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Machine Gun Mccain (Ws Sub) (1969)

John Cassavetes , Peter Falk , Giuliano Montaldo  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Cassavetes, Peter Falk, Britt Ekland, Gena Rowlands
  • Directors: Giuliano Montaldo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Anamorphic, Widescreen, NTSC, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003M986UM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,617 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Machine Gun Mccain (Ws Sub)" on IMDb

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An action-packed crime thriller from Italy, Machine Gun McCain features a live-wire performance by legendary actor-director John Cassavetes in the title role, a gunman who settles his score against the Mob in a hail of bullets. Sprung from prison by his son, hardened criminal Hank McCain discovers that his freedom was bought by West Coast gangster Charlie Adorno (Peter Falk) to use him as muscle for a casino robbery. Adorno's brazen heist sets off a gang war between factions on both coasts, with McCain taking the rap; what neither side realizes is that Hank McCain--and his submachine gun--should never be counted out. Lean, mean, and rife with both ballistic and emotional violence, Machine Gun McCain is a terrific example of the unique crime movies made in Italy during the 1970s, and highlighted by solid performances by not only Cassavetes but wife Gena Rowlands, future collaborator Falk (they made Husbands shortly after this film), Britt Ekland as McCain's love interest, and Eurocult vet Florinda Bolkan. Fans of composer Ennio Morricone will also appreciate his energetic score, highlighted by the bombastic title song. Blue Underground's widescreen, subtitled DVD includes a 22-minute interview with director Giuliano Montaldo (Sacco & Vanzetti), who discusses the challenges of working with an overpowering personality like Cassavetes, as well as both the English language and Italian trailers. --Paul Gaita

Product Description

After serving 12 years behind bars for armed robbery, tough guy Hank McCain finds himself the pawn of a ruthless mob runt's rebellion against a high level don. When McCain discovers that he's been betrayed and abandoned by his new employer, he retaliates with a high stakes Las Vegas casino heist that erupts into all-out war on the streets of Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Not blood, nor lust, nor wedding vows can come between McCain and his money...or his machine gun.

This long-unavailable gangster classic explodes on the screen with spectacular scenes of shocking violence, an unforgettable score by Ennio Morricone (THE UNTOUCHABLES), and an all-star cast featuring Academy Award(r) nominees John Cassavetes (THE DIRTY DOZEN), Peter Falk (COLUMBO), and Gena Rowlands (THE NOTEBOOK). Co-starring beautiful Bond girl Britt Ekland (THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN) and cult fave Florinda Bolkan (DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING), Blue Underground is proud to present MACHINE GUN McCAIN in a gorgeous new High Definition transfer for the first time ever on home video!

EXTRAS:
Interview with Director Giuliano Montaldo
English Trailer
Italian Trailer


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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Britt Ekland is one of a kind October 3, 2010
By Imi
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
First, I got this blu ray for Britt Ekland. I have never seen a more beautiful model or actress. Believe me, I've looked. When I see the quality of this transfer on a 60 inch 1080p screen, it's hard to believe that this movie was made in the 1960s. The work met my highest hopes. If you have this movie on VHS, or standard def on your DVR, then expect to be impressed by the image quality. One complaint is that the extras are almost non-existant.
The movie is pretty good if you like that type of thing. I must warn some viewers that Britt Ekland is not treated the way any woman deserves. The sex scene is creepy because of this, but I don't want to give away any more of the movie. This is a must have for any Britt Ekland fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good looking and stylish but not much else October 30, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
John Cassavettes, Peter Falk and Gena Rowlands co-star in another of their lacerating studies of the everyday despair at the heart of the American dream in Machine Gun McCain... Nah, just kidding. Giuliano Montaldo's relentlessly nihilistic thriller sees Cassavettes sprung from jail by the son he's only seen twice in his life and holds in contempt as a small timer to pull a Vegas casino heist which has really been masterminded by Peter Falk's rising mobster. Unfortunately Falk, who does a neat line in channelling early Bogart here, finds out that the casino in question is owned by his mob bosses and tries to call off the heist, but McCain has ideas of his own...

It's a good looking and stylish film, but that isn't enough to compensate for the absence of anyone to root for: everyone here is a self-centred bastard callously using everyone and anyone else. Unfortunately, McCain, played with a typical bad-taste-in-his-mouth sneer and smoke-in-his-eyes half-squint by Cassavettes, simply isn't an interesting enough bastard to overcome his callous indifference to violence - he's the kind of man who'll smile at a hatcheck girl while planting a diversionary bomb that could kill her and who registers no emotion when those supposedly closest to him are killed until the unconvincing ending. Like all the characters, he exists in a world outside the law and morality, where it's the mob who have their own covert police force and hold their own trials and executions: the sole representative of the forces of law and order is a Vegas sheriff who is easily dissuaded from investigating a series of bombings and leave it to the gangsters to sort out among themselves.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Short'n sweet; Film 5 Stars//BD 4.

