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
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Bishop's painting that features significantly is "The Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymus Bosch. The original is in the Museo del Prado in Madrid. See more »
As Bishop browses through the secret dossier on himself that he finds in Steve's desk, one of the papers shows his (Bishop's) age to be 44. But it is very obvious that Bishop is considerably older; in fact, Charles Bronson was 50 or 51 when this movie was made. See more »
[When Arthur is explaining to Steve about the rules in the martial art scene]
They won't hit each other or one of them would dead and that's against the law.
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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 »
The best Bronson film ever and also one of the 70's best
They sure don't make them like this anymore: smart, realistic, tough and fascinating. Charles Bronson is in top form here, he plays a hit man with creative and untraceable way methods of killing, he is like a "death doctor" and when he "fix something, it never works again". But things aren't so good for him lately, he suffers from anxiety and collapses in one memorable scene. He then decides to take under his wing the young Steve Mackenna (Jan Michael Vincent in one of his better roles) and teach his the skills of the trade. Director Michael Winner put together a piece of classic cinema with everything seems to work perfectly. The cinematography is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen, especially the final scenes located in Italy. It's a shame that this film is almost unknown to the young generation and is way underrated here. The twisted ending certainly lifts up the already high level of the film. Highly recommended 10/10.
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