Machine Gun McCain (1970)
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as Hank McCain
as Charlie Adamo
as Rosemary Scott
as Irene Tucker
as Don Francesco DeMarco
as Don Salvatore
as Jack McCain
as Joni Adamo
as Margaret DeMarco
as Abe Stilberman
as Duke Mazzanga
as Joby Cuda
as Pete Zacari
as Gennarino Esposito
as Assunta Esposito
as Chuck Regan
as Joby Cudo
as Fred Tecosky
Critic Reviews for Machine Gun McCain
[A] minor, worthy entry [...] Cassavetes, like Gene Hackman, had access to a reserve of energy.
(T)his Italian-American crime movie cocktail has some great flavors in the mix, thanks to Cassavetes and to the unraveling chaos that director Montaldo follows to the bitter end.
Blue Underground rescues another solid and deserving B movie from the vaults with Machine Gun McCain, giving it one of the finest visual treatments they've produced to date.
an absorbing mixture of dramatic pathos and criminal intrigue, one of those rare gems of late-1960s international filmmaking that is all but unthinkable today
Audience Reviews for Machine Gun McCain
Cassavettes stars as the titular character, freed from prison early for use in a convoluted heist. He finds himself less interested in the job that everyone else has planned for him and more in his own agenda, building into some nicely done violence in the final reel. Co-starring a young Peter Falk and the always watchable Britt Ekland, this one is well worth a look. Rent that mother.
Okay but ultimately pointless foreign lensed actioner. The great Gena Rowlands is in and out of this in under fifteen minutes and still manages to be the best thing in it by far. Peter Falk is similarly underutilized. They and Cassavetes must have signed on to this to get money for one of his independent directoral efforts. Britt Ekland is beautiful but given little to do. If you favor heist movies this is an acceptable time passer but nothing more.
A bit of a disappointment, this would be a fairly unremarkable euro-crime thriller if it weren't set in Vegas and didn't star Falk, Cassavetes and Rowlands. I'll watch anything with any of those three actors in it let alone all three at the same time. Unfortunately Falk and Cassavetes never meet in the film, and Rowlands is only in it for ten minutes; though she is particularly stunning in this one. As the story falls flat and the characters remain relatively one-dimensional, there's just nothing particularly compelling here. Not to mention that the dubbing is absolutely awful. Then there was the unnecessary serial-like narration that would just sort of cut in at random moments. Still, it's not a horrible film, and it certainly has a few good moments along with a nifty little Morricone score. The times that Rowlands and Cassavetes are on screen together is gold, as usual. It's definitely worth a watch, I just wanted to feel more for the characters than I did.
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