After Pardon Chato, a mestizo, kills a US marshal in self-defense, a posse pursues him, but as the white volunteers advance deep in Indian territory they become more prey than hunters, ... See full summary »
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
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This picture is notable for a motor-cycle stunt where a motor-bike rider, at the end of a long chase, rides his bike off a 200 foot cliff. Husqvarna motor cycles were specially adapted to film the chase hitting speeds of nearly 110 miles per hour whilst filming on location at the Indian Dunes, Newhall, California. See more »
(at around 1 min): When Bishop is photographing using a telescope, the image
should be upside down. See more »
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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