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Prime Cut (1972)

A vicious Kansas City slaughterhouse owner and his hick family are having a bloody "beef" with the Chicago crime syndicate over profits from their joint illegal operations. Top enforcer Nick Devlin is sent to straighten things out.

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Michael Ritchie

Writer:

Robert Dillon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Marvin ... Nick Devlin
Gene Hackman ... Mary Ann
Angel Tompkins ... Clarabelle
Gregory Walcott ... Weenie
Sissy Spacek ... Poppy
Janit Baldwin ... Violet
William Morey William Morey ... Shay
Clint Ellison Clint Ellison ... Delaney
Howard Platt ... Shaughnessy
Les Lannom ... O'Brien
Eddie Egan ... Jake
Therese Reinsch ... Jake's Girl
Bob Wilson Bob Wilson ... Reaper Driver
Gordon Signer Gordon Signer ... Brockman
Gladys Watson Gladys Watson ... Milk Lady
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A Chicago mob enforcer is sent to Kansas City to settle a debt with a cattle rancher who not only grinds his enemies into sausage, but sells women as sex slaves. Written by Brian J. Wright <bjwright@acs.ucalgary.ca>

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Any way they slice it, it's going to be murder.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 1972 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Kansas City Prime See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The hinted gay relationship between the two brothers was considered groundbreaking at the time. See more »

Goofs

When Nick enters the cornfield there's a spot on the back of his jacket. Next scene the strap on the pouch is covering it. See more »

Quotes

Poppy: I never knew a man before; not even to talk to.
Nick Devlin: Well where did they keep you?
Poppy: In the orphanage with the other girls.
Nick Devlin: And where was that?
Poppy: It was in Missouri. It's the only home I really remember. It was in the country.
Nick Devlin: Then you have nobody?
Poppy: Just Violet.
Nick Devlin: Who?
Poppy: Violet, the other girl that was with me. She's my sister... well, not truly but we're closer than that. Violet and me we'd climb into each other's bed when it was really cold in the winter time and hug each other really close. Sometimes we'd...
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Crazy Credits

In all of the marketing media, Lee Marvin and Gene Hackman were both billed above the title. However, in the opening credits, only Marvin is. See more »

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References Honky (1971) See more »

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No Holds-barred Gangster flick
8 December 2003 | by BlagmeisterFTCSee all my reviews

Classic period hoodlum flick. Lee Marvin at his laconic best with minimal amounts of dialogue from him, and that which is there is monosyllabic. But it is the action that speaks for itself in this film. Admittedly disjointed in plot, the content nonetheless is indicative of the stereotype of the "good ole boy" hoodlum fraternity, and in this respect it does not disappoint. The plot is simplistic, if a little over-produced in places, but the feeling of menace from the key characters never lets up. Marvin is magnificently understated, and the overall effect of this film [if you are into the genre] leaves you satiated. Some excellent performances, particularly from Marvin and surprisingly from Gregory Walcott [Pope in the Eiger Sanction]. Its a good, understated Mob flick for those who enjoy the genre. Those who don't will find it slow, cumbersome and at times self-indulgent, but then that is what makes us all different.....


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