This 1973 film hands Robert Duvall a starring role as Macklin, a small-time crook, just released from prison. He learns that the Syndicate are after him, and have killed his brother, as they were unaware that they had stolen money from this `Outfit'. Accompanied by his girlfriend (Karen Black), he enlists the help of his friend Cody ( Joe Don Baker), and sets out to get revenge. He does this by robbing all of the undercover operations run on behalf of The Outfit, stealing a fortune in the process. Over time, he gets ever nearer to the head of this anonymous organisation ( Robert Ryan, in one of his last films), becoming a thorn in their side.
This feels like a B film, in every way imaginable, yet is none the worse for that. The 1970′s cars and clothes, the flat colours of the cinematography, and uninspired locations, all seem to add to the atmospheric feel. The lead actors are all suitably dowdy, and therefore more believable, and there are a few wonderfully overblown cameos from some bit-part actors on the way.
This is certainly not a landmark film, but it is interesting, and different, so worth a watch.