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Charley Varrick (1973)

A man, his wife, and their friend, stage a bloody bank robbery, unaware they are stealing money from the Mob.

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Cast

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Harman Sullivan (as Andy Robinson)
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Honest John
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Harold Young
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San Miguel Sheriff Bill Horton
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Mrs. Taft
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Deputy Sanchez
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Deputy Steele
Charlie Briggs ...
Highway deputy
Priscilla Garcia ...
Miss Ambar
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Storyline

Charley Varrick and his friends rob a small town bank. Expecting a small sum to divide amongst themselves, they are surprised to discover a very LARGE amount of money. Quickly figuring out that the money belongs to the MOB, they must now come up with a plan to throw the MOB off their trail. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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He stole from the Mob, now he's running for his life. See more »


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19 October 1973 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Charley Varrick: The Last of the Independents  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One character tells another it's unlikely they will be mistaken for Clint Eastwood - the star of four of Don Siegel's previous films See more »

Goofs

When the first deputy is shot in the forehead beside the car during the robbery, his hat is cocked back on his head, the head band along his hairline. When the sheriff examines the body later, he puts the hat over the deputy's face - where a bullet hole is in plain view several inches above the brim of the hat. Simply no way for this to happen. See more »

Quotes

Jana: [Molly arrives at the whore house] These are the goodies. He says his name is Sally
Molly: Molly.
Jana: [the prostitues laugh] Sally, Molly, if you got a bell, honey, we'll find a way to ring it.
Molly: I didn't travel six hundred miles for the amusement of morons. Is that clear, ladies?
Taxi driver: Now just a darn minute there.
Molly: You just keep throwing your feathers, mister, before I put you in the hospital.
Taxi driver: Yes, sir.
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Connections

Edited into You're Still Not Fooling Anybody (1997) See more »

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You Can Make a Memory Out of Me
Written by Lalo Schifrin and Paul Vance
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I`m Sure Quentin Tarantino Has Seen This
13 August 2003 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Did someone say this was written for Clint Eastwood in the title role rather than Walter Matthau ? This would explain how Charley has a couple of sidekicks half his age and how he has a distasteful scene of going to bed with someone young enough to be his daughter . Hey wait a minute if Eastwood had been cast would they have left in that line about " I figured you weren`t Clint Eastwood " ? As for the rest of the cast Joe Don Baker is memorable as a really evil hitman , John Vernon plays the most laid back mobster I think I`ve ever seen in a movie while Andrew Robinson is slightly disappointing after his show stopping appearence in DIRTY HARRY but it`s amazing to think his only notable role after this movie is in HELLRAISER some fourteen years later

CHARLEY VARRICK is a very clever and totally amoral thriller . It`s the sort of film Quentin Tarantino wants to make but he doesn`t have the economy of skill to do so , and I couldn`t help noticing there`s a line of dialogue about " A blow torch and a pair of pliers " that seems to have been reused in PULP FICTION


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