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TitleCharley Varrick (1973)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityAmputee Wheelchair
CountryUSA
Length111
GenreCrime
Rating4
DirectorDon Siegel
CastWalter Matthau Joe Don Baker Felicia Farr Andy Robinson John Vernon
NotesThe story has probably been used before and certainly has since. But in Don Siegel's (Dirty Harry) hands this is a competent, enjoyable though flawed thriller. At the start of the film when the three members of gang are going to rob a bank. Charley (Matthau) is disguised as an old man and to make him appear even less threatening he has his ankle in a cast. The bank is robbed but the cops are on the job and the woman member of the gang is shot. But soon they found they've made an even bigger mistake. They've stolen Mafia money and are pursued by gangsters as well as cops. Varrick goes to a gun dealer trying to find a contact who will make them false passports. The gun seller is in a wheelchair and is a left, below the knee amputee. Andy Robinson who is Varrick's violent sidekick later appeared as the killer in Dirty Harry. A little reflection on this film and you're left with a bad taste. Because it's on the side of the baddies. Charley Varrick, contrasted with his sidekick and the Mafia hit man, is a good guy and despite the killings comes out on top, and with a new woman. So is it O.K. to kill a cop and rob banks?

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