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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 fixes people so they never work again. 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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SEK 896,179 (Sweden)
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Trivia

Cliff Robertson was originally cast as Arthur Bishop, with Jeff Bridges as Steve McKenna. 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

[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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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.1 (2011) See more »

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Grosse Fugue Op.133
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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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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