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The Outfit (1973)

Earl Macklin robs a bank owned by the mob, serves his prison time and is released, only to start a private war against the crime outfit that owned the bank.

Director:

John Flynn

Writers:

Donald E. Westlake (novel) (as Richard Stark), John Flynn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Duvall ... Earl Macklin
Karen Black ... Bett Harrow
Joe Don Baker ... Jack Cody
Robert Ryan ... Mailer
Timothy Carey ... Jake Menner
Richard Jaeckel ... Kimmie Cherney
Sheree North ... Buck's Wife
Felice Orlandi ... Frank Orlandi
Marie Windsor ... Madge Coyle
Jane Greer ... Alma Macklin
Henry Jones ... Doctor
Joanna Cassidy ... Rita Mailer
Tom Reese ... Hit Man
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Carl (as Elisha Cook)
Bill McKinney ... Buck Cherney
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Storyline

When the small criminal Macklin is released from prison, he learns that his brother was shot by two mob killers. He didn't know that the bank he robbed was owned by the syndicate. When he's almost offed by a killer too, he pays the mobster Jake Menner a visit and demands reparation. His friend Cody helps him to gratify his thirst for revenge. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Nobody plays rougher than The Outfit...

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1974 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Army Archerd: The Variety columnist as Butler. See more »

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When Bett goes back to the motel room after calling her father, on the exterior shot she stops at the room's door to get her keys and we can see the exterior doors and frames are blue. In the next shot, from inside, Bett opens the door and the door frame is white and looking beyond her it's not the outside of the motel at all, but another room. See more »

Quotes

Mailer: You give out my number again and I'll retire you with flowers.
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Your Guess Is Just As Good As Mine
Written by Steve Gillette and Jeremy Joe Kronsberg
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Good of its kind
15 April 2014 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

"The Outfit" was forgotten for years after its theatrical release, though in recent years it seems to have been revived and starting to find an audience. For the most part, it does deserve its rediscovery. It's directed in an engaging '70s style that sets it apart from many other man against the mob movies. The style is not polished, and gives the movie a rough and dirty feeling that makes what happens on screen seem more realistic. The violence doesn't come constantly, but when it does happen it gives the movie a serious kick, despite the movie in the end earning just a PG rating. Duvall does well, not making his character a superman, but someone who is (believably) well skilled and crafty. Baker makes a good sidekick. If I have any complaints about the movie, they are that there isn't a terrible amount of plot, and that Robert Ryan's character doesn't get quite enough footage. But despite those problems, the movie works well, and is a must for those who are fans of cynical '70s movies.


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