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.
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.
"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.
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.
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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