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The Outfit (1973)

Earl Macklin robs a bank owned by the mob, serves his prison time and is released, only to start a private war against the crime outfit that owned the bank.

Director:

John Flynn

Writers:

Donald E. Westlake (novel) (as Richard Stark), John Flynn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Duvall ... Earl Macklin
Karen Black ... Bett Harrow
Joe Don Baker ... Jack Cody
Robert Ryan ... Mailer
Timothy Carey ... Jake Menner
Richard Jaeckel ... Kimmie Cherney
Sheree North ... Buck's Wife
Felice Orlandi ... Frank Orlandi
Marie Windsor ... Madge Coyle
Jane Greer ... Alma Macklin
Henry Jones ... Doctor
Joanna Cassidy ... Rita Mailer
Tom Reese ... Hit Man
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Carl (as Elisha Cook)
Bill McKinney ... Buck Cherney
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Storyline

When the small criminal Macklin is released from prison, he learns that his brother was shot by two mob killers. He didn't know that the bank he robbed was owned by the syndicate. When he's almost offed by a killer too, he pays the mobster Jake Menner a visit and demands reparation. His friend Cody helps him to gratify his thirst for revenge. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Nobody plays rougher than The Outfit...

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1974 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Robert Duvall shoots a gangster's hand during a poker game, has usually been censored when shown on TV. However, the scene can be found intact elsewhere on DVD. See more »

Goofs

At 38 minutes, there is bird mess over the windscreen of the car seen from inside the car when there is the pick up of the gun salesman . When the camera films from in front of the car at 38.51s, the bird muck mysteriously disappears. See more »

Quotes

Rita Mailer: Damn you. Why'd you have to kill him?
Earl Macklin: He owed me money.
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Soundtracks

Rock of Ages
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady (as Augustus M. Toplady)
Music by Thomas Hastings
heard in church scene
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Action packed, thrills, tension and outstanding acting by large cast
8 July 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Years later his imprisonment, ex-con (Robert Duvall)named Macklin is released from jail. He aware his brother has been justly murdered by two inquisitive hit men under orders of crime syndicate, but they robbed a bank was owned by the mobsters. The outsider ex-con reluctantly gets involved and seeks revenge and battles corrupts killers. Then, he visits to mobster Mailer(Robert Ryan), responsible for his brother's death. Macklin is only helped by a tough thief(Joe Don Baker )and his fiancée(Karen Black), thirsting for vengeance.

This is a tough , action filled, suspenseful, and violent thriller. It's a tense and engagingly movie , ignored in 1974, but now regarded as a top film of the decade of the 70s. Solid main cast, Robert Duval, Karen Black and Joe Don Baker; furthermore veteran supporting cast helps with several known secondaries, such as Elisha Cook, Timothy Carey, Marie Windsor, Shree North, Henry Jones, Jane Greer, among others . This well directed motion picture is based upon a novel by Donald E Westlake, writing credits as Richard Stark. Atmospheric cinematography by Bruce Surtees, son of Robert Surtees, and usual cameraman of Clint Eastwood. Stirring musical score by Jerry Fielding, Sam Peckinpah's habitual. Director John Flynn who gave magnificent performances to Tommy Lee Jones (Rolling Thunder), Jan Michael Vincent , James Woods (Bestseller), here gave immense credibility to Robert Duvall . Rating : Good, the result is a strong outing of action thriller.


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