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A thief and his mate rob a Las Vegas casino even after a mobster orders him not to.

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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

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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:
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  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003M986UM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,827 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Machine Gun Mccain (Ws Sub)" on IMDb

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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I owned this DVD (Italian version) for a short while and was blown over by this movie. The premise/plot was fairly basic - lone hood hits a casino owned by the wrong cats - but the style of cinematography and the quality of both the acting and editing made it (IMO) an outstanding example of stylish late `60s/'70s cinema.

The Blue Underground blu-ray expands this experience significantly. Instantly, you're hit by an avalanche of authentic film grain that adds texture and mood to the location scenes of LA, `Frisco and especially Vegas. Dig those gritty neon lights!

At times the picture, especially facial features, look a tad soft but that's probably reflective of the source and doesn't really detract from the enjoyment. It's a gritty urban late `60s picture - and this transfer captures that perfectly.

Also, the acting quality is very high - Cassavettes, Falk, Eckland...OK she wasn't much of an actress but as an icon/sex symbol, they sure don't make glamour gals like her anymore. Beats Christina Hendricks any day of the week.

Bottom line: this is another Blu-Ray winner that illustrates the format's massive superiority over DVD. I recommend this to any fan of movies of that era who want to see it done authentically. Watching this was a really satisfying experience - looking forward to checking it out many more times
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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." It was a kind of poor man's "Rififi" set partially in Brazil and was quite carefully worked out and clever ending. It was somewhat a success. In 1970, he got a great cast lined up for a Mafia crimesploitation epic titled "Machine Gun McCain" and had the idea to cast John Cassavetes as the lead and added Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk to the cast with Britt Ekland for scenery and Blue Underground put it out now in blu-ray. Montaldo is quite versatile but again the end result is a poor man's expose on violence and becomes a bit underwhelming. But the blu-ray is cheap enough and you could do worse for it. You may want to hold out for the original films these two cookies get cut from. The Blue Underground blu-ray also contains a 23 min. interview with Montaldo and English and Italian trailers, color.
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GREAT MOB MOVIE FROM THE SIXTIES.THANK'S BLUE UNDERGROUND,FOR BRINGING THIS MOVIE OUT ON DVD
[BLUE RAY]! EXCELLENT QUALITY,CRISP AND CLEAR AND THE AUDIO AND SOUNDTRACK IS WELL DONE.
GIULIANO MONTALDO'S MASTER PIECE,(ALSO KNOWN AS AKA-CANDY LEG'S FROM THE BOOK) AS FAR AS I'M CONCER'D.JOHN CASSAVETES WAS AT THE HEIGHT OF HIS CAREER WHEN HE MADE THIS MOVIE,TOUGH GUY
STYLE AS ALWAY'S.THE GREATIOUS GENA ROWLANDS(JOHN'S WIFE)EVEN THOUGH SHE HAD A SMALL ROLE
GAVE AN OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE FOR HER PART.BRITT EKLAND,THE HOTTIE FROM THE SIXTIES GAVE
A GODD PERFORMANCE AS WELL.PETER FALK(COLUMBO)WAS SUPERB! ROUNDING OUT THE CAST FROM THE
SIXTIES SPAGHETTI WESTERN ERA,LUIGI PISTILLI(FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE,THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY,
AND THE GREAT SILENCE) TONY KENDALL FROM COUNTLESS SPW'S.THEN,THERE IS GABRIELE FERZETTI(HEY,MR.
CHOO-CHOO,ONCE A UPON A TIME IN THE WEST)AS THE UNDER BOSS FROM THE EAST COAST MOB.ENNIO
MORRICONNE'S THEME WELL STICK IN YOUR HEAD FOR DAY'S.I HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
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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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