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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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 was paid $3 million for his role. 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 Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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Tight Lipped Burt
4 August 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In Malone, Burt Reynolds is a CIA paid assassin who's tired of the life and wants out of the company. Of course the company doesn't see it his way and his former protégé Lauren Hutton is sent to terminate his contract with the agency.

But Reynolds in looking for obscurity finds a place where a mysterious millionaire Cliff Robertson is buying all the land in some obscure valley in Idaho to make it his headquarters for some ill defined right wing conspiracy. Robertson's bought the sheriff, Kenneth McMillan and several local louts to enforce his will on the community. Reynolds's car broke down here by sheer chance and he's taken in by garage owner Scott Wilson and his daughter Cynthia Gibb. When Robertson's thugs start leaning on them, Reynolds springs into action.

Burt Reynolds's style is a whole lot like James Garner, quizzical, cynical and charming. I'm not used to seeing him play it as tight lipped as he does in Malone, but he does carry it off. The film borrows a lot from the plot of Shane and I could certainly see a 1987 version of Alan Ladd in the part.

It's a good action film even though a lot of the plot issues are unresolved. More than fans of Burt Reynolds will enjoy this.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Malone See more »

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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