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The Mechanic -- 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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Lewis John Carlino (screenplay)
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14 December 1972 (West Germany) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A must see for people who love "mechanics" See more (79 total) »


  (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)
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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100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | 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
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

First movie filmed in Hollywood for director Michael Winner. His previous picture he made with Charles Bronson, Chato's Land (1972), was filmed in Spain.See more »
Factual errors: (at around 1 min): When Bishop is photographing using a telescope, the image should be upside down.See more »
Steve McKenna:You do this for money?
Arthur Bishop:Money is paid, but that's not the motive. It has to do with standing outside of it all, on your own.
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Movie Connections:
References Perils of Nyoka (1942)See more »
Grosse Fugue Op.133See more »


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46 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
A must see for people who love "mechanics", 3 August 2004
Author: arthurclay from Italy

Another classic Bronson movie and not to be missed. This time Charles is Arthur Bishop, a merciless, unfeeling, uncaring and strictly by the book assassin who is the standard by which all other professional killers are measured. Meticulous to a fault and as calculatingly efficient as can be, Bishop systematically completes his missions and returns to his mansion each night. Soon after eliminating one of his old friends, he becomes attached to the dead man's young and impertinent son Steve (John Michael Vincent), which quickly progresses from friendship to business relationship. Bishop agrees to mentor Steve in the tricks of the trade as an "associate" and after working with him he is free to do as he pleases. However, Bishop quickly discovers that is apt pupil is more nefarious than he appears as Steve has already accepted a contract on Bishop's life. But what Arthur doesn't realize yet is "the organization" to which Bishop belongs now wants him eliminated and will stop at nothing to achieve this goal. Bishop has broken a rule in taking Steve under his wing without first getting approval of "The Man" and is therefore marked for death. This film is filled with action, intrigue, and of course suspense as you continue to wonder the whole time which "mechanic" is gonna get his car fixed first. The ending is quite unpredictable for a 70's Bronson movie but enjoyable to the last second. Also features a cameo by Bronson's late wife Jill Ireland. One of Charles Bronson's better accomplishments on the silver screen I sure was impressed.

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