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  • Actors: Robert Duvall, Karen Black, Joe Don Baker, Robert Ryan, Timothy Carey
  • Directors: John Flynn
  • Writers: John Flynn, Donald E. Westlake
  • Producers: Carter DeHaven
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: November 6, 1996
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304286848
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,164 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

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.

Customer Reviews

One of Robert Duvall's best.
Richard E. Rian
One great aspect of this film is how Flynn is able to make this a thought-provoking crime film with characters who are multi-demensional and well-defined.
It has some pretty good action and the ending was not quite what I expected - which is great, because I like surprise endings.
Love Our Military Men

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Harley Rider on October 17, 2003
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This movie is yet another of the untold examples for why I'd like to pound the heads of the movie production execs. When is this going to be released on DVD? Okay enough ranting, I'll get to the specifics.

A small time hood Macklin (Robert Duvall) is released from prison just in time to find out a couple of killers shot his brother. The bank they robbed was run by the syndicate. Its the classic crime deal gone wrong scenario. When a killer comes after him also, he ruthlessly sets out for revenge with the aid of his friend Cody (Joe Don Baker.)

This thriller moves with contiguous action. There aren't any unnecessary scenes. I credit the fast paced direction of John Flynn (who also co-wrote the excellent script.) This was only his third movie as a director, and believe me, this doesn't contain any of the corny stuff found in "Out To Justice."

Duvall makes a convincing ruthless thug. Its a scary portrayal. There are solid performances all around from an excellent supporting cast, consisting not only of the aforementioned Joe Don Baker, a gorgeous Sheree North (cameo), in addition to three of Hollywood's late great legendary icons of the classic film noir days: Elisha Cook, Jr. (Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, The Gangster, et al); Jane Greer (Out of the Past, The Big Steal); and in his last film appearance, the great Robert Ryan (The Set Up, The Racket, et al).

Now if the production companies would stop putting out retarded remakes 60s/70s shows (hello!!!) and give us restored classics like this one our Saturday nite's would always be fly. Criterion, please save us!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John J. Pocsik on March 6, 2011
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One of my favorite authors is Richard Stark (the wonderful Donald Westlake on a "bad" day).
He created perhaps the greatest anti-hero in hardboiled crime fiction: Parker - no first or last name. His first book was THE HUNTER, wherein Stark set Parker against "The Outfit", seeking
loot money he felt was owed him. Parker was implacable, unstoppable -and it took him three books - rising through the criminal food chain - to finally get what he felt was unjustly his. Lee Marvin made the perfect "Parker" - "Walker", actually: Westlake would not allow them to use Parker's name, as I understand it. And director John Boorman captured the essence of Parker in the strange, time-fragmented version of THE HUNTER: POINT BLANK.

A few years later, John Flynn decided to film THE OUTFIT, the third volume of the series. He did it in a very straight-forward, non-"arty" manner which captured the drive of Stark's prose. Robert Duvall plays "Macklin", still out to get his dough; Joe Don Baker is his buddy Handy. It's not a classic by any means; but, oddly, it does carry you along, wondering if Macklin will be able to bring The Outfit to its knees and its head, Robert Ryan, into a permanently comatose state of non-being.

This is a Warner DVD-R. Image is dark and bit soft; but - hey! - it put me back into that shoebox multi-cinema of beloved memory. I had a blast. Stark fans: buy it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. C. Clark III on October 4, 2008
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This is one of those great seventies crime melodramas, lean and mean, thrilling and amoral. It's got two of the most important elements of these films: pump shotguns and .45s. Duvall and Baker are ruthless and professional pursuing their vendetta. The supporting cast is tremendous, down to the small parts played by many veterans of similar films. Marie Windsor, Elisha Cook, Henry Jones, among others. Felice Orlandi plays a creep named Orlandi, and the great John Milius regular Roy Jensen has a nice moment or two. Best of all, Richard Jaeckel as a retired wheel man waxing about the VW Beetle he wants to hot rod. Look for the luscious Sheree North as a classic moll, and the great Robert Ryan in his last role. One of my faves, Joanna Cassidy, has an early part as Ryan's squeeze. Nothing profound here, just slam bang action. Where the heck is the DVD?????
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Smrz on May 28, 2013
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This 1973 Neo-Noir film delivers a punch to the gut with excellent performances, direction, and screenplay, all in top-notch form. This neglected film was Robert Duvall's 1st starring role and he delivers big-time playing Earl Macklin, a character based on Richard Stark's "Point Blank"(1967), hero "Parker". Macklin has just been released from jail and when he discovers that his brother has been knocked off by the Mob, he puts his revenge plan in motion despite overwhelming odds. He recruits his partner, Cody, played by Joe Don Baker, and starts his climb up the ladder to reach the #1 boss. The film is a Noir-lover's delight. It's co-stars include Robert Ryan, Jane Greer, Marie Windsor, Timothy Carey, Richard Jaeckel, and Elisha Cook, Jr. All are well known film-noir veterans. The cast also includes Karen Black as Macklin's girl, Archie Moore, Joanna Cassidy, and Sheree North. Robert Ryan's appearance was his last on film. From the opening 5 minute pre-credit sequence, to the final frames of the film, the action moves along very well. It is significant to note that Duvall made this film in between "The Godfather"(1972), and "The Godfather Part 2"(1974). Also, Joe Don Baker starred in his box-office smash "Walking Tall", also in 1973. So, both actors were in top-notch form as gunmen, in the film. The Director and Screenwriter was John Flynn, who adapted the film from the novel by Richard Stark. It is significant to note that Macklin is a free-lance robber who finds himself under attack from The Syndicate and chooses to engage in active retaliation. TCM screened this film on last Wednesday, 5-22, and it was hosted by Robert Osborne. The film was shown in the pan & scan version and I was delighted to see this film in Widescreen, 16x9, 1.85:1. The film is part of The Archive Collection by Warner Brothers. The remastered film is an excellent transfer. The film is truly an action-fan's delight! The running time is 103 minutes. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! SMRZ!!!
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