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Prime Cut
     

Prime Cut

Director: Michael Ritchie,

Cast: Lee Marvin, Gene Hackman, Angel Tompkins

 

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Michael Ritchie, better known for his gentle satires of American social institutions, enters Don Siegel territory in the unusual crime thriller Prime Cut. Lee Marvin is surly collection agent Nick Devlin, who is hired by Chicago racketeer Jake (Eddie Egan) to collect an overdue payment from Kansas cattle baron Mary Ann (yes, Mary Ann!) (Gene Hackman). When

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Michael Ritchie, better known for his gentle satires of American social institutions, enters Don Siegel territory in the unusual crime thriller Prime Cut. Lee Marvin is surly collection agent Nick Devlin, who is hired by Chicago racketeer Jake (Eddie Egan) to collect an overdue payment from Kansas cattle baron Mary Ann (yes, Mary Ann!) (Gene Hackman). When Devlin travels west to get Jake's money from Mary Ann, he finds the cattle king mixed up in complex drug deals and pimping wild women -- two of which are Poppy and Violet (Sissy Spacek and Janit Baldwin -- both in their film debuts).

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This offbeat blend of action and satire is a memorable outing from the "anything goes" era Hollywood experienced in the 1970s. Prime Cut delivers the amount of punch-ups, shoot-outs, and tough-guy talk expected from an action film, but Robert Dillon's inspired, unusual script puts a fresh twist on these action-film staples by placing them in a novel rural setting and giving the storyline a satirical voice. Thus, the viewer is treated to scenes where Gene Hackman gives a monologue in which he uses cattle-farming metaphors to explain how the Chicago crime syndicate is growing weak and a bizarre scene where Lee Marvin and Sissy Spacek are chased by a thug driving a huge thresher instead of the usual automobile. Director Michael Ritchie, better known for purely comedic fare like The Bad News Bears, conducts the pop-art thrills with a light, witty touch and gets great performances from his leads: Marvin is all cool machismo, Hackman is a blustery delight as his unrefined nemesis, and Spacek and Angel Tompkins add solid support as two very different women mixed up in the criminal capers. All in all, Prime Cut might be a little too odd for viewers who like their action movies straightforward, but it is perfect fare for cult-film fans, who will appreciate its mixture of punchy action and crime-as-a-business satire.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/14/2005
UPC:
0097368888944
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:26:00
Sales rank:
11,730

Special Features

Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 surround, English 2.0 surround, French mono; English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lee Marvin Nick Devlin
Gene Hackman "Mary Ann"
Angel Tompkins Clarabelle
Gregory Walcott Weenie
Sissy Spacek Poppy
Clint Ellison Delaney
Janet Baldwin Violet
Hugh Gillin Desk Clerk
Howard Platt Shaughnessy
Les Lannom O'Brien
Bob Wilson Reaper Driver
Gordon Signer Brockman
David Savage Ox-Eye
Eddie Egan Jake

Technical Credits
Michael Ritchie Director
Michael Borofsky Producer
Ken Chase Makeup
Michael Daves Asst. Director
Robert Dillon Screenwriter
Kenneth Evans Executive Producer
Logan R. Frazee Special Effects
Emile LaVigne Makeup
William Malley Art Director
Pat Norris Costumes/Costume Designer
James W. Payne Set Decoration/Design
Carl Pingitore Editor
Gene Polito Cinematographer
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Barry Thomas Sound/Sound Designer
Joe Wizan Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Meat Packing [4:24]
2. A Special Order [7:54]
3. Kansas City [6:53]
4. Country Hospitality [8:24]
5. Protective Custody [7:02]
6. Brothers [7:59]
7. Country Fair [8:24]
8. Making an Escape [9:26]
9. Old Friends [4:32]
10. Taking a Stand [10:10]
11. Seeking Redemption [8:23]
12. A Final Rescue [2:55]

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