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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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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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14 December 1972 (West Germany)  »

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Killer of Killers  »

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SEK 896,179 (Sweden)
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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 »

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(at around 1 min): When Bishop is photographing using a telescope, the image should be upside down. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Bishop: Murder is only killing without a license.
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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.1 (2011) See more »

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String Quartet Op.18 No.6 (2nd Movement)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Cult Movies 15
4 January 1999 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

15. THE MECHANIC (action, 1972) Arthur Bishop (Charles Bronson) is the mechanic, a hit man hired by the Organization as an assassin. Bishop's contact to the Organization is Harry, a long time confidant of his late father. Bishop is meticulous in his work. He is without feelings or remorse, the consummate professional. Bishop's next target is Harry. He carries the job through without hesitation. Harry's son Steve (Jan-Michael Vincent) lives the life of a dilettante playboy. He suspects Bishop's involvement in his father's death, and tries to find out what his ties to the Organization truly are.

Critique: As far as spy and espionage films go 'The Mechanic' is one of the best. Not only for those Charles Bronson aficionados (like myself), but for lovers of well-made action films. Michael Winner's clever direction adds a sparkle to the genre. He sets up interesting insights into an assassin's mode of work.

A cut above Death Wish (1974- Bronson's best known film), in both content and script, Bronson's performance is the epitome of cool. He's perfect at playing a character that has been totally detached from the outside world, and a man trapped in a world he can only have created. In the same way that Steve McQueen used his laconic presence to great effect, Winner makes full use of Bronson's craggy features.

QUOTE: Bishop: "Murder is killing without a license. Everybody kills."


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