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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The Man (as Frank De Kova)
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Intern
Lindsay Crosby ...
Policeman (as Lindsay H. Crosby)
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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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bishop's painting that features significantly is "The Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymus Bosch. The original is in the Museo del Prado in Madrid. See more »

Goofs

The Fiat car used by the Mechanic in the case in Naples area is blown up. However the car is used again a few minutes later. Not only is the registration plate the same, it still has only one brake light working. See more »

Quotes

Steve McKenna: You're, uh, gonna be dead in five minutes.
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Soundtracks

String Quartet Op.18 No.6 (2nd Movement)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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A classic! One of the greatest movie endings EVER!
30 March 2005 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

Classic Charles Bronson. I've only recently really started getting more into his older films; I'm fluent with the Death Wish series. The Mechanic is one of his best, if not one of THE best action/thriller films I've seen. Very cleverly done, particularly his methods of killing. I also like the term used to describe assassins; that's new to me. The movie had me intrigued throughout, with Bronson playing the part very well; very few people could look as wrong as Bronson. But it's the ending that makes the movie that much better, because it's totally unexpected. I want to 'spoil' it so bad but I won't....although other user reviews here may have already. I'll just say that you'll be completely amped afterwards, your jaw will drop to the floor at how cool and unexpected it is. One of the true classic action films; the rating on here should be higher.

***1/2 out of **** stars.


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