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The Outfit (1974)





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A two-bit criminal takes on the Mafia to avenge his brother's death in this drama based on a novel by Donald E. Westlake. Earl Macklin (Robert Duvall) is a small time criminal who is released from prison after an unsuccessful bank robbery only to discover that a pair of gunmen killed his brother. As it turns out, the bank that Earl and his brother hit was controlled by gangster Mailer (Robert Ryan). Macklin learns that he's on the mob's hit list as well, so he teams up with his old partner Cody (Joe Don Baker) to take on Mailer and his second in command, Jake Menner (Timothy Carey). The Outfit also features a top-notch supporting cast, including Karen Black, Sheree North, Joanna Cassidy, Richard Jaeckel, and Anita O'Day; Marie Windsor and Elisha Cook, Jr. also appear, 18 years after their memorable turn together in The Killing.

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Karen Black
as Bett Harrow
Timothy Carey
as Jake Menner
Sheree North
as Buck's Wife
Marie Windsor
as Madge Coyle
Bernd Hoffmann
as Jim Sinclair
Bern Hoffman
as Jim Sinclair
Felice Orlandi
as Frank Orlandi
Eddie Ness
as Ed Macklin
Archie Moore
as Packard
Roy Roberts
as Caswell
Toby Anderson
as Parking Attendant
Phil Kenneally
as Bartender
Anita O'Day
as Herself
Tom Reese
as 1st Man
Tony Young
as Accountant
John Steadman
as Gas Station Attendant
Paul Genge
as Payoff Man
Tony Trabert
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for The Outfit

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

An outline of the plot would make it sound pretty routine, but what makes the picture superior is its richness of detail.

October 28, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Shootouts, backstabbing, heists, hitmen, dangerous women, collateral damage, and an explosive finale are correspondingly on the menu for this gritty, slow-burn, revenge epic.

August 30, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The Outfit remains something to avoid -- even on a rainy day.

October 28, 2019 | Full Review…

A violent film that knows where it wants to go and dazzles in the efficiency on how excitingly it gets there.

February 9, 2005 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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