#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – A professional hit man is planning to retire, always a difficult move for one in such a profession. A young apprentice appears to be eager to learn all the skills of the trade – but is that all he wants?
Plot: Arthur Bishop is a veteran hit man who, owing to his penchant for making his targets’ deaths seem like accidents, thinks himself an artist. It’s made him very rich, but as he hits middle age, he’s so depressed and lonely that he takes on one of his victim’s sons, Steve McKenna, as his apprentice. Arthur puts him through a rigorous training period and brings him on several hits. As Steven improves, Arthur worries that he’ll discover who killed his father.
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Charles Bronson Thriller with a wallop of an ending
Fascinating film about the life and lifestyle of a professional hit-man, a Mechanic, and how dangerous that lifestyle can be not just for the person that gets “Hit” but also for the “Hitman” himself. Arthur Bishop, Charles Bronson, is the top “Mechanic” in the business and we see in the beginning of the movie how he does his job.
Getting his orders through the mail Bishop sets up his victim by casing out his hotel room and then planting an explosive in his bookcase and rigging his gas-range to leak slowly so he wouldn’t notice. Then wait hidden ,across the street facing his intended victim’s room, until the time is right for him to get off a shot. Not at the victim but at the bookcase to make it look like the he died in a tragic accident instead of an assassins bullet.
You see this all happening in the first fifteen minutes of the movie without a single word of dialog but it’s done so well that you know exactly what’s happening on the screen. The “hit job” that Bishop had at the start of the movie turned out to be a flaming success.
One afternoon Bishop gets a call from a old friend “Big” Harry, Keenan Wynn. McKenna about some trouble he’s having with the organization and if Bishop can help him out. Being that Bishop’s father was one of the founders of the organization “Big” Harry feels he can get whatever trouble he has with it smooths out. Bishop tells “Big” Harry he’ll see what he could do.
The next morning Bishop gets an envelope in the mail from the organization for his next hit and the person Bishop is contracted to knock off is non other then “Big” Harry. Going through the motions as usual Bishop plans his “Hit” on “Big” Harry with cold calculations and no emotions at all even though he knew “Big” Harry since he was a little boy.
Getting “Big” Harry to meet him in a secluded place by the beach Bishop takes a number of shot at him but not trying to kill him but to induce “Big” Harry to have a fatal heart attack which he does. This is doe by Bishop so that the police and maybe even his fellow mobsters wouldn’t be suspicious of any foul play in “Big” Harry’s death.
“Big” Harry’s son Steve, Jan-Michael Vincent who Bishop met when he came to see “Big” Harry begins to take a very strong liking to him after his fathers death. It’s as if Steve wanted Bishop to be his fathers replacement. Even though at the time when Bishop saw Steve with his father they weren’t exactly that close and Steve seemed to have a dislike and resentment for his dad even at his funeral that Bishop attended.
It seems that Steve wants to become a “Mechanic” like Bishop and wants to learn the tools of the trade from him, who’s the best in the business. Steve likes Bishop’s pad in the country and fancy sports car and most of all the danger of his job that is very exciting for the young man who was bored with his life of unending parties. You start to wonder if thats really the reason Steve is so interested to be around Bishop? Does Steve want to get even with Bishop, who Steve seems to know, killed his father? And why does Bishop seem to be so agreeable with Steve in teaching him about the art of killing in secret? Or is Bishop not as naive as he seems to be and is setting Steve up for something?
Intelligent film about the dirty business of the assassination game with Charles Bronson and Jan- Michael Vincent very good as cold-blooded killers who show no emotion at what they do. Slow in the action department, for a Charles Bronson movie, at first but better acted and written then most of the movies that he made back then in the 1970’s. With an ending that’s one of the best and most surprising finals you’ll ever see in any movie.
Hit-man Story is a McGuffin
The crime story of THE MECHANIC is just a front for the real story of a failed father son relationship. Many people who would see this film would probably point out holes in logic of the film, for example when Bishop (Bronson) learns what Steve (Vncent) may be up to, instead of killing him, he still takes him on as his partner.
