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!
Interview with Director Giuliano Montaldo
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