The Outfit (1973)

PG   |    |  Drama, Thriller


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Earl Macklin robs a bank owned by the mob, serves his prison time and is released, only to start a private war against the crime outfit that owned the bank.

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21 July 2002 | bob the moo
Tough thriller
Earl Macklin is released from prison to find that his brother has been killed and he is a target of a hitman. Having dealt with the killer he discovers that a bank job he did had been owned by the mob. Macklin joins with partner Cody to continually hit the organisation until they pay him $250,000 to make amends. However can two men take on the whole mob?

I approached this as someone who has seen plenty of tough 70's mob movies – both good and bad. However my wariness soon vanished as this turned out to be genuinely hard boiled stuff. From a great script the plot follows the two men as they repeatedly hit the mob. The dialogue is hard but also informative – not just tough for the sake of being tough. The action is also quite shocking – women being beaten etc, even for this type of movie it was quite pretty harsh.

Duvall is excellent – many actors may have played it a bit softer to try and keep the audience but he goes all the way as a cruel violent man. Baker is more affable but is less effective for just that reason. Black has a small role but makes the most of it. The mob support cast is good but really Duvall takes this and makes it his own.

Overall if you like the 70's hard boiled thriller genre then this is for you. Even if you don't then there is still much to appreciate here – not the best film in the world (plot is a little linear) but still a good tough thriller.

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