A 1973 heist-and-pursuit action movie
directed by Don Siegel
, starring Walter Matthau
and Joe Don Baker
Walter Matthau is Charley Varrick, methodical leader of a bank robbery
gang. His gang hits the Tres Cruces Bank
, but his wife, another accomplice and a guard are killed. Varrick and the other surviving thief Harman Sullivan (played by Andrew Robinson
, the killer from Dirty Harry
) dispose of the bodies
and evidence and find that the haul
was much bigger than expected.
The Tres Cruces Bank is an uninsured private bank that happens to be a front for organized crime
. The mob was transferring funds through the bank the day it was hit and they are very upset about getting ripped off. Molly, a professional bad-ass
played by Joe Don Baker, is put on the case to punish the thieves more than to retrieve the money.
Molly pursues Varrick efficiently and Varrick is very clever about evading him. They both sleep with some hot broads, 70's style
. In the end, everyone gets what's coming to them.
Don Siegel had directed Clint Eastwood
in several movies immediately previous to this, especially Dirty Harry
. The same gripping and intense, but thoughtful style is reflected in Charley Varrick. Walter Matthau is very good as Varrick, particularly when showing restrained emotion when his wife dies. Joe Don Baker does an excellent cold-blooded killer
, and gets some awesome lines. Andy Thompson is spectacular as always. (I think that guy got typecast from Dirty Harry. He only plays evil dudes until Garak
on Deep Space Nine
The English title was "Kill Charley Varrick." The production title Don Siegel preferred was "The Last of the Independents
Recommended Highly for a Saturday Night Diversion.