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Robert Dillon (written by)
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Release Date:
8 July 1972 (Japan) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Offbeat to say the least, but definitely worth watching See more (59 total) »

Cast

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Lee Marvin ... Nick Devlin

Gene Hackman ... Mary Ann
Angel Tompkins ... Clarabelle

Gregory Walcott ... Weenie

Sissy Spacek ... Poppy
Janit Baldwin ... Violet
William Morey ... Shay
Clint Ellison ... Delaney
Howard Platt ... Shaughnessy
Les Lannom ... O'Brien
Eddie Egan ... Jake
Therese Reinsch ... Jake's Girl
Bob Wilson ... Reaper Driver
Gordon Signer ... Brockman
Gladys Watson ... Milk Lady
Hugh Gillin ... Desk Clerk (as Hugh Gillin Jr.)
E. Lund ... Mrs. O'Brien
David Savage ... Ox-Eye
Craig Chapman ... Farmer Bob
Jim Taksas ... Big Jim
Wayne Savagne ... Freckle Face
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jerry Tracey ... Orphan Sold at Auction (uncredited)
Judy Williams ... Orphan Sold at Auction (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Ritchie 
 
Writing credits
Robert Dillon (written by)

Produced by
Mickey Borofsky .... associate producer
Kenneth L. Evans .... executive producer
Joe Wizan .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
 
Cinematography by
Gene Polito (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Carl Pingitore 
 
Casting by
Hoyt Bowers 
 
Art Direction by
Bill Malley 
 
Set Decoration by
James W. Payne  (as James Payne)
 
Makeup Department
Salli Bailey .... hairstylist (as Salley Bailey)
Ken Chase .... makeup artist
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
David Salven .... unit production manager
Les Kimber .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Daves .... assistant director
Ronald R. Grow .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Alan Levine .... property master (as Allan Levine)
Terry E. Lewis .... assistant property master (as Terry Lewis)
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jack A. Finlay .... sound effects editor (as Jack Finlay)
Joel Moss .... dubbing mixer
Barry Thomas .... sound mixer
John Wilkinson .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Logan Frazee .... special effects
 
Stunts
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted White .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Clifford Hutchison .... gaffer (as Clifford C. Hutchison)
Charles J. Renaud .... key grip (as Charles Renaud)
Orlando Suero .... still photographer
Roger Shearman .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patricia Norris .... costumes
Ray Summers .... wardrobe: men
 
Editorial Department
Herb Steinore .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Ed Forsyth .... music supervisor (as Ed Forsythe)
 
Transportation Department
Roy Hollis .... transportation captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Charlsie Bryant .... script supervisor
Betty Gumm .... production assistant
Les Kimber .... location consultant
Don Record .... title designer
Dolores Harris .... secretary: Mr. Ritchie (uncredited)
Vivien Holt .... production secretary (uncredited)
Dennis Judd .... location manager (uncredited)
Elton MacPherson .... location auditor (uncredited)
Joe Thornton .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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88 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Australia:R | Australia:MA (2009) | Finland:K-18 | France:12 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2013) | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (original rating)
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The submachine gun used by Nick Devlin in the last part of the film is the now rare Smith & Wesson model 76, a near copy of the Swedish M/45. It was produced in very small numbers in the late 1960s, and was eventually discontinued due to lack of interest in such a weapon by military and law enforcement agencies. In US service it was largely known as the "Swedish-K" or "K-Rifle. It was used by US special service4s (like Navy SEALS and CIA operatives) during the Vietnam war.See more »
Quotes:
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 touch each other and dream how a man's hands would feel on us...
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References Bunny O'Hare (1971)See more »

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Offbeat to say the least, but definitely worth watching, 10 May 2008
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

"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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