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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

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Killer of Killers  »

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SEK 896,179 (Sweden)
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Trivia

The meaning and relevance of this movie's "Mechanic" title is that it is an American underworld slang term for a professional hired killer or hit-man. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Arthur Bishop: It takes a special kind of person to do that.
Steve McKenna: I can dig it.
Arthur Bishop: You say you can "dig it". But, the fact is that you don't know what you're talking about.
Steve McKenna: You do?
Arthur Bishop: Do I?
Steve McKenna: Interesting. When he's cornered, he answers questions with questions.
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References King Kong (1933) See more »

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Well-Executed, Well-Acted, Well-Filmed, Well-Written
13 August 2003 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

'The Mechanic' is easily Charles Bronson's best work, if not at least a tie with 'Mr. Majestyk' for said honor. Judging by most of his works, you'd think he was incapable of doing something that could be even remotely confused with acting. Not so! 'The Mechanic' is a well-written piece that never fails to entertain. A gripping plot, beautiful locations, a quick pace, and perfectly executed scenes of conflict make this movie the masterpiece that it is. Required viewing for fans of the genre! 9/10


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