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The Outfit (1973)

 -  Crime | Thriller | Drama  -  October 1973 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Jack Cody
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Kimmie Cherney
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Buck's Wife
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Frank Orlandi
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Madge Coyle
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Alma Macklin
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Doctor
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Rita Mailer
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Hit Man
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Carl (as Elisha Cook)
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Buck Cherney
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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>

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Revolte in der Unterwelt  »

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Trivia

Brian Garfield, 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 »

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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 »

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Referenced in Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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Rock of Ages
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Lyrics by Augustus M. Toplady
Music by Augustus M. Toplady and Thomas Hastings
heard in church scene
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Library of Congress craziness!
11 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this film at the Library of Congress as part of a 2 film Timothy Carey festival, you might say. Sometimes they get a little weird at the Library. Anyway, I thought the movie was very good. Some others have mentioned the similarity to Point Blank. I am surprised that no one has pointed out the likeness to Charley Varrick. Both stories revolve around the effects of unintentionally robbing a mob-controlled bank. Of course in Charley Varrick it's the mob trying to get it's money back. Also, Joe Don Baker - not quite the psycho he played in the other film, but when he punched out that receptionist he certainly reminded me of his Molly character. Both fine movies, I think. Got my doubts about Poor White Trash tonight, but. . .


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