A vicious Kansas City slaughterhouse owner and his hick family are having a bloody "beef" with the Chicago crime syndicate over profits from their joint illegal operations. Top enforcer Nick Devlin is sent to straighten things out.

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Mary Ann
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Clarabelle
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Weenie
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Poppy
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Violet
William Morey ...
Shay
Clint Ellison ...
Delaney
Howard Platt ...
Shaughnessy
Les Lannom ...
O'Brien
Eddie Egan ...
Jake
Therese Reinsch ...
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Bob Wilson ...
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Gordon Signer ...
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Gladys Watson ...
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A Chicago mob enforcer is sent to Kansas City to settle a debt with a cattle rancher who not only grinds his enemies into sausage, but sells women as sex slaves. Written by Brian J. Wright <bjwright@acs.ucalgary.ca>

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Any way they slice it, it's going to be murder.


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All of the "orphan girls" are named after flowers. See more »

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When Nick enters the cornfield there's a spot on the back of his jacket. Next scene the strap on the pouch is covering it. See more »

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Poppy: I never knew a man before; not even to talk to.
Nick Devlin: Well where did they keep you?
Poppy: In the orphanage with the other girls.
Nick Devlin: And where was that?
Poppy: It was in Missouri. It's the only home I really remember. It was in the country.
Nick Devlin: Then you have nobody?
Poppy: Just Violet.
Nick Devlin: Who?
Poppy: Violet, the other girl that was with me. She's my sister... well, not truly but we're closer than that. Violet and me we'd climb into each other's bed when it was really cold in the winter time and hug each other really close. Sometimes we'd...
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Offbeat to say the least, but definitely worth watching
10 May 2008 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"Prime Cut" is a film which, despite the fact I ended up enjoying it, was completely unlike I expected it to be. I rented it thinking it would be another brutal Lee Marvin gangster flick along the lines of the masterpiece "Point Blank". Instead, its a quirky and bizarre little pseudo-existentialist flick that would only come from a major studio in the 1970s. The film is far from perfect (theres times when its just a bit too offbeat), but overall its a very satisfying little film. Its low key and subtle, and I have a feeling it'll improve upon repeat viewings. The plot is very lurid (a mob enforcer goes to Kansas to deal with a cattle rancher who grinds his enemies into sausages and sells drugged-up sex slaves), but the film itself isn't too sleazy.

What makes this film worth watching, even more than the unique nature of the script, is the phenomenal acting. Lee Marvin is always a charismatic and compulsively watchable screen presence. I'd go so far as to say hes the greatest screen "tough guy" of them all. Here, hes nothing less than mesmerizing. Gene Hackman proves once again hes very good when playing larger-than-life villains. He wouldn't get such a meaty bad guy role until "Unforgiven" twenty years later. Sissy Spacek does what she can with a likable if underwritten role. She never looked cuter in a film than she does here. Plus, cult film buffs will get a kick out of seeing Gregory Walcott, fondly remembered as the hero in the schlock classic "Plan 9 From Outer Space". The direction by Michael Ritchie keeps everything moving at a quick pace, and manages to make many bizarre scenes quite tense and exciting. "Prime Cut" isn't a masterpiece, but its an overlooked and interesting film thats worth watching for fans of 70s movies. (7/10)


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