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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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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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When Bishop pins up the papers that he gets in the special delivery, he puts the pin in the top middle of the paper. In the next shot, the papers are pinned in both the top left and right corners. See more »

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Arthur Bishop: That was pretty cold.
Steve McKenna: I knew she wouldn't do it.
Arthur Bishop: But, had she done that, would be willing to pick up the tab?
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Murder Is Only Killing without a License
15 November 2011 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The forty-two year old hit-man Arthur Bishop (Charles Bronson) is frequently hired to kill without a trace and he carefully studies the profiles of his victims to find the perfect and clean way to execute them.

When he is hired to kill "Big" Harry McKenna (Keenan Wynn), who was a former friend of his father, Arthur meets his son Steve McKenna (Jan- Michael Vincent) asking money to Harry at home. Later in Harry's funeral, Steve asks for a ride to Arthur and they become very close. Arthur finds potential in the twenty-four year old Steve to become a professional killer and he invites the youngster to form a partnership with him. However his attitude displeases the Powers that Be and Arthur is sent to Naples to kill a mobster. Arthur finds a file about him in a drawer at Steve's house but he invites Steve to travel with him to Italy. Sooner they learn that someone wants them to see Naples and die.

"The Mechanic" is an engaging film by Michael Winner with another great performance of Charles Bronson in the role of a "mechanic", meaning a hired hit-man that kills his victims without leaving a trace. One of the best lines in this film is when he tells to Steve that murder is only killing without a license. Jan-Michael Vincent has one of his best performances in the role of a youngster that believe that he has learned how to lure an experienced man. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Assassino a Preço Fixo" ("Killer at a Fixed Price")


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