When the small criminal Macklin is released from prison, he learns that shortly before his brother was shot by two killers. They didn't know that the bank they robbed was owned by the syndicate. When he's almost offed by a killer too, he pays the mobster Jack Manner 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
"Your Guess Is Just As Good As Mine"
Written by Steve Gillette and Jeremy Joe Kronsberg See more