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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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Cast

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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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He fixes people so they never work again. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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14 December 1972 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Killer of Killers  »

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SEK 896,179 (Sweden)
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Notable Hollywood and Los Angeles locations seen in this picture include a Manderville Canyon ranch once owned by actor Robert Taylor, the Pasadena mansion used for Wayne Manor in the TV series Batman (1966), the Hollywood Wax Museum and La Esperanza, a forty-roomed Hollywood Hills manor house at the time belonging to actress Greta Garbo. See more »

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When Bishop pins up the papers that he gets in the special delivery, he puts the pin in the top middle of the paper. In the next shot, the papers are pinned in both the top left and right corners. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Bishop: It takes a special kind of person to do that.
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Arthur Bishop: You say you can "dig it". But, the fact is that you don't know what you're talking about.
Steve McKenna: You do?
Arthur Bishop: Do I?
Steve McKenna: Interesting. When he's cornered, he answers questions with questions.
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References Blood and Sand (1941) See more »

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String Quartet Op.18 No.6 (2nd Movement)
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The absolute cream of Bronson
27 May 2004 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

There are excellent Charles Bronson movies and then there's a huge bunch of Bronson films that are not quite as excellent, so-called b-thrillers - films that only dedicated Bronson freaks love. However "The Mechanic" is certainly one of the best action thrillers he has ever done and definitely the biggest classics of good old Charles.

I was thrilled when I watched it as a kid when it came from television and it gives me a very pleasant nostalgic feeling when I watch it nowadays from dvd. For example the motorcycle chase or the surprising ending works every time (although it clearly doesn't come as a surprise today). Bronson is at his element: calm, tough and cool. Very intelligent and enjoyable movie. If you're a fan of 1970's style of filmmaking, you can't pass this.


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