What a fantastic find. Blue Underground is fastly becomming my fav studio for Blu-rays. I have been watching films for a long time, but still can find hidden gems like Giuliano Montaldo's: Machine Gun McCain thanks to them.

If you want the film's synopsis, please read Amazon's, cause it hits the mark. Be warned, though, this film comes with a tonne of style, an amazing score (Ennio Morricone!!!) and a BIG punch. Hank McCain is the main character played by John Cassavetes who is just brillient. Nobody F___s with McCain!

The Blu-ray itself is very high quality with great picture and sound (DTS HD mono) for a movie that is 41 years old. Be warned, there is some excess grain in the wide open shots (not so many), but for the most the picture is clear and colourful. Extras are tight with just the 23 min Interview with Director Giuliano Montaldo and 2 trailers.

Highly recommended.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Euro-American Crime Movie August 25, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Blue Underground has done it again with this visually stunning transfer of Italian Director Giuliano Montaldo's crime epic 'MACHINE GUN MCCAIN'. I first saw this movie about 15 years ago on Cinemax with a pan and scan OK print which I taped. I loved the feel and grittiness of the subject matter and was really anticipating this release. It was worth the wait. The widescreen negative looks brand spanking new with bright colors showing off the technicolor image and the sound is aurally magnificent. Montaldo shot this film in the US with both Euro and American actors as he did his other great heist movie from 1967 'GRAND SLAM'. John Cassavetes is excellent as the title character lured into another job after being released from prison. The cast is awesome: Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands, Britt Ekland at her most beautiful, Euro stars Florinda Bolkan, Luigi Pistilli from 'THE GOOD, THE BAD ,& THE UGLY' ,Gabriele Ferzetti who also worked with Sergio Leone and played Diana Riggs father in the best of the non Connery Bonds 'ON HER MAJESTYS SECRET SERVICE' 'and Tony Kendall from countless Euro Spy movies just to name a few. The film is like a cross between the Mafia crime dramas and poliziotteschi films which cropped up in the early seventies. Montaldo weaves his story creating a work of mythic porportions around Mccain's character with an ethereal music score by maestro Ennio Morricone. It also harkens back to the gangster films of director Raoul Walsh such as 'HIGH SIERRA' and 'WHITE HEAT' with the anti hero moving through one crisis after another till his inevitable demise. It also contains a great interview with the director which makes Blue Underground one of the best companies in preserving these underrated Euro artists for future generations. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Anemic and Star-studded Italian Crimesploitation
Giuliano Montaldo was known for directing the Italian-French-German heist film with a great cast including Edward G. Robinson and Janet Leigh 1967's "Grand Slam. Read more
Published 4 months ago by V. Risoli
2.0 out of 5 stars An old fashioned "B-" movie
It is like a "Spagetti Western" with the mob and Las Vegas. Can't believe Peter Falk and John Cassavettes got into this one.
Published 4 months ago by Patti Merkt
5.0 out of 5 stars I was in this movie.
B-movie, but I was in it, so i had to love it.i may be a little hard to find me because I was always ducking to avoid bullets.
Published 11 months ago by cricket
2.0 out of 5 stars save your money on this one
Don't buy. Blue ray & sound OK nothing special. A couple of actors on the way down willing to play any terrible part. Read more
Published 14 months ago by ronald kaufman
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy film for casting, and nothing else!
I want to love this film, but I can't. There are no bigger fans of Cassavetes, Falk, and Rowlands than me. Read more
Published on June 22, 2012 by Robert M. Khoury
4.0 out of 5 stars cassavetes best mercenary role
Blue Underground ought to be lauded for bringing this B-Movie classic back to life. It stars Peter Falk as an intractable and power-hungry mobster, Cassavetes as an unstoppable... Read more
Published on May 2, 2012 by Ben from San Diego
3.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!
The movie was ok it build you up then just ended your like what happen like there should have been more to it
Published on January 21, 2011 by D. Hayes
4.0 out of 5 stars Better-than-average Italian crime flick
With a plot inspired by American film noir and a cast dominated by John Cassavetes' stock company, "Machine Gun McCain" is exceptionally well done. Read more
Published on December 10, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars You've done it again, McCain
"Machine Gun McCain" is the thinking person's gangster movie. Perhaps it is John Cassavetes' brooding performance that brings this edge to director Giuliano Mondaldo's thrilling... Read more
Published on December 1, 2010 by David Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Italian gangster flick
A great gangster film from start to finish. From the opening scene this film will have you hooked. A great score by the legendary Ennio Morricone and great performances by John... Read more
Published on October 16, 2010 by JuiceUp
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