenticity, the women a touch of class and the two male stars (who, regrettably, don't share any screen-time but were eventually re-teamed in a gangland milieu in MIKEY AND NICKY [1976] - which I recently watched - and where they were practically inseparable!) an aura of intelligence. Some sources credit The Doors' frontman Jim Morrison in the role of a lackey, but it certainly didn't seem like him to me!

The best sequence is the ingenious heist from a Las Vegas casino (indeed, the glitzy and often sleazy locations are a definite asset) and, in the cynical fashion of cinema in the late 60s, the film ends - rather abruptly - with a downbeat 'curtain'. Montaldo didn't make that many films but from the three I've watched - the others being the enjoyable light-hearted caper GRAND SLAM (1967) and the excellent IL GIOCATTOLO (1979), a Death Wish-type drama with a remarkable leading performance from Nino Manfredi - he certainly knew his business.

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