Malone (1987)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  1 May 1987 (USA)
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Ex-CIA hit-man running from his past (Malone) finds just how difficult it is to retire when he runs accross a small town controlled by mercenaries and a family that's resisting their ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jo Barlow
Paul Barlow
Calvin Bollard
Dan Bollard
Brooks Gardner ...
Mike Kirton ...
Malone's Target
Janne Mortil ...
Campbell Lane ...
Tom Riggs


Ex-CIA hit-man running from his past (Malone) finds just how difficult it is to retire when he runs accross a small town controlled by mercenaries and a family that's resisting their control. Written by K. Rose <>

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Ex-Cop. Ex-CIA. Ex-PLOSIVE! See more »


Action | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

1 May 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Detective Malone  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)


$3,060,858 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the closing credits, we see Malone holding his CIA identification card as it slowly burns . The signature on the card reads "Alfred E . Newman", who is Mad Magazine's goofy mascot. See more »


[first lines]
Jamie: I think it's time for you to get some help.
Richard Malone: Why?
Jamie: Because you can't do your job anymore.
Richard Malone: Because I let that man live?
Jamie: That man is the worst bastard that...
Richard Malone: [interupting] I don't care! I've had enough! I want out.
Jamie: What am I supposed to tell our superiors at the company?
Richard Malone: Tell them good bye.
Jamie: You know too much. One of the first things you tought me is that nobody just walks away from the CIA.
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1961...not too early!
12 August 2002 | by ( middlesbrough, england) – See all my reviews

BURT REYNOLDS has made some bad movies. He is a god, but nonetheless, has made bad movies. MALONE (1987) is not one these. It is a update of the old 'SHANE' genre, that continues to enthrall audiences today. The plot being; Gunslinger hangs up guns, moves to new town, finds that he can't hang up guns....and kills every bad guy in shooting or fighting distance. Simple> Well this movie, allbeit formula, does have some memorable moments. The stunt work, is first-rate, and everyone does give sterling performances.

But the one scene that sticks in my mind, is were MALONE is talking to his new-found friend (and landlord) SCOTT (THE NINTH CONFIGURATION) WILSON. They ramble on about the 'good-old' days, and WILSON talks about his experience in 'NAM' (TM). He then asks REYNOLDS, when did he fight in vietnam. REYNOLDS answers....1961. A bemused WILSON questions REYNOLDS "wasn't that a little early?"

"Not for what i was there to do!" Replies REYNOLDS, in probably one of the most macho/tough-guy/shadowy past comebacks ever.

People complain that REYNOLDS made bad movies in the eighties. I think it was his best decade (STICK/SHARKEYS MACHINE/HEAT and RENT-A-COP), i mean, come least if loads of people hated these movies, it at least means that loads of people actually saw THESE movies. Just who, saw 1997's abysmal RAVEN?, but even i enjoyed it. If anyone is wanting to watch a good simple action tale (like the way they used to make em') ..then MALONE may be the movie for you

8 out of 10

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