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Mitchell (1975)

A sleazy, incompetent detective tries to simultaneously take down heroin dealers and a corrupt businessman who murdered a burglar.


Andrew V. McLaglen

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Don Baker ... Mitchell
Martin Balsam ... James Arthur Cummings
John Saxon ... Walter Deaney
Linda Evans ... Greta
Merlin Olsen ... Benton
Morgan Paull ... Salvatore Mistretta
Harold J. Stone ... Tony Gallano
Robert Phillips ... Chief Albert Pallin
Buck Young ... Det. Aldridge
Rayford Barnes Rayford Barnes ... Det. Tyzack
Todd Bass Todd Bass ... Child
Jerry Hardin ... Desk Sergeant
Lilyan McBride Lilyan McBride ... Rich Lady (as Lilyan MacBride)
Rob Narke Rob Narke ... Customs Officer (as Robin Narke)
Sidney Clute ... Rudy Moran


Joe Don Baker is Mitchell, a hard-nosed, big-bellied cop with an affinity for porn and Schlitz. His latest assignment; engaging in no-speed car chases, yelling at children, shooting at innocents and sloppily harassing Linda Evans. Written by <jigen@yahoo.com>

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Murder...Cops...and Corruption See more »


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Release Date:

10 September 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Byens staeste purk See more »

Filming Locations:

Calabasas, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


One trademark of Joe Don Baker's; oranges - particularly peeling them. In Mitchell (1975), he hands (or more correctly, drops into) the butler (Merlin Olsen's) hand, a peeled-in-one-part orange peel, and in Final Justice (1985), he 'threatens' a bartender by describing, and demonstrating his ability at peeling 'just the peel' (again, in a single piece), of an orange (implying hell so the same thing to him). See more »


The main rotor of the police helicopter is turning much slower in the close ups than in the long shots; revealing that the close ups were shot on the ground or on a sound stage (the sound of the rotors is steady throughout the scene). See more »


Mitchell: Mr. Cummings! Mitchell, police department?
Cummings: Permit's not due till January, son.
Mitchell: Uh, Mr. Cummings!
Cummings: Make an appointment son, or have your chief give me a ring!
Mitchell: Mr. Cummins!
Benton: No salesmen at this entrance.
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Alternate Versions

The most often seen version of this movie is the version as featured on _"Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988)"_ in 1993. This version was derived from a 1980s Lorimar TV print, which was then edited further by the MST3k producers (so they could wrap the host segments of the show around it). Because of this, several fairly important plot details in the original film are lost (making it seem more confusing than it actually is). See more »


Written by Larry Brown, Jerry Styner & Steve Hoffman
Performed by Hoyt Axton
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Sometimes, Crap Can Be Amusing.
22 July 2000 | by GuyCCSee all my reviews

Mitchell the cop is a slobby, beer guzzling, mass eating, uncharismatic cop who taunts children by stooping to their level, sleeps with his prostitute girlfriend (Linda Evans? Why?) and busts her when done (Community service, I guess?), and somehow, in God's mercy I suppose, nabs the bad guy at the end of the film. What a hero. What a guy.

Take all that, add a lame, one-dimensional bad guy and equally as weak supporting characters, a bland "been there too many times, even for the '70's" plot, and an unforgettable theme song "My, my, my, my Mitchell", and you have this movie. Joe Don Baker's cinematic opus.

Yet this film makes me laugh every time. Simply put: This movie is a hoot.

Then again, I could never watch this film without the "Mystery Science Theater 3000" treatment. Even I don't have that much self-loathing. I could see why Joel would jump ship after this one. It's a completely ridiculous film, but it remains in my video library. Maybe it's the Johnny Mathis look-alike villain, maybe because it's the bane of all that is considered good taste. One of the few films that I can somehow manage to simultaneously almost kind of recommend, yet warn people to stay away from like the plague. That's the kind of movie "Mitchell" is. Check it out for yourself. Or not.

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