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« : July 16, 2009, 12:42:20 AM »

For my money, the best of the Winner/Bronson collaborations.
The movie takes its time to show how Bishop (Bronson) carefully plans his hits and carries them out in unique ways in order to have an alibi.
Much like Costello in Melville's Le SamouraÔ.
There are a few inconsistencies and "WTF" moments (Keenan Wynn's elaborate murder didn't make much sense) but I overlooked them.
I was surprised by the PG rating. While there isn't mass amounts of blood during the gunfights there is some very R rated material in here. Like a young girl committing suicide in front of an audience.
I know they were pretty lenient with the ratings back in the 70's but I thought it was a bit bizarre in this case.
A remake is underway. Yippeee! :P


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« #1 : July 16, 2009, 11:36:50 AM »

Good action movie from the early 70s with Charles Bronson playing his signature ''toughie guy with principles'' character. There was also a subplot about a youngish-looking Jan-Michael Vincent's character wanting to take his place, from what I remember. I also remember some good car chasing scenes shot somewhere in Italy. (Naples maybe...)


(a solid entertaining) 7/10




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« #2 : July 16, 2009, 11:40:48 AM »

But now that I think... Wasn't that movie called Assassins (mid 90s, with Sly and Banderas, can't remember the director), some kind of remake of The Mechanic?




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« #3 : July 16, 2009, 11:41:15 AM »

This movie has the greatest ending of all time. ;D

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« #4 : July 16, 2009, 11:43:07 AM »

This movie has the greatest ending of all time. ;D

What was it, Bronson's character fucks Vincent's character over?




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« #5 : July 16, 2009, 11:44:27 AM »

I saw this at the cinema, with my father and were amazed at how good it was. Amazed because this movie hadn't be advertised at all, though Bronson at the time was already a superstar in Italy.
I saw it again on tv years later and still had a good impression.
Today I saw the dvd after having read this post and still it's good. I only rememebered the finale and in a very general way the plot. But had forgotten it was shot in Naples too. It is fast moving, with unusual plot twists and a strange rhythm. Yes, there are some inconsistencies (for example, Bronson feels sick and then I'd expect some kind of explanation like he has a mortal illness, which would explain his late behaviour) but this is how action movies should be made. yeah, 9\10


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« #6 : July 16, 2009, 11:51:04 AM »

This movie has the greatest ending of all time. ;D

I don't know if it is the greatest, but unquestionaably a contender for the title. I remembered it, and still the curt way it is made  amazed me again.



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« #7 : July 16, 2009, 11:52:50 AM »

But had forgotten it was shot in Naples too.

Ah, I was right.




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« #8 : July 16, 2009, 12:17:33 PM »

What was it, Bronson's character fucks Vincent's character over?

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« #9 : July 16, 2009, 12:39:53 PM »

I concur: great ending. O0



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« #10 : July 16, 2009, 12:47:41 PM »

I concur: great ending. O0

Listening to Earth and loving The Mechanic's ending. We're on a roll, Dave.

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« #11 : July 16, 2009, 03:27:56 PM »

Right, I remember it now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSCid-iOoe0




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« #12 : July 16, 2009, 04:06:51 PM »

Two observations: Bronson knows he's Vincent's mark and still doesn't do anything to save himself.
Vincent should try to throw himself out of the car without finishing reading the message.


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« #13 : July 16, 2009, 05:56:14 PM »

Cool ending and Bronson is a badass as always but this isn't one of my favorites.  I found the story to be unsatisfying and I just can't believe that Bronson would pick a little punk like the Jan-Michael Vincent character as his heir, much less be killed by him.  My favorite Bronsons are OUATITW of course, Death Wish, and Hard Times with a special mention for Chato's Land.

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« #14 : July 16, 2009, 09:57:15 PM »

But now that I think... Wasn't that movie called Assassins (mid 90s, with Sly and Banderas, can't remember the director), some kind of remake of The Mechanic?

Yep.


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