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Release Date:
19 October 1973 (UK) See more »
He stole from the Mob, now he's running for his life. See more »
A man, his wife, and their friend, stage a bloody bank robbery, unaware they are stealing money from the Mob. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Walter Matthau ... Charley Varrick

Joe Don Baker ... Molly

Felicia Farr ... Sybil Fort

Andrew Robinson ... Harman Sullivan (as Andy Robinson)

Sheree North ... Jewell Everett

Norman Fell ... Mr. Garfinkle

Benson Fong ... Honest John

Woodrow Parfrey ... Harold Young

William Schallert ... San Miguel Sheriff Bill Horton

Jacqueline Scott ... Nadine

Marjorie Bennett ... Mrs. Taft

Rudy Diaz ... Deputy Sanchez

Colby Chester ... Deputy Steele
Charlie Briggs ... Highway deputy
Priscilla Garcia ... Miss Ambar
Scott Hale ... Mr. Scott

Charles Matthau ... Boy

Hope Summers ... Mess Vesta

Monica Lewis ... Beverly

James Nolan ... Clerk (as Jim Nolan)

Tom Tully ... Tom

Albert Popwell ... Randolph Percy
Kathleen O'Malley ... Jessie
Christina Hart ... Jana

Craig R. Baxley ... Van Sickle (as Craig Baxley)
Al Dunlap ... Taxi Driver
Virginia Wing ... Chinese Hostess

Don Siegel ... Murphy (as Donald Siegel)

John Vernon ... Maynard Boyle
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert D. Carver ... Bartender (uncredited)
Joe Conforte ... Himself (uncredited)
Art Cribbs ... Doorman (uncredited)
Carol Daniels ... Indian (uncredited)
Thomas Dunbar ... Announcer (uncredited)
Richard R. Hogan ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Fred Little ... Doorman / Attendant (uncredited)
Holly Nutter ... Holly (uncredited)
Fred Scheiwiller ... Al Dutcher (uncredited)

Bob Steele ... Bank Guard (uncredited)
Carlos Velasquez ... TV News Reporter (uncredited)
Walt Wallace ... Flower Delivery Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Siegel 
Writing credits
John Reese (novel "The Looters")

Howard Rodman (screenplay) and
Dean Riesner (screenplay)

Produced by
Jennings Lang .... executive producer
Don Siegel .... producer
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
Cinematography by
Michael C. Butler (director of photography) (as Michael Butler)
Film Editing by
Frank Morriss 
Art Direction by
Fernando Carrere 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera 
Costume Design by
Helen Colvig 
Production Management
Richard McWhorter .... unit production manager
John Vernon .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph C. Cavalier .... first assistant director (as Joe Cavalier)
Ron Satlof .... second assistant director
Henry J. Lange Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert L. Hoyt .... sound (as Robert Hoyt)
John K. Kean .... sound
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
Dennis C. Salcedo .... optical sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Lawrence W. Butler .... special effects rigger (uncredited)
Whitey McMahon .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Paul Baxley .... stunt coordinator
Craig R. Baxley .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Carol Daniels .... stunt double: Indian girl (uncredited)
Dean Jeffries .... stunt double (uncredited)
Max Kleven .... stunt double (uncredited)
Maurice Marks .... stunts (uncredited)
George Robotham .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Stromsoe .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Summers .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Tallman .... flying stunt double: Walter Matthau (uncredited)
Guy Way .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Timothy E. Wade .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Other crew
Scott Hale .... dialogue coach
Hope McLachlin .... script supervisor
Frank Tallman .... flying sequences
Daniel Knapp .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Kill Charley Varrick" - Australia (theatrical title), Europe (English title)
"Charley Varrick: The Last of the Independents" - USA (poster title)
"Kill Charley Varrick" - Belgium (English title) (imdb display title)
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111 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | Germany:16 (2007) (re-rating) | Netherlands:18 | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating: 105m) (2008) | USA:PG | West Germany:18 (nf) (original rating)

Did You Know?

The piece that John Vernon plays on the piano is by J. S. Bach, but it's the D minor Invention, not from one of the English Suites.See more »
Continuity: When Charley enters Tom's Gun Shop, the bell at the entrance is of the type that is hung to the Head Frame (or Top Rail). But when he leaves, the bell is of the type that is hung to the door.See more »
Maynard Boyle:Why am I being denied access to my own premises?
Mr. Garfinkle:Well, it's a matter of priority. You see, first and foremost, this is a murder investigation.
Maynard Boyle:Well, my business is purely financial.
Mr. Garfinkle:Well, you're very lucky so far, Mr. Boyle. All we have found missing is about thirteen hundred dollars.
Maynard Boyle:Well, if you're a nice fella, nice things happen to you.
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Movie Connections:
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43 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Slick, understated and intelligent., 14 August 2003
Author: KEVMC from Rugby, UK.

Veteran small time crook Charley Varrick and his gang rob a small bank in the south west. Expecting modest takings, Charley is shocked to discover that the haul is $750,000. The catch is that the money belongs to the Mafia, who are soon on the trail of the robbers. Charley must devise a scheme to escape with his life, and hopefully the money as well.

This is a very pleasing piece of work all round. Directed with customery efficiency and style by Don Siegel, it twists and turns, always keeping you interested. Its helped by good casting. The ever watchable Walter Matthau effortlessly slips into the role of Varrick, Joe Don Baker is quite chilling as the ruthless hitman with impeccable manners and John Vernon extracts some sympathy as the Banker/Mafia man trying to smooth everything over. Add some pleasant locations and an intelligent script and the result is a very satisfying, if different '70s crime thriller.

As I watched this again last night on BBC1, I remembered that on its previous screening it was preceeded by an introduction by Mark Kermode. In it he commented on the fact that Matthau hated the film. After a second viewing I still can't imagine why.

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