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: Prime Cut (1972)  ( 1112 )
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« : May 07, 2019, 03:59:23 PM »

A vicious Kansas City slaughterhouse owner and his hick family are having a bloody "beef" with the Chicago crime syndicate over profits from their joint illegal operations. Top enforcer Nick Devlin is sent to straighten things out.


If The Outfit (1973) is a full step below Eddie Coyle, Dirty Harry and Charley Varrick, then Prime Cut is a full step below The Outfit in terms of 70s crime movies. To its credit, it's a notch above stuff like The Nickel Ride (1974).

The photography can be very good in spots but director Michael Ritchie's docudrama style can be ineffective at times - it definitely works better in something like The Candidate (1972) than a crime movie. Friedkin masters that style in The French Connection where it calls less attention to itself.

For a Hackman and Marvin starring vehicle, you're left wanting a little more (especially concerning Hackman's character) but it's a worthy movie with a very entertaining chase scene involving a harvester. The rest of the action can be a little incoherent and messy at times, I'm sure Paul Greengrass was influenced by Ritchie's style.

7.5/10. 7 feels too low, 8 feels a little high. The first act is pretty damn good but the final hour is a little spotty.

Kino released this on bluray a few years back, it could be something I'd buy on sale and revisit at a later time. I recently watched this on youtube with burned in Portuguese subs, I'm assuming the Kino release would make for a better viewing experience.



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