Charley Varrick

Charley Varrick

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Director: Don Siegel, Walter Matthau, Joe Don Baker, Felicia Farr

Cast: Don Siegel, Walter Matthau, Joe Don Baker, Felicia Farr

     
 
Don Siegal directed this offbeat crime thriller which stars Walter Matthau as the titular Charley Varrick. Varrick is a small-time stick-up man who, in tandem with his partner Harman Sullivan (Andrew Robinson), makes plans to rob a small bank in New Mexico. Varrick and Sullivan are expecting a modest payday for a simple heist, but to their surprise they walk away with

Overview

Don Siegal directed this offbeat crime thriller which stars Walter Matthau as the titular Charley Varrick. Varrick is a small-time stick-up man who, in tandem with his partner Harman Sullivan (Andrew Robinson), makes plans to rob a small bank in New Mexico. Varrick and Sullivan are expecting a modest payday for a simple heist, but to their surprise they walk away with $750,000 in cash. But it turns out this isn't entirely good news; the bank was flush with cash because a number of well-connected Mafia chieftains have been using the bank to launder their ill-gotten gains, and they're determined to get their money back. Before Varrick can figure out a way to return the money, sadistic hired killer Molly (Joe Don Baker) is on his trail, forcing Varrick to outwit both the cops and the robbers if he is to stay alive.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Genre veteran Don Siegel made one of his more subversive choices when he cast the hangdog Walter Matthau as the cunning title character in 1973's caper flick Charley Varrick. It's almost as if Siegel were trying to deflate the type of mythic hero that he previously helped create in Dirty Harry, poking fun at the creation by presenting its slovenly alter ego. Audiences may have balked at Matthau as a captivating crook, but his sarcastic, laconic presence works well within the well-trod realm of action pictures: he doesn't have to work hard to be funny here; his mere presence gives the movie a lightness and vitality. Ultimately, Siegel uses Matthau to much the same effect as Robert Altman did with Elliott Gould in another great crime picture of 1973, The Long Goodbye: the sly, easygoing, benevolent nature of the lead performer makes the film's seemingly out-of-character violence all the more riveting.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/28/2004
UPC:
0025192620324
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:51:00
Sales rank:
8,564

Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
Don Siegel Director,Producer
Michael C. Butler Cinematographer
Fernando Carrere Art Director
Joe Cavalier Asst. Director
Helen Colvig Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert L. Hoyt Sound/Sound Designer
John K. Kean Sound/Sound Designer
Jennings Lang Producer
Frank Morriss Editor
Dean Riesner Screenwriter
Howard Rodman Screenwriter
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer

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Charley Varrick 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
mike-s More than 1 year ago
A very cleaver anti-hero charactization by Matthau. Well directed by Siegel and a more than adaquate supporting cast. The cat and mouse action keeps going until the very end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago