Charley Varrick (1973) 3.79/5 (2)


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Rating: The Good – 73.8
Genre: Crime
Duration: 111mins
Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Walter Matthau, Joe Don Baker, Felicia Farr

Don Siegel’s hard hitting thriller about a modest bank robber (Walter Matthau) who knocks over a mob bank without knowing it and becomes the target of their ruthless bag man (played effectively by Joe Don Baker). Like all of Siegel’s movies, Charley Varrick is slow burning and gritty, full of interesting characters and superb actors. Matthau is a great lead (as ever) and he commands the attention of the viewer with his burly presence and acerbic charm. The film has dated in parts so the over-elaborate ending which probably counted as a decent climax in 1973 is a little old hat now. Despite that, the movie as a whole is far stronger than the majority of fluff delivered today.

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