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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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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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When he runs out of dumb luck, he always has genius to fall back on! 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 »

Company Credits

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 last film of veteran character actor Tom Tully. See more »

Goofs

When Charley preflights his bi-plane to fly to Reno, he removes the front wheel chocks but the rear wheel chock is still visible as he mounts the cockpit, after which he revs up and taxis to the runway. See more »

Quotes

Charley Varrick: We're gonna have to keep pretty quiet for a while.
Harman Sullivan: Is that so?
Charley Varrick: That's right. Best way to get nailed is to start tossing that stuff around.
Harman Sullivan: And what's your idea of a while?
Charley Varrick: Three years. Maybe four.
Harman Sullivan: Are you telling me that I can't spend none of this money for three, four years?
Charley Varrick: Right, right, that's what I'm telling you. And you better lay off that juice, too. That's another way to get nailed, me along with you.
Harman Sullivan: Any more instructions?
Charley Varrick: No.
Harman Sullivan: Nothing more you wanna hang onto me?
[...]
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Referenced in Paybacks Are a Bitch (2007) 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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Slick, understated and intelligent.
14 August 2003 | by KEVMCSee all my reviews

Veteran small time crook Charley Varrick and his gang rob a small bank in the south west. Expecting modest takings, Charley is shocked to discover that the haul is $750,000. The catch is that the money belongs to the Mafia, who are soon on the trail of the robbers. Charley must devise a scheme to escape with his life, and hopefully the money as well.

This is a very pleasing piece of work all round. Directed with customery efficiency and style by Don Siegel, it twists and turns, always keeping you interested. Its helped by good casting. The ever watchable Walter Matthau effortlessly slips into the role of Varrick, Joe Don Baker is quite chilling as the ruthless hitman with impeccable manners and John Vernon extracts some sympathy as the Banker/Mafia man trying to smooth everything over. Add some pleasant locations and an intelligent script and the result is a very satisfying, if different '70s crime thriller.

As I watched this again last night on BBC1, I remembered that on its previous screening it was preceeded by an introduction by Mark Kermode. In it he commented on the fact that Matthau hated the film. After a second viewing I still can't imagine why.


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