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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.

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the only film written by Ian Kennedy Martin. He mostly worked on TV projects. See more »

Goofs

When Mitchell climbs over a fence at one point, he clearly falls and is headed towards landing on his back. When his landing is shown from the other side, he lands on his feet. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Mitchell: Alright, let's get your coat.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Mitchell
Written by Larry Brown, Jerry Styner & Steve Hoffman
Performed by Hoyt Axton
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I met Mitchell!
3 August 2005 | by thebigseeSee all my reviews

I had watched "Mitchell" many many times on MST3K and had basically memorized the entire show out of love. One day my brother and I were talking about a local diner/bowling alley in Woodland Hills, California -- "Woodlake Bowl" -- and we were remarking how much our dad liked it and how it wasn't what it once was. My brother said, "You know who I see whenever I go there? Joe Don Baker." I was thrilled to hear this but next time I went to the Woodlake Bowl for lunch with my Dad, I wasn't thinking I'd see Joe Don. It was a rainy day and as I exited my car and waited for my Dad to get out of the passenger side, an aged Datsun 240Z with cracked and fading paint pulled up in the spot next to mine. I started walking in a minute or so later and then I heard from behind me - in an unmistakable boomy Texas drawl: "YOUR HEADLIGHTS IS ON." I turned around to stare Joe Don face-to-face! I was starstruck, like I had met Brad Pitt or Marilyn Monroe or something. It was raining and Joe Don was in a long coat and droopy hat. And yes, he said "is on", not "are on"! I thanked him and he went on his way. I couldn't help but think of his face and of MST3K's description of him: "A melting bear". It was spot-on. As I walked past his rust-bucket 240Z, I couldn't help but have a peek inside. I remember the interior was just as bad as the exterior and he had a lot of softball equipment under the hatchback. I sort of imagined Joe Don as a little-league softball coach at that point and for all I know he is! But overall I was left with the feeling he was a lonely bachelor type who ate meals alone at a divey diner every day and drove a junkbox of a car -- hey, sounds like Mitchell! But seriously, I felt he is too much maligned as he seemed like a melancholy but nice guy. You go, Joe Don!


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