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Charley Varrick (1973)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  1973 (UK)
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A man, his wife, and their friend, stage a bloody bank robbery, unaware they are stealing money from the Mob.

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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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When he runs out of dumb luck he always has genius to fall back on! See more »


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Charley Varrick: The Last of the Independents  »

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Trivia

A yellow Lincoln Continental sedan is used during a major plot in the film, during the bank heist. This particular scene is similar in Telefon (1977), where a yellow Lincoln Continental is used during the attempted bombing of the Hyatt Regency in Houston, Texas (actually San Francisco, California, where the film took place). See more »

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When Varrick steals Nadine's dentist file, he has very long sideburns. In the rest of the film his sideburns are quite short. See more »

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Charley Varrick: Mafia money. All I wanted was a small take, in and out quick, no big deal.
Harman Sullivan: Well, don't you worry, Charley, cause if you don't want your share, I'll be more than happy to take it over for you.
Charley Varrick: I'm sure you would, Harmon.
Harman Sullivan: Well, what do you want to do, give it back?
Charley Varrick: I've been thinking about it.
Harman Sullivan: Charley Varrick. Well, I got some news for you, Charley. You haven't got the balls of a bull canary bird. And something else, I ain't giving back penny number one!
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Matthau's fine performance
7 January 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Matthau's fine performance and Siegel's assured direction makes this a must for all lovers of 1970s action movies. Having passed this over before, I found Charlie Varrick to be an exhilarating watch containing beautiful landscapes and a stunning finale.

I highly recommend this film and the section on it written by Siegel in his own autobiography. Criticisms that this is a confusing and slow-paced adventure are unfounded as many of the loose ends come together almost perfectly in a well thought through chain of events.

Definitely worth a look when it next comes on TV, but probably even better at the cinema.


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