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Malone (1987)

An ex-C.I.A. hit man running from his past (Malone) finds just how difficult it is to retire when he runs across a small town controlled by mercenaries and a family that's resisting their control.

Director:

Harley Cokeliss (as Harley Cokliss)

Writers:

Christopher Frank (screenplay), William P. Wingate (novel) (as William Wingate)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Malone
Cliff Robertson ... Delaney
Kenneth McMillan ... Hawkins
Cynthia Gibb ... Jo Barlow
Scott Wilson ... Paul Barlow
Lauren Hutton ... Jamie
Philip Anglim ... Harvey
Tracey Walter ... Calvin Bollard
Dennis Burkley ... Dan Bollard
Alex Diakun ... Madrid
Brooks Gardner ... Patterson
Mike Kirton Mike Kirton ... Frank
Duncan Fraser ... Malone's Target
Janne Mortil ... Helen
Campbell Lane ... Tom Riggs
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Storyline

A former CIA-assassin, on the run from his former employers, gets stranded in a small Wyoming town and stays to help a local farmer and his daughter fight the corrupt sheriff who's under the thumb of a ruthless land developer out to evict all the farmers from their homes. Written by matt-282

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Taglines:

The woman held the key to his past. The man wanted to buy his future. Now both were trying to kill him. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Burt Reynolds said of the film: "I was attracted to 'Malone' because I thought there was a chance the movie might be more than a guy running away from his past. Let's be honest. The film is Shane (1953). I am an ex-CIA man whose car breaks down in a small town who then gets close to a family and attempts to battle a Lyndon LaRouche character played by [Cliff Robertson (I)]. I'm not doing [Clint Eastwood] in Pale Rider (1985). There's a little bit of [Sylvester Stallone] from First Blood (1982) in this, but I'm not playing the damaged-goods-guy Sly became in 'Rambo'. Just to show you how movies change, Gerard Depardieu and Christopher Lambert at one point were going to play Malone. I wonder how this guy got rewritten into me". See more »

Goofs

The sheriff looks at Malone's drivers license which clearly has a street address in Baltimore, then immediately asks "Why do you have a post office box for an address?" See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jamie: I think it's time for you to get some help.
Richard Malone: Why?
Jamie: Because you can't do your job anymore.
Richard Malone: Because I let that man live?
Jamie: That man is the worst bastard that...
Richard Malone: [interupting] I don't care! I've had enough! I want out.
Jamie: What am I supposed to tell our superiors at the company?
Richard Malone: Tell them good bye.
Jamie: You know too much. One of the first things you tought me is that nobody just walks away from the CIA.
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 1 second to remove an ear clap. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Burt Reynolds
30 December 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Ex-CIA hit-man running from his past (Richard Malone, played by Burt Reynolds) finds just how difficult it is to retire when he runs across a small town controlled by mercenaries and a family that is resisting their control.

Reynolds is a smooth pimp, even kissing a young girl in front of her father. I mean, really, who has the balls to do that? Only Reynolds. And why not, when you can go around and beat people up -- or kill them -- without the police being able to stop you?

An odd mystery: at one point, Malone's birth date is given as February 14, 1941. I wonder if this date was chosen for any particular reason. This is not Reynolds' birthday, and in fact would make Malone a few years younger than Reynolds...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,377,691, 3 May 1987

Gross USA:

$3,060,858

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,060,858
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Orion Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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