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Charley Varrick

7.51 h 50 min197315
Charley Varrick is a small-time crook that outfoxes the Mob in this fast-paced offbeat thriller directed by Don Siegel. Academy Award winner Walter Matthau stars in a rare dramatic role, along with the powerful Joe Don Baker, as a tough Mafia hitman.
Don Siegel
Walter MatthauJoe Don BakerFelicia Farr
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Andrew RobinsonJohn VernonSheree NorthNorman FellWilliam SchallertJacqueline ScottBenson Fong
Don Siegel
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4.6 out of 5 stars

897 global ratings

  1. 72% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 18% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 7% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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Tony ByworthReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 March 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Charley Varrack stole the wrong kind of money!
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The early morning tranquillity in a small mid-western town is shattered by a bank heist that goes wrong, shootings and killings, and the robbers, led by Charley Varrick (WALTER MATTHAU), are on the run. But things get worse – the loot is hidden mafia money and they want it back. No argument, no deals, with a psycho hitman (JOE DON BAKER) tracking them down while Varrack creates a gameplan to escape.

One of my all-time favourites of the 1970s, it was directed by the highly accomplished DON SIEGEL, following in the wake of his previous achievements like “Coogan’s Bluff” and “Dirty Harry”. Like those films, he never wastes a moment in the storytelling, makes every sequence worthwhile and the characters memorable. Matthau creates a credible anti-hero (and won a BAFTA for his work in a film that, initially, gained greater respect in Britain than back home in the States) and is supported by an equally impressive cast that includes FELICIA FARR, ANDY ROBINSON, SHEREE NORTH and JOHN VERNON. Fine camerawork and music score, together with quality BluRay transfer and substantial Special Features – including the 75 minute “Last of the Independents: Don Siegel and the Making of ‘Charley Varrick’” – makes this a release to seek out.
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BLUECAPReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 April 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent thriller BUT technical problems playing disc
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Excellent Walter Matthau film which I had not seen for years. Simple plot. He and his gang rob a small mid-western town bank and after a deadly shoot-out get away with the cash bags only to find that they have stolen far more money than they expected and it dawns on them they have accidently hit a Mafia money-laundering bank. Then the chase is on, not only the police but the Mafia wanting their money back and they send a merciless brute of a man to get it and to survive Charley Varrick (Matthau) must use all his wits. I did however have technical problems with the disc. At first it refused to play so I coated it in disc cleaning spray for half an hour and then used the cleaning disc in my Samsung blu-ray player. It then played perfectly with good clean colour. I have had this problem before with another dvd from the same INDICATOR label for the disc of The New Centurions with George C. Scott and I got that one to work by using the same method spray and disc clean.
AGADReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 July 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Walter Matthau is Charley Varrick
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'Charley Varrick' (1973) is a film title that doesn't immediately jump out at you but, give it a chance and it will have you hooked. The film is directed by Don Siegel, he being someone that has worked closely with Clint Eastwood directing such films as 'Coogan's Bluff' (1968), 'Two Mules For Sister Sara' (1970), 'Dirty Harry' (1971) and 'The Beguiled' (1971) to name but a few.
The film stars Walter Matthau in the title role playing the character Charlie Varrick who is a struggling crop duster, looking to make ends meet by pulling off a bank robbery with his wife at the getaway driver and two other accomplices. By choosing a small American bank located in the middle of nowhere, the hope is that this should be a straight forward job. However, things start to go wrong from the onset when their car comes under suspicion by some local cops, who first challenged them on stopping outside the Western Fidelity Bank 'Tres Cruces' branch.
Following the robbery a shootout occurs and one of the robbers is killed and Charlie Varrick's wife is seriously injured albeit manages to drive them away from the scene.
It gets worse for Varrick after he has to say goodbye to his dying wife and blows up the vehicle to dispose of any evidence, when later on the realisation is that the money that they stole was Mafia dirty money, being rested at the bank from the proceeds of their business ventures.
In comes Molly, played by Joe Don Baker as the mafia hit-man and is tasked with uncovering who was behind the robbery and who knew that their money was held there?
Walter Matthau is good in this role, in fact Walter Matthau is an intelligent and very competent film actor and has made some memorable films such as 'Charade' (1963), 'The Odd Couple' (1968), 'The Laughing Policeman' A/K/A 'An Investigation Of Murder' (1973) and 'The Taking Of Pelham One, Two Three' (1974), and in his life has featured in over 100 productions.
The Blu-Ray release by Powerhouse Films is remastered in HD and is packed with extras that will give you a greater insight on the making of the film. It also comes with a rare 40 page booklet dedicated to the film. Catch this if you can....
4 people found this helpful
WeslakeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 December 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Blu ray review but the quality is of an average DVD
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This is a review of the blu ray 'remastered' edition of Charley Varrick and I'm not sure what the extent of the 'remastering' was because I have DVDs that are sharper. I'm guessing that if you buy this on DVD and play it on player that upscales you'll see the same quality as the blu-ray. The audio is mono and nothing special. The film itself is very good as others can advise. Perhaps one day a proper re-mastering job will be done on this film - it deserves it.
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R. ChapmanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 December 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good, solid entertainment but no masterpiece...
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,,,and not in the same league as, say, Point Blank or The Getaway, with which it has some similarities.
Good extras, including an over reverential feature-length appreciation, with interviews with some of the cast and crew and Siegal's son, Christopher Tabouri who, like Pat Hitchcock on her father;s films, offers personal insight and interesting anecdotes but can hardly be said to be objective.
To be fair, the screenwriter's son concedes that the source novel was not of the first rank, unlike Thomson, Goodis or Stark and Tabouis questions his father's Hitchcock cameo and another questions the vanity credit, A Siegal Film.
It's a heist gone wrong movie, with car chases, explosions and a 'cute' happy ending and is certainly not noir, not even neo-noir.
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JNFGAMBLER24-7Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 June 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic Film, And the Blu Ray quality is excellent
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The title says it all really. I remeber watching this film on TV in 70's as a kid and have watched it many times since. However the poor quality film made me decided to buy the Blu Ray copy. So many films are sold as Blu Ray but the quality is little improved from SD. However, in this case the quality is excellent, so I would recommend to anyone 5/5 Stars
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joe kiddReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 December 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Charlie Varrick..
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Don Siegel film starring Walter Matthau as Charlie Varrick. Made in 1973 this crime thriller still stands up today as it has a good story and a great cast. Charlie and his gang rob a small bank which unknown to them have mob connections. Joe Don Baker is hired by the mob boss played by John Vernon to track them down. .PQ is great in 1.85.1. will play in English audio on this region B German import
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Michael RawReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 December 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
A bit dated. But a good yarn and well set-up climax.
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I remember this film from the 70s and have always wanted to see it again. It is tad dated - 70s hair; 70s cars; 70s villains - but it's a neat well-told story which reaches a satisfying (and not entirely predictable) conclusion. Worth another look or, if you don't remember it, worth a look. Recommended.
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