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The Outfit (1973)

PG  |   |  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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Mailer
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Jake Menner
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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)
Bill McKinney ...
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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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 »

Quotes

Buck's Wife: [alone with Jack Cody, who's sitting on the porch of the 'hideout', while she's dressed in nothing but a see-through bathrobe] Wanna come on inside 'n have a drink?
Jack Cody: No, thank you.
Buck's Wife: You sure? We got time...
Jack Cody: No, thank you MA'AM.
Buck's Wife: ...You got a problem?
Jack Cody: [smirking] Lady, after a while... a fella learns things... Some women are trouble.
Buck's Wife: ...Suit yourself.
[Goes into the house. Pissed]
Jack Cody: ...I'll always do...
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Written by Steve Gillette and Jeremy Joe Kronsberg
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Action packed, thrills, tension and outstanding acting by large cast
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Years later his imprisonment, ex-con (Robert Duvall)named Macklin is released from jail. He aware his brother has been justly murdered by two inquisitive hit men under orders of crime syndicate, but they robbed a bank was owned by the mobsters. The outsider ex-con reluctantly gets involved and seeks revenge and battles corrupts killers. Then, he visits to mobster Mailer(Robert Ryan), responsible for his brother's death. Macklin is only helped by a tough thief(Joe Don Baker )and his fiancée(Karen Black), thirsting for vengeance.

This is a tough , action filled, suspenseful, and violent thriller. It's a tense and engagingly movie , ignored in 1974, but now regarded as a top film of the decade of the 70s. Solid main cast, Robert Duval, Karen Black and Joe Don Baker; furthermore veteran supporting cast helps with several known secondaries, such as Elisha Cook, Timothy Carey, Marie Windsor, Shree North, Henry Jones, Jane Greer, among others . This well directed motion picture is based upon a novel by Donald E Westlake, writing credits as Richard Stark. Atmospheric cinematography by Bruce Surtees, son of Robert Surtees, and usual cameraman of Clint Eastwood. Stirring musical score by Jerry Fielding, Sam Peckinpah's habitual. Director John Flynn who gave magnificent performances to Tommy Lee Jones (Rolling Thunder), Jan Michael Vincent , James Woods (Bestseller), here gave immense credibility to Robert Duvall . Rating : Good, the result is a strong outing of action thriller.


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