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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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KILL Charley Varrick! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last of the Independents See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The crop duster that Varrick (Walter Matthau) attempts to escape in at the end of the movie was destroyed in Oakdale, California on 31 December 1976 during a crop dusting operation. Upon starting a swath run the pilot of the BOEING A75N1 failed to see and avoid wires and crashed. The 33 year old pilot was killed. See more »

Goofs

Halan is killed in trailer by supposed "professional" hit man "Molly," but would a professional hit man be careless enough to leave his fingerprints on the outside door handle as he exits the trailer? Used his bare hands, but never wiped off his prints. See more »

Quotes

Molly: [Molly beats Harmon] Sooner or later, you're gonna tell me everything you know. So why not save yourself a great deal of pain, tell me now.
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Connections

References North by Northwest (1959) See more »

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You Can Make a Memory Out of Me
Written by Lalo Schifrin and Paul Vance
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Matthau Makes The Modern-Day Noir Work
27 April 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was a pleasant surprise; better than I thought it would be, although I shouldn't have been surprised since Walter Matthau usually plays interesting roles.

What I appreciated was the realism of the story, except for two things at the end of the film such as no one coming to investigate a loud chase scenes and firebombing? Overall, the ending, however, was a very satisfying one, and one that brings you back for future viewings. Matthau also makes the film realistic, as he typecast perfectly for this role.

Other than Matthau, the cast isn't a big-name one but a lot of familiar faces and names from movies in the '60s and very early 70s such as John Vernon, Sheree North, Joe Don Baker and Felicia Farr.

Andy Robinson, is a not a known name in movies because he did years of television, but viewers might remember him as the creepy "Scorpio Killer" in the first "Dirty Harry" film.

"Charlie Varrick" is considered a film noir even though it's 1973 and in color, but it's noir in story and that's good enough for me. This is definitely worth a look if you like crime films.


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