Disillusionment In Sun-Drenched 1970s American New Wave Cinema: A Watching Brief
Donald E. Westlake's Parker has been given numerous outings on the big screen, and all the of the films featuring his character (loosely or otherwise) have proved to be extremely enjoyable.
The Outfit, as it did on my first viewing proves to be the most single-minded and tight film deriving from that character to date. You don't see much in the way of planning here. Just two extremely good criminals winging it from one situation to another, pursued by an 'outfit' that are amusingly sloppy to completely incompetent.
John Flynn, an excellent and under-prized director, gives this some classic noir flavour with his support casting (Ryan! Windsor! Cook Jr.! Greer!) shot through with that gritty, violent 70s sheen of thick dirt that I always love. Straightforward, quick-thinking crime cinema that we've largely forgotten how to make.