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The Mechanic (1972)

An aging hitman befriends a young man who wants to be a professional killer. Eventually it becomes clear that someone has betrayed them.

Director:

Michael Winner

Writers:

Lewis John Carlino (screenplay), Lewis John Carlino (story)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Arthur Bishop
Jan-Michael Vincent ... Steve McKenna
Keenan Wynn ... Harry McKenna
Jill Ireland ... The Girl
Linda Ridgeway Linda Ridgeway ... Louise, Steve McKenna's Girlfriend
Frank DeKova ... The Man (as Frank De Kova)
James Davidson ... Intern
Lindsay Crosby ... Policeman (as Lindsay H. Crosby)
Steve Cory Steve Cory ... Messenger
Tak Kubota Tak Kubota ... Yamoto (as Takayuki Kubota)
Patrick O'Moore ... Old Man
Martin Gordon Martin Gordon ... American Tourist
Celeste Yarnall ... The Mark's Girl
Athena Lorde Athena Lorde ... Old Woman
Alison Rose Alison Rose ... Young Girl
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Storyline

A professional hit man is planning to retire, always a difficult move for one in such a profession. A young apprentice appears to be eager to learn all the skills of the trade - but is that all he wants? Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Taglines:

Clean. Fast. Professional. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1972 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Killer of Killers See more »

Filming Locations:

Amalfi, Campania, Italy See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was originally to be produced by " The Lion in Winter "s Martin Poll. See more »

Goofs

After the driver of the Chicken Lickin truck gets out, the door closes. In the next shot, Steve is seen closing the same door. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Bishop: Murder is only killing without a license.
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Alternate Versions

The 1988 UK Warner video release was cut by 7 secs by the BBFC to remove closeup shots of a lock picking. The cuts were restored in the 2004 MGM DVD. See more »

Connections

References Johanna Enlists (1918) See more »

Soundtracks

String Quartet Op.18 No.6 (2nd Movement)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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A classic! One of the greatest movie endings EVER!
30 March 2005 | by lotus_chiefSee all my reviews

Classic Charles Bronson. I've only recently really started getting more into his older films; I'm fluent with the Death Wish series. The Mechanic is one of his best, if not one of THE best action/thriller films I've seen. Very cleverly done, particularly his methods of killing. I also like the term used to describe assassins; that's new to me. The movie had me intrigued throughout, with Bronson playing the part very well; very few people could look as wrong as Bronson. But it's the ending that makes the movie that much better, because it's totally unexpected. I want to 'spoil' it so bad but I won't....although other user reviews here may have already. I'll just say that you'll be completely amped afterwards, your jaw will drop to the floor at how cool and unexpected it is. One of the true classic action films; the rating on here should be higher.

***1/2 out of **** stars.


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