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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:
Bronson doing what he does best 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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The closing scenes of this movie were shot in Italy, specifically Naples, Campania, Italy.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the end of the movie, when Steve takes the taxi to Arthur's house, you can see Steve's car and there is clearly no note attached to the rear view mirror. When Steve leaves Arthur's house and goes to his car there is a note on the rear view mirror. This should have been visible from the taxi.See more »
Quotes:
Arthur Bishop:You always have to be dead sure. Dead sure or dead.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Two-Faced Woman (1941)See more »

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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Bronson doing what he does best, 21 October 2002
Author: Mark Pizzey from Reading, England

The early seventies was a great period for Bronson. Having already reached fifty and a string of classics under his belt as a support player in the sixties, the seventies was his decade. His ice cool tough guy image and immaculate physique made up for his rugged leading man looks and put him more in line ahead of the Redfords and the Newman's for gritty urban thrillers. In Basic terms Bronson could play a ruthless good guy, he had played his fair share of Indians and Mexican Bandits, but never was he better cast than when he portrayed Arthur Bishop, professional hitman for the Mob, The Mechanic.

With great locations, exciting outbursts of action and a surprise twist, this is seventies action entertainment at it's best and it was the period where Director Michael Winner's collaboration with Bronson proved to be his best work to date. They went on to make another great urban crime thriller THE STONE KILLER and then DEATH WISH, Bronson's most famous movie.

It's a shame that both Bronson and Winner's films and reputations went down hill in the eighties but perhaps age went against the seventies icon, as for Winner he returned to Britain and went back to making dire comedies.

But the seventies saw Bronson in many roles that would categorise him as typecast but perhaps he knew his limitations and knew he was never gonna be a romantic lead. Although his late wife, Jill Ireland may have disagreed, she appeared alongside him several times over the space of twenties years, check out a movie entitled FROM NOON TIL THREE, a romantic western that people didn't want to see.

Audiences want to see Bronson as tough, cool, calculated and deadly that's why THE MECHANIC is the perfect vehicle for the screen legend.

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