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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:
Cult Movies 15 See more (77 total) »

Cast

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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: 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:
[last lines]
Arthur Bishop:[voiceover as Steve reads note] Steve, if you read this, it means I didn't make it back. It also means you've broken a filament controlling a 13-second delay trigger. End of game. Bang! You're dead.
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References King Kong (1933)See more »

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18 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Cult Movies 15, 4 January 1999
Author: Carlos Xavier from Australia

15. THE MECHANIC (action, 1972) Arthur Bishop (Charles Bronson) is the mechanic, a hit man hired by the Organization as an assassin. Bishop's contact to the Organization is Harry, a long time confidant of his late father. Bishop is meticulous in his work. He is without feelings or remorse, the consummate professional. Bishop's next target is Harry. He carries the job through without hesitation. Harry's son Steve (Jan-Michael Vincent) lives the life of a dilettante playboy. He suspects Bishop's involvement in his father's death, and tries to find out what his ties to the Organization truly are.

Critique: As far as spy and espionage films go 'The Mechanic' is one of the best. Not only for those Charles Bronson aficionados (like myself), but for lovers of well-made action films. Michael Winner's clever direction adds a sparkle to the genre. He sets up interesting insights into an assassin's mode of work.

A cut above Death Wish (1974- Bronson's best known film), in both content and script, Bronson's performance is the epitome of cool. He's perfect at playing a character that has been totally detached from the outside world, and a man trapped in a world he can only have created. In the same way that Steve McQueen used his laconic presence to great effect, Winner makes full use of Bronson's craggy features.

QUOTE: Bishop: "Murder is killing without a license. Everybody kills."

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