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Prime Cut (1972) - Paramount Widescreen Region 2 PAL, English audio & subtitles

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  • Actors: Lee Marvin, Gene Hackman, Sissy Spacek, Gregory Walcott, Angel Tompkins
  • Directors: Michael Ritchie
  • Format: Import, PAL, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Paramount CBS
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003OCX8Z0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,524 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Prime Cut (1972) - Paramount Widescreen Region 2 PAL, English audio & subtitles: Official Paramount Italian Region 2 PAL DVD release, as pictured but with Italian cover text. Aspect ratio 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen (as made), colour. Full audio options: English 2.0 Stereo, French / Italian / Spanish 1.0 Mono. Full subtitle options: As audio, plus Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Dutch, Swedish; English HOH. Runtime 83 mins. A Chicago mob enforcer is sent to Kansas City to settle a debt with a cattle rancher who not only grinds his enemies into sausage, but sells women as sex slaves.

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Finally released on region 2 DVD, "Prime Cut" is an unusual, darkly humorous, early 70's mob thriller. It is intelligently and wittily scripted, well directed (by Michael Ritchie) and very well acted by Lee Marvin and Gene Hackman. What sets it apart is that it is quirky without trying too hard i.e. it's not self-consciously trying to be clever, it's just effortlessly self-assured and entertaining. It has a maturity and laconic humour which most films these days can't hope to achieve. The Kansas settings are not the usual run-of-the mill locations of typical mob thrillers. The action is tough and uncompromising, but it's the dialogue and unusual character development which set it apart. The film takes time to show scenes which don't really advance the plot but show us more about characters e.g. Gene Hackman's character wrestling with his dim-witted brother; a milk-tasting competition in a country fair. Another bonus is the great music score by Lalo Schifrin and beautiful cinematography (by Gene Polito) of the landscape and cityscape. There's a particularly memorable scene where Marvin's character is in a car, racing purposefully along a dusty road through a farming landscape with threatening, grey rain clouds and lightning. The music and cinematography complement each other perfectly to give a sense of relentless purpose, menace and eerie beauty.
The sound and picture quality on this DVD release is excellent. A highly entertaining, tough, intelligent thriller with a sense of humour. It sits well with "Charley Varrick" and "The Outfit".
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'70's tough guy films were just that. Tough guys in tough neighbourhoods shooting the wrong guys. Lee Marvin is one of those charismatically understated cool guys who you just have to watch.

Prime Cut is one of my all-time guilty pleasures. Compact in length, full of invention and visual quirkiness. But, largely, set on a farm, with an agricultural show going on?

Very loosely, it follows many drug/crime/revenge thrillers but behind the greenhouses of that almost other side of US life; agriculture. That staple of American institutions - food! Honest, wholesome, natural. We're not talking about hill-billies eating their own young and such stuff, but an almost believable organised vice crime behind an unlikely front.

OK, I'm biased, having being brought up on a farm, where the sort of death by invention that transferred so well in Terminator etc goes beyond even my imagination. And, I've never seen a combine harvester do what it does here (enough said).

What makes it far more than a near horror flick is the human story, turning the action into a far deeper experience. I couldn't help falling for Sissy Spacek whose dreamy narcosis harks back to 1960's Peace & Love but the seedy intonations are far more creepy. As rich men looking for sex have always done, morals fly out of the window. To me, also, Marvin mirrors Michael Caine in another favourite of mine, "Get Carter", which turns from a routine revenge-for-killing into something far more personable and, almost, touching. Then, full scale, cat and mouse revenge!

At times, it does seem a bit chauvinistic but that "was" US crime thrillers of the '70s. The multicoloured suits, hairstyles and gas guzzlers all luridly illuminated by an offbeat directing talent with a refreshingly different backdrop will, as it did me for many years, remain in the memory long after the forgettable title did.
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I fine piece of hokum, a movie I have watched before. I bought this copy during a heavy bout of nostalgia, and enjoyed it just as much as before. It's just chewing gum, but passes a pleasant hour or so.
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I decided to watch this because of the UK meat crisis and this is a thoroughly enjoyable film unlike the beef we are being sold.
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HASH(0x9018739c) out of 5 stars Prime Time 3 Aug. 2015
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A fascinating piece of under-appreciated cinema. Poetic, off-beat, violent and humorous, this film contains Lee Marvin at his coolest and Sissy Spacek's glowing, ethereal cinematic debut. Fans of genuine cinema won't be disappointed. The transfer is excellent with minimal extras.
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HASH(0x9036f720) out of 5 stars Trim and Tough 17 Aug. 2015
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trim, tough, and unsparingly violent. This movie probably could not be made today. I know it couldn't because Lee Marvin is no longer with us or anybody that comes close to him. And let's not forget about the actress who plays Clarabelle. I think Clint Eastwood might have seen the ending and repeated it in Unforgiven.
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HASH(0x8fdb72c4) out of 5 stars Hood vs. Evil 19 Sept. 2015
By Rob - Published on Amazon.com
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Ever seen Film Noir in a Kansas wheat field? Here's your chance.
After Dirty Dozen, Lee Marvin was making some quirky, often dark movies. Prime Cut is such a weird slice of life, I've never been sure who to recommend it to. A Lee Marvin fan will certainly eat it up, but don't expect Cat Ballou or Point Blank. Marvin is a mob enforcer who has a code of honor as do his fellow henchmen. Or maybe it's that Gene Hackman's character is so evil practically anyone looks good next to him. Did I say he was evil? Gene could always play the villain, and he really locks it up this time. Ditto for his creepy, brutish brother. It seems director Ritchie is indicting the Sunbelt as a sinful wasteland as all the inhabitants seem evoke a sinister dark side. He emphasizes this with Hackman's thugs who are silent, blond, overall clad farmboys wielding shotguns and bloodlust. Marvin manages to lighten his grim task up with a twinkle in his eye now and then; just enough to let you know he's confident and competent to set things right. Give it a try, but be aware this is no kiddie show.
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HASH(0x904f4df8) out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 Aug. 2015
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Lee Marvin and Gene Hackman together!!
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HASH(0x8fdb73c0) out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 Aug. 2015
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terrific action and fine acting
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