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).
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.
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!
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…
Never in the history of motion pictures has anyone ever pushed a child on a swing quite as menacingly as John Vernon.
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.
Post-robbery machinations with Matthau and Joe Don Baker in the Southwest. Surprisingly ruthless. Sure.
"I didn't travel 600 miles for the amusement of morons"
Walter Matthau as a droll, wily bank robber who discovers he has stolen Mafia money, and outsmarts the police and the Mafia, too. He's presented as an underdog figure, an old-timey hood David against the Mafia Goliaths; he traps everyone who stands in his way to freedom, and gets everyone killed. It's noisy and brutal, with sentimental flourishes. The director, Don Siegel, slogs along from scene to scene. This picture's idea of characterization is to have the Mafia man (Joe Don Baker) a boorish racist who says "nigra," and the bland, smooth Mafia-connected banker (John Vernon) an anti-Semite. You may feel sordid watching a scene in which a drunken, cowardly lout (Andy Robinson) slobbers while he's being kicked and butchered. And when the gruesome sequences need suspense, Lalo Schifrin's music beats your ears. With Sheree North, Felicia Farr, and Norman Fell. The script, by Howard Rodman and Dean Riesner, is based on John Reese's novel The Looters. Universal.
An underrated action movie starring Walter Matthau as a thief who gets involved with dangerous gangsters, Joe Don Baker plays a bad ass mob enforcer hot on Mathau's tale, a brilliant thriller that works on every level.
Matthau's Charley Varrick plays a bank robber who bites off more than he can chew. Joe Don Baker has probably his best role ever as Molly the hitman who is assigned to track down Matthau and his crew.
So I started this about a month ago, only for a basement flood of nearly 2ft all-around to stop things in their tracks. The disc was stuck in the player with no way to play it. I only made it about 15-20 minutes the first time around, and the suspense was killing me in wanting to finish it! Thankfully, it was worth the wait.
Charley Varrick (Walter Matthau) is a former stunt pilot and current crop-duster, and with money in limited supply, he teams up with his wife Nadine (Jacqueline Scott), and accomplices Al Dutcher (Fred Scheiwiller) and Harman Sullivan (Andrew Robinson) for a small-town bank robbery in New Mexico. Heavily disguised, Charley and Harman make it alive to complete…
Anti-hero Charley Varrick robs a bank but ends up with too much loot. He realizes that he’s stolen mob money and maneuvers to extricate himself from the predicament. Walter Matthau’s cool style in the lead role works for the character,but he’s less convincing in the awkward scene in which he jumps in the sack with a woman whose apartment he’s broken into, all the while ignoring the loss of his beloved wife just hours earlier. Maybe every anti-hero in the early 70s had to show he was smooth with the ladies.
The movie-watching was marred by a full-frame presentation. I’m sure the left and right sides of the scenes just continued what was shown on either edge of the viewable…
Last of the Independents
Intelligent action movie. The true psychopath is not the mafia killer but Matthau. His laconic style of acting carries the film and helps ignoring a few weak plot developments. Schiffrin does another great score.
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