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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

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1974 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Quadrilha See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Marie Windsor and Elisha Cook, Jr. appeared in The Killing (1956) and Salem's Lot (1979). See more »

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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

Buck's Wife: [alone with Jack Cody, who's sitting on the porch of the 'hideout', while she's dressed in nothing but a see-through bathrobe] Wanna come on inside 'n have a drink?
Jack Cody: No, thank you.
Buck's Wife: You sure? We got time...
Jack Cody: No, thank you MA'AM.
Buck's Wife: ...You got a problem?
Jack Cody: [smirking] Lady, after a while... a fella learns things... Some women are trouble.
Buck's Wife: ...Suit yourself.
[Goes into the house. Pissed]
Jack Cody: ...I'll always do...
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References The Killers (1946) See more »

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Written by Steve Gillette and Jeremy Joe Kronsberg
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Tidy crime thriller with good characterizations
19 July 2007 | by raegan_butcherSee all my reviews

A nicely drawn revenge piece starring Robert Duvall and Joe Don Baker. The script is by the renowned Donald E. Westlake adapting one of his own "Richard Stark" novels. If you've ever read a Richard Stark novel featuring the character "Parker" then The Outfit, even though i do not think its an actual "Parker" story will seem familiar: Cool Professional thief gets the shaft from old associates and then sets about rectifying the problem. The books are intriguing for being very consistent: Westlake's protagonists aren't kill crazy revenge machines; they always want the money owed to them and in todays world of millions, billions and more, their demands often seem very reasonable; here Robert Duvall demands only $250,000. But schmucks and wise-guys are always trying to play it cheap in these novels and the films that they often become, leading to much enjoyable mayhem.

I'm also of the opinion that John Flynn had an effective no-frills directorial style. This film, along with Rolling Thunder and Best Seller, showcases his quiet formalism and knack for using simple set-ups and long takes to achieve a realistic, down to earth grit and everyday realism that works well for sleazy crime thrillers and revenge melodramas. I suppose now that he has recently passed away, his critical standing will only improve. Cheers to him. RIP John Flynn


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