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The Mechanic (1972)

An aging hitman befriends a young man who wants to be a professional killer. Eventually it becomes clear that someone has betrayed them.

Director:

Michael Winner

Writers:

Lewis John Carlino (screenplay), Lewis John Carlino (story)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Arthur Bishop
Jan-Michael Vincent ... Steve McKenna
Keenan Wynn ... Harry McKenna
Jill Ireland ... The Girl
Linda Ridgeway Linda Ridgeway ... Louise, Steve McKenna's Girlfriend
Frank DeKova ... The Man (as Frank De Kova)
James Davidson ... Intern
Lindsay Crosby ... Policeman (as Lindsay H. Crosby)
Steve Cory Steve Cory ... Messenger
Tak Kubota Tak Kubota ... Yamoto (as Takayuki Kubota)
Patrick O'Moore ... Old Man
Martin Gordon Martin Gordon ... American Tourist
Celeste Yarnall ... The Mark's Girl
Athena Lorde Athena Lorde ... Old Woman
Alison Rose Alison Rose ... Young Girl
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Storyline

A professional hit man is planning to retire, always a difficult move for one in such a profession. A young apprentice appears to be eager to learn all the skills of the trade - but is that all he wants? Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He has 100 ways to kill... and they all work! See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1972 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Killer of Killers See more »

Filming Locations:

Amalfi, Campania, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Dreyfuss was previously designed to play the role which eventually came to Jan Michael Vincent. Dreyfuss was disliked by Bronson who also hated Vincent because he sneezed all the time. But Vincent finally stayed. See more »

Goofs

The Fiat car used by the Mechanic in the case in Naples area is blown up. However the car is used again a few minutes later. Not only is the registration plate the same, it still has only one brake light working. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Bishop: Murder is only killing without a license.
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Alternate Versions

The 1988 UK Warner video release was cut by 7 secs by the BBFC to remove closeup shots of a lock picking. The cuts were restored in the 2004 MGM DVD. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.79 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Grosse Fugue Op.133
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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* * * 1/2 OUT OF FIVE
26 October 2003 | by bronsonskull72See all my reviews

Effective thriller stars Bronson as Arthur Bishop who teaches a younger assassin named Steve McKenna (Jan-Michael Vincent) the tricks of the trade. The Mechanic emerges at break-neck pace but once it gets started it becomes an engrossingly savage thriller. Also watch for the twist ending.


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