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The Mechanic (1972)

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An aging hitman befriends a young man who wants to be a professional killer. Eventually it becomes clear that someone has betrayed them.

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Linda Ridgeway ...
Louise, Steve McKenna's Girlfriend
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James Davidson ...
Intern
Lindsay Crosby ...
Policeman
Steve Cory ...
Messenger
Tak Kubota ...
Yamoto (as Takayuki Kubota)
Patrick O'Moore ...
Old Man
Martin Gordon ...
American Tourist
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The Mark's Girl
Athena Lorde ...
Old Woman
Alison Rose ...
Young Girl
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Storyline

A professional hit man is planning to retire, always a difficult move for one in such a profession. A young apprentice appears to be eager to learn all the skills of the trade - but is that all he wants? Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Clean. Fast. Professional. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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14 December 1972 (West Germany)  »

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Killer of Killers  »

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SEK 896,179 (Sweden)
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Second movie of six that star actor Charles Bronson made with director Michael Winner. Prior to this film they made Chato's Land (1972) and after-wards they collaborated on The Stone Killer (1973), Death Wish (1974), Death Wish II (1982) and Death Wish 3 (1985). See more »

Goofs

When Charles Bronson reads the lips of the men in the park, he hands Jan Michael-Vincent a tape recorder and tells him to turn it on, ostensibly to record what he is reading. However, he only pushes "Play", not "Record". See more »

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Arthur Bishop: [When Arthur is explaining to Steve about the rules in the martial art scene] They won't hit each other or one of them would dead and that's against the law.
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Well-Executed, Well-Acted, Well-Filmed, Well-Written
13 August 2003 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

'The Mechanic' is easily Charles Bronson's best work, if not at least a tie with 'Mr. Majestyk' for said honor. Judging by most of his works, you'd think he was incapable of doing something that could be even remotely confused with acting. Not so! 'The Mechanic' is a well-written piece that never fails to entertain. A gripping plot, beautiful locations, a quick pace, and perfectly executed scenes of conflict make this movie the masterpiece that it is. Required viewing for fans of the genre! 9/10


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