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…
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.
This one was a surprise!
It's a fully fledged 70s film, some of the scenes would never appear in a film these days, especially Joe Don Baker turning a woman on by slapping her over the face, totally unmotivated. Then again, he hits everyone and everything here.
It's really a two man movie, with Baker and Matthau carrying the other actors.
Keeps the suspence and action going up to a fantastic finale.
One oddity kept bugging me though; Matthau is a stud?!
This film reminded me of a 40's or 50's style Film Noir story but only made in the 70's and in beautiful color. The New Mexico locations looked amazing on Bluray, all that blue sky and dirt. It makes me want to get a trailer in the desert. Walter Matthau is a really great and I enjoy him in most things. Joe Don Baker is such a gleeful and menacing asshole as the Bad Guy that it is hard not to root for him instead of the hero. John Vernon was born to play an evil banker, he oozes corruption. I can't say I enjoyed how the female characters were treated, "Lonely" hot milfs who are waiting to be taken by the right Manly Man type. Other than that, it's great
A few days in the life of an above-average schnook. Even a nobody can sometimes scrape away clean.
Everyone should watch this with their dad.
Lakonisch und furztrocken erzählter Thriller mit einem grandiosen Walter Matthau. Ein bisschen wie ein Gegenentwurf zu Don Siegels DIRTY HARRY, da hier quasi nur die Gangster-Seite beleuchtet wird.
Another film set in New Mexico that makes me want to go there. Walter Matthau = Legend.
Matthau is great as a bankrobber who always seems to be one step ahead, even when he is being bullied. Joe Don Baker makes for an effective, if slightly monotone hitman and Andy Robinson is equally good as one of the other bankrobbers, who proves again and again why he isn't the guy in charge.
You'll like a character who's good at his job
One of the coolest damn movies ever made. I recently learned that Tarantino was influenced heavily by Charley Varrick, and I can see why. It's a creative, hip entry into the crime genre, with a tight plot and cool characters--pretty much everything you'd want from a movie recommended by the biggest chin in filmmaking.
An ol' pulpy crime thriller action flick, with some of the best work from Siegel & co. & great music to boot. Walter Matthau as usual can make the worst person likeable with his suave charisma & charm along with Joe Don Baker as your cunning 70's mob hit man having a great time chasing & conniving one another & their cohorts . A fun way to spend 111 minutes of your day.
34 years before Anton Chigurh became a part of our collective consciousness Joe Don Baker played one of the most suave villains who also was a downright son of bitch..Those who have seen No Country For Old Men will recognize some of the similarities. The versatile Walter Matthau is terrific as always.The movie starts and ends on a rousing note. Having said that it becomes too convenient at times, a little clarity would have helped. Worth a watch.
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