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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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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)  »

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Killer of Killers  »

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SEK 896,179 (Sweden)
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First movie filmed in Hollywood for director Michael Winner. His previous picture he made with Charles Bronson, Chato's Land (1972), was filmed in Spain. See more »

Goofs

As Bishop is taking pictures through the binoculars, the close-up shots of his fingers operating the shutter do not match the full-frame shots of his fingers. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Bishop: Murder is only killing without a license.
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References King Kong (1933) See more »

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Grosse Fugue Op.133
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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The best Bronson film ever and also one of the 70's best
4 May 2005 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

They sure don't make them like this anymore: smart, realistic, tough and fascinating. Charles Bronson is in top form here, he plays a hit man with creative and untraceable way methods of killing, he is like a "death doctor" and when he "fix something, it never works again". But things aren't so good for him lately, he suffers from anxiety and collapses in one memorable scene. He then decides to take under his wing the young Steve Mackenna (Jan Michael Vincent in one of his better roles) and teach his the skills of the trade. Director Michael Winner put together a piece of classic cinema with everything seems to work perfectly. The cinematography is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen, especially the final scenes located in Italy. It's a shame that this film is almost unknown to the young generation and is way underrated here. The twisted ending certainly lifts up the already high level of the film. Highly recommended 10/10.


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