THE MECHANIC (1972 U.S.) D: MICHAEL WINNER W: LEWIS JOHN CARLINO P: ROBERT CHARTOFF/IRWIN WINKLER
Charles Bronson is a professional hitman training young protege Jan-Michael Vincent (after killing his mobster father Keenan Wynn) in this very 70`s (cue car chase) action thriller with scenes shot in Naples. The long opening scene of Bronson preparing a hit is really engrossing, and unfortunately nothing else can match up to it. The cast includes Jill Ireland as a hooker (good, weird scene), Frank DeKova, Patrick Moore, Celeste Yarnall and Enzo Fiermonte. Winner`s second Bronson movie after CHATO`S LAND. They made THE STONE KILLER together next. Carlino made THE SAILOR WHO FELL FROM GRACE WITH THE SEA.THE MECHANIC was remade almost 30 years later.

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