Charley Varrick

Charley Varrick

DVD - 2004
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Charley Varrick is a small-time crook who outfoxes the mob and makes a desperate run for the Mexican border and safety.
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal Picture, 2004.
Edition: Full frame
ISBN: 9781417026869
1417026863
Branch Call Number: DVD Charley 7-DAY 1973
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Looters.

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Dave99_0
May 09, 2018

This 1973 film is about bank robbery, the low tech way. There is great car action, all before computer-generated special effects were invented. Charley Varrick flies a biplane with a big radial piston engine (that viewers seldom see nowadays). For fans of old action movies (especially those directed by Don Siegel), I would rate "Charley Varrick" at 4.0 stars.

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COURIER3
Dec 26, 2017

Excellent. May be an old movie but it's a dandy. Walter one of my favorites. This is a movie i would watch again. In fact i did watch the bank robbing scene twice. Too bad our library has only one copy. Glad I found this on "dashboard". Thanks patrons.

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Onewhoissaved
Sep 08, 2016

"Charley Varrick", 1973, crime caper with Walter Mathau as the good crook and Joe Don Baker as the bad guy out to kill him and everyone else. Mathau was 53 years old and needed to convince America he could be other than a schmuck. Actually Mathau started out as the heavy and only later on became the funny guy. The movie is interesting and a period piece. The cash prize is $750,000 which is small potatoes in a world that now sees things in ten of $millions. Back in the 70's the Mafia was a big word. Today we hardly ever hear it mentioned anymore.

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Nursebob
Dec 12, 2014

A gang of smalltime bank robbers looking for petty cash make off with far more than they bargained for when they knock over a modest little New Mexico Savings and Loan. It seems the Mob has been using the bank to store some ill-gotten loot, almost 800 thousand dollars’ worth, and they’re determined to get even with whoever took it. Pursued by both the police and the Mafia, the thieves find their options (and membership) steadily decreasing until ringleader Charlie Varrick decides to make one last desperate gambit… A watchable crime flick with some good action sequences, including a cat & mouse chase between a car and airplane, and a cheesy soundtrack of canned jazz that keeps it forever locked in the 70s. In the lead, Walter Matthau shuffles and mugs as usual while mob hitman Joe Don Baker scowls and smacks people around. But Matthau’s character never quite becomes the anti-hero the movie demands as it’s impossible to side with someone willing to kill people for the sake of a few thousand dollars. Strictly movie-of-the-week fare.

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garycornell
Jun 07, 2014

Walter Matthau was known for his comic roles but in Charley Varrick he is in a serious role. He ably handles the situation. I was surprised how good he is as a crook. Great story and a memorable movie!

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Monolith
Jul 06, 2012

Very slick bank heist flick from director and close friend of Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel (Dirty Harry, Escape From Alcatraz, etc.). Matthau was shmooth, man, didn't break a sweat. The Last Of The Independents. (lol) Joe Don Baker looked like a nutjob who really enjoyed his work, as the sadistic mob hitman. Driving '70s score from Lalo Schifrin, composer of the original "Mission Impossible" theme song. Just an all around clever film. FIVE STARS.

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Monolith
Jul 06, 2012

Molly (reading Charley's business card): " 'Charley Varrick, Last Of The Independents.' I like that. Has a ring of finality."

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Monolith
Jul 06, 2012

Maynard Boyle: "You need a rest, Harold. A long trip to someplace quiet. Another name, another country." Harold Young: "I can't start my life over again now." Maynard Boyle: "You don't have much choice, Harold. They're gonna try to make you tell where the money is. You know what kind of people they are. They're gonna strip you naked and go to work on you with a pair of pliers and a blowtorch."

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