Monday, May 30, 2011

Machine Gun McCain (1969)

Director: Giuliano Montaldo

Starring: John Cassavetes, Britt Ekland, Peter Falk, Gabriele Ferzetti, Luigi Pistilli, Gena Rowlands

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Even the Mafia Calls Him Mister!

Plot: Tough criminal Hank McCain gets released from prison after serving twelve years for armed robbery. Hank hooks up with his son Jack, who has devised a daring plan to rob a Las Vegas casino. Unbeknownst to Hank, Jack is also involved with volatile and ambitious mob capo Charlie Adamo, who uses Hank as a pawn so he can gain control of Vegas territory that's currently being run by the formidable Don Francesco De Marco.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? Nope.

Here we go again. If you have a movie called, MACHINE GUN McCAIN, then goddamnit have your main guy, whose name is McCain, USE A FUCKING MACHINE GUN and don't fucking wait until the last 5 minutes of the movie for him to even pick one up and use it and even then, barely use it! FUCK, this shit pisses me off. You've got a great cast (Falk and Cassavetes as gangsters? I'm so on this) and it's a late 60s Italian crime picture AND it's called, MACHINE GUN McCAIN? What am I waiting for? Whatever the wait was, it wasn't worth it.

Falk and Cassavetes are the best reason I can give to seek this out. They're always fun to watch. There's very little action in the allotted 91 minutes and the pacing makes it feel like a whole lot more. This was most disappointing and not even Falk, Cassavetes or Ennio Morricone's score could save it.

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