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Charley Varrick (19-Sep-1973)

Director: Don Siegel

Writers: Howard Rodman; Dean Riesner

From novel: The Looters by John Reese

Music by: Lalo Schifrin

Producer: Don Siegel

Keywords: Crime, Bank Robbery

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Joe Don Baker
Actor
12-Feb-1936   Walking Tall
Craig R. Baxley
Film Director
20-Oct-1949   Action Jackson
Felicia Farr
Actor
4-Oct-1932   Kiss Me, Stupid
Norman Fell
Actor
24-Mar-1924 14-Dec-1998 Mr. Roper on Three's Company
Benson Fong
Actor
10-Oct-1916 1-Aug-1987 Flower Drum Song
Walter Matthau
Actor
1-Oct-1920 1-Jul-2000 Messy half of the Odd Couple
Sheree North
Actor
17-Jan-1933 4-Nov-2005 How to Be Very, Very Popular
Andrew Robinson
Actor
14-Feb-1942   Garak on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
William Schallert
Actor
6-Jul-1922   Martin Lane on The Patty Duke Show
Jacqueline Scott
Actor
1935   Character actress
Don Siegel
Film Director
26-Oct-1912 20-Apr-1991 Dirty Harry
Hope Summers
Actor
7-Jun-1896 22-Jun-1979 Clara Edwards on The Andy Griffith Show
Tom Tully
Actor
21-Aug-1908 27-Apr-1982 Insp. Matt Grebb on The Lineup
John Vernon
Actor
24-Feb-1932 1-Feb-2005 Dean Wormer in Animal House

CAST

Walter Matthau   ...   Charley Varrick
Starring
Joe Don Baker   ...   Molly
Felicia Farr   ...   Sybil Fort
Andrew Robinson   ...   Harman Sullivan
Co-Starring
Sheree North   ...   Jewell Everett
Norman Fell   ...   Mr. Garfinkle
Benson Fong   ...   Honest John
Woodrow Parfrey   ...   Harold Young
William Schallert   ...   Sheriff Bill Horton
Jacqueline Scott   ...   Nadine Varrick
with
Marjorie Bennett   ...   Mrs. Taff
Rudy Diaz   ...   Rudy Sanchez
Colby Chester   ...   Steele
Charlie Briggs   ...   Highway deputy
Priscilla Garcia   ...   Miss Ambar
Scott Hale   ...   Mr. Scott
Charles Matthau   ...   Boy
Hope Summers   ...   Mess Vesta
Monica Lewis   ...   Beverly
Jim Nolan   ...   Clerk
Tom Tully   ...   Tom
Albert Popwell   ...   Percy Randolph
Kathleen O'Malley   ...   Jessie
Christina Hart   ...   Jana
Craig R. Baxley   ...   Van Sickle
Al Dunlap   ...   Taxi Driver
Virginia Wing   ...   Chinese Hostess
Don Siegel   ...   Murph
and
John Vernon   ...   Maynard Boyle

REVIEWS

Review by anonymous (posted on 1-Aug-2005)

Charley Varrick (1973) is a classic hard boiled crime drama starring Walter Mathau as the title character. He's a "professional" who wants to do one last gig before he retires for good. During his last gig, his crew (including Andrew "Andy" Robinson) rob a podunk bank. But unknown to them, it's a drop off point for some real heavy gangsters. When the syndicate finds out they were robbed, they contact a local boss (John Vernon) who sends out one of his meanest dudes (Joe Don Baker) to sniff out the robbers. Directed by Don Siegal. A classic movie that inspired a famous line from Pulp Fiction. John Vernon tells the bank president that his employers will find out who did it and work them over with "a pair of pliers and a blow torch". It's was also cool to see Walter Matthau play an old school professional who doesn't play around and just wants to get the job done with a streak of bad ass attitude. Will the thugs find out who robbed them? What will happen when J.D. Baker and Walter face off? Check it out!


Review by anonymous (posted on 6-Jan-2007)

Also known as 'Who Killed Charley Varrick'. An entirely satisfying crime caper, and Matthau was never better. As the brains of a small-time petty crime group comprised of Matthau, his on-screen wife, and Andy Hamilton as a brash, unthinking third man, a bank job goes wrong when they find themselves in possession of a large amount of money belonging to the Maffia - and they want it back! Knowing that simply giving back is not an option (as the Maffia would need to make an example of him) and desperately trying to keep one step ahead of Maffia hitman Joe Don Baker (whose actions are co-ordinated by on-site Maffia man John Vernon), Matthau relies on his skills as a stunt pilot and - mainly - his wits to escape with both the money and his life. Excellence all-round from both the plot and the actors.


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