When critics talked about the AUTEUR THEORY (the mistakenly felt that only the director of a film could be the auteur. In this film, the true Autuer is the screenplay writer John Lewis Carlino. The relationship between Arthur Bishop and Steve McKenna is similar in ideas he would explore in his films THE SAILOR WHO FELL FROM GRACE WITH THE SEA, and THE GREAT SANTINI. Michael Winner the director, is almost the book cover printer and presenter of Carlino’s vision.
In a strange way, Arthur Bishop is rather similar to the recently passed Michael Jackson. Neither had good relationships with their father. They went into the professions that either their fathers where in, or where trying to get them in. Their childhoods were lacking. We sense from Bishop that his father did not give him the love that he so desperately wanted. The places he goes to are places that one might take children, a Wax Museum, an Aquarium, look at the scene where he looks at the window display, which displays to me things a child would want. From what we know about Bishop’s father, with story of the fishing boat trip to Canada, this was a very cold man to his son Arthur. As Arthur sadly says, “That was a long time ago”.
People ask, why would Bishop take the young McKenna under his wings. While their were homosexual underpinnings in the original story, here the underpinning of the Bishop character are his desperation to be something of a father that he never had. Had McKenna been a little boy, he would not have trained him to be a killer, but certainly would have taken him to “the places for children” that he goes to. We see that Steve had a sour relationship with his father Harry (Kennan Wynn) though the father has tried to provide everything for his sons comforts, a son he does not understand. Steve says that he wanted to be like his father, not just a front, and he mentions that his father did not like his friends, and that he is not sure he likes them as well. What Steve does not know, but actually says, is that “Harry was his kind of man”. Steve will sadly show, that he to is not such a good friend to Bishop. When Bishop learns of the possibility that Steve will try to kill him, he continues on with him because of his hope that they will have a relationship, though as we will learn, Bishop has plans for Steve if he does betray that relationship. Even when Bishop realizes that he has been poisoned by Steve, and will die,he asks him if he is being killed because Arthur killed his father Harry, I sense that Bishop is hoping for an affirmative response from Steve, hoping that Steve did it for his father, and perhaps before dying would warn Steve about the trap that he set. However, with Steve’s callous answer “Oh you killed him, and I just thought he died”,Steve has not just betrayed rules, he has betrayed the Father-Son relationship.
What LAST TANGO was to Brando, MECHANIC is to Bronson. In his performance we see the pain that Bronson might have felt for the coal mining Father he never knew, and did not get the love from. In the scene with Jill Ireland as the prostitute who puts on an act of love for Arthur Bishop, Bronson shows for the moment before he carries Ireland off to bed, a vulnerable human being, and somewhat shows how much he really loved Jill Ireland, his true life wife.
Many critics at the time were frustrated by this film. They somewhat admired it, especially Bronson’s performance. They felt that their was a great film in the material. I think they may have not understood it. With the few films that Carlino made, I think many could go back to it like Roger Ebert, and really see it in a new light. Even on Steve Mckenna, the young man of 1972, would now be some ruthless head of a conglomerate today, and shows the failings of our society, people who do not want to live by a set of rules. While Steve McKenna meets his fate in the end, we sadly perhaps today have many Steve McKennas running our country and businesses, people now in their late 50’s and early 60’s. So much for the cultural revolution of the 60’s.
The MECHANIC may not be great film, but unlike some “great films”, it is rich with ideas, and can be watched over and over again. Also, Charles Bronson was never better.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 40 min (100 min)
Genre Action, Crime, Thriller
Director Michael Winner
Writer Lewis John Carlino (screenplay), Lewis John Carlino (story)
Actors Charles Bronson, Jan-Michael Vincent, Keenan Wynn, Jill Ireland
Production Company Chartoff-Winkler Productions
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length 2,735 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman 100T 5254)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm