Lee Marvin and Gene Hackman go head-to-head: PRIME CUT review

This is a bizarre 1970’s action thriller about a no-nonsense hit man (Lee Marvin) who is sent to Kansas City to settle a debt with a man with a woman’s name, Mary Ann (Gene Hackman), who is indebted to the Chicago mob for 500 large. Mary Ann is a cattle rancher and we quickly find out that he is a bit of a bastard who not only grinds his enemies into hotdogs, but sells women as sex slaves. Everyone needs a hobby I guess. Prime Cut is directed by Michael Ritchie (The Golden Child, Fletch) and the beautiful Sissy Spacek (Carrie) debuts as a doped up hooker. It is an undeservingly overlooked film. Christ only knows why… It’s macho, violent for its time and very entertaining.

Prime Cut has machine guns, titty flashing, good action scenes, a strong cast and a great score by Lalo Schifrin. Memorable scenes include Lee Marvin and Sissy Spacek being chased across a wheat-field by soon-to-be-dead badguys in a God-damned Combine Harvester, the making of sausages (in one of the coolest openings ever) and a guy called Weenie who attacks Lee Marvin with a… weenie. I recommend this movie to 70’s action movie buffs and especially to Lee Marvin and Gene Hackman fans. Some of my favorite films are Lee Marvin films (The Dirty Dozen, Gorky Park etc.) Few men can play it so cool and seem to do so little, but do so much. And Gene Hackman? Oh man, don’t even get me started on Gene Hackman; The French Connection 1 and 2, Night Moves, Bat 21, The Conversation – Words can’t begin to describe just how badass this guy is.

Prime Cut
Release year: 1972
Country: USA
Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Lee Marvin, Gene Hackman, Sissy Spacek
This is a bizarre 1970's action thriller about a no-nonsense hit man (Lee Marvin) who is sent to Kansas City to settle a debt with a man with a woman's name, Mary Ann (Gene Hackman), who is indebted to the Chicago mob for 500 large. Mary Ann is a cattle rancher and we quickly find out that he is a bit of a bastard who not only grinds his enemies into hotdogs, but sells women as sex slaves. Everyone needs a hobby I guess. Prime Cut is directed by Michael Ritchie (The Golden Child, Fletch) and the beautiful Sissy Spacek (Carrie) debuts as a…

RCC Rating:

Style and coolness
Actors
Story and violence
Sausages
Gritty '70s look

Great

User Rating: 1.6 ( 1 votes)

One comment

  1. “Prime Cut” was very enjoyable. Hackman and Marvin made a great pair on the screen.

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