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Charley Varrick (1973)

A man, his wife, and their friend, stage a bloody bank robbery, unaware they are stealing money from the Mob.

Director:

Don Siegel

Writers:

John Reese (novel), Howard Rodman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Matthau ... Charley Varrick
Joe Don Baker ... Molly
Felicia Farr ... Sybil Fort
Andrew Robinson ... Harman Sullivan (as Andy Robinson)
Sheree North ... Jewell Everett
Norman Fell ... Mr. Garfinkle
Benson Fong ... Honest John
Woodrow Parfrey ... Harold Young
William Schallert ... San Miguel Sheriff Bill Horton
Jacqueline Scott ... Nadine
Marjorie Bennett ... Mrs. Taft
Rudy Diaz ... Deputy Sanchez
Colby Chester ... Deputy Steele
Charlie Briggs Charlie Briggs ... Highway deputy
Priscilla Garcia Priscilla Garcia ... Miss Ambar
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Storyline

Charley Varrick and his friends rob a small town bank. Expecting a small sum to divide amongst themselves, they are surprised to discover a very LARGE amount of money. Quickly figuring out that the money belongs to the MOB, they must now come up with a plan to throw the MOB off their trail. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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When he runs out of dumb luck, he always has genius to fall back on! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last of the Independents See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Walter Matthau's character makes love repeatedly to Felicia Farr's character. She was the wife of his longtime comedic partner, Jack Lemmon. See more »

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In the getaway chase after the bank robbery, you can hear the tires screeching even though it is on a dirt road. See more »

Quotes

Maynard Boyle: You know something, Harold? I never thought I'd be willing to change places with a cow.
Harold Young: A cow?
Maynard Boyle: Those things out there. They are cows, aren't they?
Harold Young: I don't understand the thrust of your comment.
Maynard Boyle: Take a look at them out there. I mean, they got it knocked. What's the worst thing in the world that could possibly happen to them? A short circuit in the electric milker. Compared to what I'm facing, that's child's play.
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A Local's Perspective
18 March 2005 | by bra356See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite movies. Besides being one of the least hokey and contrived efforts from Don Siegel, it was filmed in and around Reno, NV, in the same year I moved here as a college freshman. Practically every scene evokes an "Hey, I know where that is!" response. I knew someone who lived in that high-rise apartment building, home of Miss Fort. I've eaten in that Chinese restaurant (in the film it was the "Imperial"; later is was called "House of Lung Fung". No kidding.) I've been in that downtown bank where Boyle had his office. The TV news anchor was (and still is!) the local ABC affiliate anchor, Tad Dunbar, thirty years later. Joe Conforte appears as himself at the Mustang Ranch (need I explain?) There are SO many great lines from this movie, but my favorite is from the store clerk selling Charley the dynamite, blasting caps, etc. (over the counter, uh huh, and the whole shebang only tabbed out at like $9! Those were the days, huh?) As Charley is walking out the clerk asks "May I ask what that's for?" Charlie: "You certainly may," and keeps right on walking.

Brian Reno, NV


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