High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
When he runs out of dumb luck he always has genius to fall back on!
Charley Varrick robs a bank in a small town with his friends. Instead of obtaining a small amount of money they discover they stole a very large amount of money belonging to the mob. Charley must now come up with a plan to not only evade the police but the mob as well.
aka No Country for Grumpy Old Men
"There's always a bigger fish." - Qui-Gon Jinn, Star Wars Episode I
"Last of the independents... I like that, has a ring of finality to it." - Joe Don Baker, terrifying executioner of Darwinian capitalism.
A framed photo of John Vernon is by the bed of a pretty young woman (who Walter Matthau sleeps with in the dreaded SXSW position).
Having just spent an entire day watching Walter Matthau movies, I can confirm that he can make a womanizing dentist likeable, a drunken deadbeat little league coach lovable, and an incorrigible shyster ambulance-chasing attorney downright adorable. But he can also pull another trick, which is to suck most of his natural humor and charisma out of his bone marrow but remain intriguing, watchable, and even magnetic. His Charley Varrick isn't the romantic kind of career criminal - he unapologetically works with violent killers, and he's not saving up to get his kid brother an operation. He, like the men in many Siegel films (including this one), is just doing his job. He's smart, though, and that gives him a fighting chance, provided he can stay smart and broke rather than dumb and rich. A lesson for us all!
i like how unsentimental this is, not just about its violence but with its actual narrative, which with its loose structure frequently comes across less as a thriller than as a collection of occupational hazards endured by everyone at every level of a criminal enterprise. cropdusting isn't paying the bills, cops try to foil a holdup, bank robbers catch bullets, hookers turn tricks, the hitman methodically tracks down his target, the passport forger jacks up the price and then sells you out. all in a day's work.
You know, there are one or two very subtle clues in Charley Varrick that might alert you to the fact that it is a Don Siegel film. Andrew Robinson doing his poorly acted pained cry, a John Vernon appearance, a role for the guy who "got's to know!" on the steps of the bank near the start of Dirty Harry, a Lalo Schifrin soundtrack - like I say, very subtle.
If that is all too subtle for you, they even make direct reference to Dirty Harry at one point. I have to say that I appreciated the fact that, at times, this film did make those references because for the most part I found Charley Varrick…
Good Golly, Mr. Molly
Walter Matthau is a bank-robbing crop-duster leaving a trail of dead bodies, satisfied blondes and Joe Don Baker sweat across the greater Albuquerque area. If you need more than that, we're very different people.
The best Elmore Leonard adaptation that Leonard had absolutely nothing to do with. It's so "him" without being his work.
Don Siegel's terrific thriller has Walter Matthau as a cropduster and small-time bank robber in way over his head when he his accomplices rob a tiny bank in a podunk town that turns out to be a money-laundering drop for the mob, with the expected small loot turning out to be over $760,000. The film follows Matthau's Charley Varrick as he tries to get the money back to the mob-connected bank CEO (John Vernon), who's got a crazed, good ol' boy, pipe-smoking hitman named Molly (a perfectly cast Joe Don Baker) after him. Matthau is in vintage Matthau form here, and this was just part of an incredible 1973 for Baker, a year that also saw him in THE OUTFIT and his signature role as Buford Pusser in WALKING TALL.
I liked this film, I shouldn't in reality want the bank robber to succeed but I did. Makes you understand why women fall for bad guys
This is a film I have seen a few times before, but the last viewing was before I became a member of this site so when I saw it would be playing on Turner Classic Movies, it was the perfect time to watch this quality motion picture again.
The plot is simple yet effective: some small-time bank robbers make a very large score in a sleepy little town; turns out, not only did the robbery result in causalities, but they unknowingly ripped off the Mafia... don't you hate it when that happens? Joe Don Baker plays someone named Molly, which sounds funny, but he's a remorseless hitman killer despite being the soft spoken type. Walter Matthau is the titular Varrick…
I think the more times I watch this--and I expect there will be plenty more--the more I'll enjoy it.
Funny, nasty, and clean. Matthau, as ever, is a gem.
Good Golly, Mr. Molly
Fuck No Country for Old Men
Features one of the most blatantly misogynist moments I've seen in a movie, and yet even that is a testament to this movie's economy of scene structure. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Lifted from Mubi. All credit for the list goes to @LaursKemp.
[I added Brewster McCloud, HealtH, and Modern Romance]
...Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty.