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The Mechanic (1972)

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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Harry McKenna ['Big Harry']
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The Girl
Linda Ridgeway ...
Louise, Steve McKenna's Girlfriend
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The Man (as Frank De Kova)
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Intern
Lindsay Crosby ...
Policeman (as Lindsay H. Crosby)
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 has 100 ways to kill... and they all work! 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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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Notable Hollywood and Los Angeles locations seen in this picture include a Manderville Canyon ranch once owned by actor Robert Taylor, the Pasadena mansion used for Wayne Manor in the TV series Batman (1966), the Hollywood Wax Museum and La Esperanza, a forty-roomed Hollywood Hills manor house at the time belonging to actress Greta Garbo. See more »

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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

Steve McKenna: You do this for money?
Arthur Bishop: Money is paid, but that's not the motive. It has to do with standing outside of it all, on your own.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.79 (2011) See more »

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Grosse Fugue Op.133
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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A must see for people who love "mechanics"
3 August 2004 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Another classic Bronson movie and not to be missed. This time Charles is Arthur Bishop, a merciless, unfeeling, uncaring and strictly by the book assassin who is the standard by which all other professional killers are measured. Meticulous to a fault and as calculatingly efficient as can be, Bishop systematically completes his missions and returns to his mansion each night. Soon after eliminating one of his old friends, he becomes attached to the dead man's young and impertinent son Steve (John Michael Vincent), which quickly progresses from friendship to business relationship. Bishop agrees to mentor Steve in the tricks of the trade as an "associate" and after working with him he is free to do as he pleases. However, Bishop quickly discovers that is apt pupil is more nefarious than he appears as Steve has already accepted a contract on Bishop's life. But what Arthur doesn't realize yet is "the organization" to which Bishop belongs now wants him eliminated and will stop at nothing to achieve this goal. Bishop has broken a rule in taking Steve under his wing without first getting approval of "The Man" and is therefore marked for death. This film is filled with action, intrigue, and of course suspense as you continue to wonder the whole time which "mechanic" is gonna get his car fixed first. The ending is quite unpredictable for a 70's Bronson movie but enjoyable to the last second. Also features a cameo by Bronson's late wife Jill Ireland. One of Charles Bronson's better accomplishments on the silver screen I sure was impressed.


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