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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 Lindsay Crosby ... Policeman (as Lindsay H. Crosby)
Steve Cory Steve Cory ... Messenger
Tak Kubota Tak Kubota ... Yamoto (as Takayuki Kubota)
Patrick O'Moore 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>

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Taglines:

Clean, Fast, Professional. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1972 (West Germany) 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)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,000, 31 December 1972
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Bronson insisted with the producers that his wife Jill Ireland was hired to play the prostitute, if not he quit the film. Producers later said that even if Bronson has asked for the Queen of England, they would have accepted. See more »

Goofs

When Steve pulls up to bishops house he pulls the car into spot facing in then in Italy bishop is killed when Steve pulls up in taxi at bishops house the car is now facing out who moved it. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Bishop: Murder is only killing without a license.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

String Quartet Op.18 No.6 (2nd Movement)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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A must see for people who love "mechanics"
3 August 2004 | by arthurclaySee all my reviews

Another classic Bronson movie and not to be missed. This time Charles is Arthur Bishop, a merciless, unfeeling, uncaring and strictly by the book assassin who is the standard by which all other professional killers are measured. Meticulous to a fault and as calculatingly efficient as can be, Bishop systematically completes his missions and returns to his mansion each night. Soon after eliminating one of his old friends, he becomes attached to the dead man's young and impertinent son Steve (John Michael Vincent), which quickly progresses from friendship to business relationship. Bishop agrees to mentor Steve in the tricks of the trade as an "associate" and after working with him he is free to do as he pleases. However, Bishop quickly discovers that is apt pupil is more nefarious than he appears as Steve has already accepted a contract on Bishop's life. But what Arthur doesn't realize yet is "the organization" to which Bishop belongs now wants him eliminated and will stop at nothing to achieve this goal. Bishop has broken a rule in taking Steve under his wing without first getting approval of "The Man" and is therefore marked for death. This film is filled with action, intrigue, and of course suspense as you continue to wonder the whole time which "mechanic" is gonna get his car fixed first. The ending is quite unpredictable for a 70's Bronson movie but enjoyable to the last second. Also features a cameo by Bronson's late wife Jill Ireland. One of Charles Bronson's better accomplishments on the silver screen I sure was impressed.


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