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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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He has 100 ways to kill... and they all work! See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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PG | See all certifications »

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14 December 1972 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Killer of Killers  »

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Box Office

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SEK 896,179 (Sweden)
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Trivia

Charles Bronson was about fifty years of age when he appeared in this movie. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, when Steve takes the taxi to Arthur's house, you can see Steve's car and there is clearly no note attached to the rear view mirror. When Steve leaves Arthur's house and goes to his car there is a note on the rear view mirror. This should have been visible from the taxi. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Arthur Bishop: [voiceover as Steve reads note] Steve, if you read this, it means I didn't make it back. It also means you've broken a filament controlling a 13-second delay trigger. End of game. Bang! You're dead.
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References Cruel, Cruel Love (1914) See more »

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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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