When the small criminal Macklin is released from prison, he learns that his brother was shot by two mob killers. He didn't know that the bank he robbed was owned by the syndicate. When he's almost offed by a killer too, he pays the mobster Jake Menner a visit and demands reparation. His friend Cody helps him to gratify his thirst for revenge. Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
Nobody plays rougher than The Outfit...
Did You Know?
, in an intro to a reprint of the novel this film is based on, notes that it was originally written by director John Flynn
as a period piece, intending to be set in the postwar 1940s. That's why such "film noir" veterans such as Elisha Cook Jr.
, Richard Jaeckel
, Marie Windsor
and Jane Greer
appear in it. The studio, however, decided it would be too expensive to shoot a period picture, so the script was superficially updated, the World War II vets became Vietnam vets, and actors like Robert Ryan
, Karen Black
and Sheree North
joined the cast. The result was that the story was restored to its original conception (the series this book was based on was written and set in the then contemporary 1960s and 1970s). Had the period piece idea gone through, this would have represented a rare case of backdating a character. See more
A killer fires a revolver with a silencer on the barrel. The gun would still make a loud sound due to the gap between the cylinder and the barrel. See more
Referenced in Pulp Fiction
Rock of Ages
Lyrics by Augustus M. Toplady
Music by Augustus M. Toplady and Thomas Hastings
heard in church scene See more