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The Mechanic
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Director:
Writers:
Lewis John Carlino (screenplay)
Lewis John Carlino (story)
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Release Date:
14 December 1972 (West Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Clean. Fast. Professional. See more »
Plot:
An aging hitman befriends a young man who wants to be a professional killer. Eventually it becomes clear that someone has betrayed them. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
A classic! One of the greatest movie endings EVER! See more (77 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Charles Bronson ... Arthur Bishop

Jan-Michael Vincent ... Steve McKenna

Keenan Wynn ... Harry McKenna ['Big Harry']

Jill Ireland ... The Girl
Linda Ridgeway ... Louise, Steve McKenna's Girlfriend

Frank DeKova ... The Man
James Davidson ... Intern
Lindsay Crosby ... Policeman
Steve Cory ... Messenger
Tak Kubota ... Yamoto (as Takayuki Kubota)
Patrick O'Moore ... Old Man
Martin Gordon ... American Tourist

Celeste Yarnall ... The Mark's Girl
Athena Lorde ... Old Woman
Alison Rose ... Young Girl
Howard Morton ... Car Polish Man
Enzo Fiermonte ... The Mark
Gerald Peters ... Butler

Steve Vinovich ... Party Guest (as Stephen Vinovich)
Robert Jaffe ... Party Guest
Kevin O'Neal ... Party Guest
Kenneth Wolger ... 1st Hippie
Trini Mitchum ... 3rd Hippie
Amando De Vincenzo ... Priest (as Father Amando De Vincenzo)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Barclay ... Garden Party Man (uncredited)
Louis Fitch ... Librarian (uncredited)
Chris Forbes ... Bikini Waitress (uncredited)
Hiroyasu Fujishima ... Aikido Master (uncredited)
Alan Gibbs ... 1st Bodyguard (uncredited)
Linda Grant ... Bathtub Girl (uncredited)
Hank Hamilton ... Kori (uncredited)
Michael Hinn ... Rifle Range Attendant (uncredited)

Ernie F. Orsatti ... Chickin Lickin' Driver (uncredited)
Frank Orsatti ... 2nd Bodyguard (uncredited)
J.N. Roberts ... Gang Leader (uncredited)
Sara Taft ... Garden Party Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Winner 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lewis John Carlino  screenplay
Lewis John Carlino  story

Produced by
Robert Chartoff .... producer
Henry Gellis .... associate producer
Irwin Winkler .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Fielding 
 
Cinematography by
Richard H. Kline 
Robert Paynter (European sequences)
 
Film Editing by
Frederick Wilson  (as Freddie Wilson)
Michael Winner  (as Arnold Crust Jr.)
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Art Direction by
Rodger Maus 
Herbert Westbrook 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert De Vestel (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Phil Rhodes .... makeup artist (as Phillip Rhodes)
 
Production Management
Clifton Brandon .... production manager: European sequences
Mario Mariani .... production manager: European sequences
Hal W. Polaire .... production supervisor (as Hal Polaire)
Vittorio Noia .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francesco Cinieri .... assistant director
Peter Price .... assistant director
Jerome M. Siegel .... assistant director
Antonio Tarruella .... second unit director
Mel Efros .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Eugene Booth .... property master (as Eugene T. Booth)
Ray Traynor .... property master
Barry Wilkinson .... stand-by props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Russ Hill .... dialogue editor
Brian Paxton .... sound re-recordist
Terry Rawlings .... dubbing editor (as Terence Rawlings)
Burdick S. Trask .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Richard Albain .... special effects (as Richard F. Albain)
 
Stunts
Alan Gibbs .... stunt coordinator (as Alan R. Gibbs)
Greg Anderson .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Ferguson .... stunt performer (uncredited)
James M. Halty .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Orsatti .... stunts (uncredited)
J.N. Roberts .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Bettcher .... camera operator (as Al Bettcher)
Colin J. Campbell .... gaffer
Clyde Hart .... key grip (as Clyde W. Hart)
Norman Jones .... camera operator
Eric D. Andersen .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert M. Stevens .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lambert Marks .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Frederick Wilson .... supervising editor (as Freddie Wilson)
 
Music Department
Jerry Fielding .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Alfred Schultz .... transportation (as Alfred F. Schultz)
 
Other crew
Jeffrey Benjamin .... assistant to producer
Pamela Carlton .... continuity
Stephen Cory .... assistant to director
Betty Crosby .... script supervisor
Janet Crosby .... secretary to producer
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Killer of Killers" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
100 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Netherlands:12 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Portugal:M/18 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (2004) (uncut) | UK:15 (1988) (cut) | UK:AA (1972) | USA:PG (Certificate #23380) | West Germany:16
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Trivia:
Second movie of six that star actor Charles Bronson made with director Michael Winner. Prior to this film they made Chato's Land (1972) and after-wards they collaborated on The Stone Killer (1973), Death Wish (1974), Death Wish II (1982) and Death Wish 3 (1985).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Arthur Bishop:Murder is only killing without a license.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Two-Faced Woman (1941)See more »

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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A classic! One of the greatest movie endings EVER!, 30 March 2005
Author: lotus_chief from Brooklyn, NY

Classic Charles Bronson. I've only recently really started getting more into his older films; I'm fluent with the Death Wish series. The Mechanic is one of his best, if not one of THE best action/thriller films I've seen. Very cleverly done, particularly his methods of killing. I also like the term used to describe assassins; that's new to me. The movie had me intrigued throughout, with Bronson playing the part very well; very few people could look as wrong as Bronson. But it's the ending that makes the movie that much better, because it's totally unexpected. I want to 'spoil' it so bad but I won't....although other user reviews here may have already. I'll just say that you'll be completely amped afterwards, your jaw will drop to the floor at how cool and unexpected it is. One of the true classic action films; the rating on here should be higher.

***1/2 out of **** stars.

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