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Charley Varrick (1973)




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In this compact, fast-paced action thriller, a bank robber really messes up when he and his avaricious young partner accidentally knock over a Mafia-controlled New Mexico bank. As a result, the two find themselves pursued by a cold-blooded hit man who will not stop until he gets his men.

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Walter Matthau
as Charley Varrick
Felicia Farr
as Sybil Fort
Andrew Robinson
as Harman Sullivan
John Vernon
as Maynard Boyle
Sheree North
as Jewell Everett
Norman Fell
as Mr. Garfinkle
Benson Fong
as Honest John
Woodrow Parfrey
as Howard Young
William Schallert
as Sheriff Bill Horton
Jacqueline Scott
as Nadine Varrick
Rudy Diaz
as Rudy Sanchez
Charlie Briggs
as Highway Deputy
Priscilla Garcia
as Miss Ambar
Scott Hale
as Mr. Scott
Hope Summers
as Miss Vesta
Monica Lewis
as Beverly
Jim Nolan
as Clerk
Craig R. Baxley
as Van Sickle
Al Dunlap
as Taxi Driver
Virginia Wing
as Chinese Hostess
Bob Steele
as Bank Guard
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Critic Reviews for Charley Varrick

All Critics (11)

The film, like Walter Matthau's lead performance, becomes more good-naturedly humorous as it proceeds, and marks something of a return for Siegel to the liberal softie he used to be.

March 18, 2020 | Full Review…

In movies like Charley Varrick, the laughter is cheap; it's accompanied only by snickers, and it leaves us degraded.

December 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Walter Matthau is excellent, and Joe Don Baker makes for a truly hissable villain.

November 17, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Don Siegel's excellent heist/escape movie makes an interesting juxtaposition to his Clint Eastwood films.

July 24, 2009 | Full Review…

Underrated Don Siegel heist drama

April 20, 2007 | Rating: 4/5

The plot gets overly contrived as Charley proceeds to anticipate his pursuers and out-maneuver them... But even more wondrous is how Matthau manages to exude so much warmth in one of the most sadistically violent movies of the season.

November 20, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Charley Varrick

The early 1970s were a golden age for gritty American crime films. There must have been something in the water. For films such as The French Connection, The Getaway, & The Friends of Eddie Coyle all to have come out in one 3 year period seems nothing short of miraculous. Sure you can point to the waning idealism of the 1960s, coupled with the country being dragged through the mud of the Watergate scandal, as being a good source of inspiration for these films, but how they were all superbly crafted by these different filmmakers is pretty fascinating. Yet, whether the stars were perfectly aligned or not, you can add Don Siegel's "Charley Varrick" to the canon of great crime films from this period. Right from the brilliantly staged opening heist, director Don Siegel takes you on quite a ride. The film is smartly paced. Siegel builds the tension while showing the minute details of this way of life. He knows when to hold back and when to quickly unleash. Varrick is such an interesting character. He doesn't seem to love the thrill of the crime. In fact, he only seems to have stumbled into it because his previous career path of stunt piloting disintegrated. He is smart, rational, but in way over his head. Speaking of Watergate, there must have been something cathartic about watching a reasonably good American take a piece of the pie from a crime syndicate that in my opinion, eerily resembles the American government. Efficiently run, but unfortunately by unscrupulous men. Even if we know his fate is likely sealed from the start, one can imagine that the American people must have been especially thrilled to see their money fall into the right hands for a change. In Don Siegel's America there seems to be no honest living. The world is run on luck, both good and bad. Siegel must have had some good luck working in his favor because Varrick is a smart thriller that offers an interesting look into the early 1970s American mindset.

Reid Volk
Reid Volk

Super Reviewer


An intelligent, discreet and very entertaining thriller by the master of pulp and badass-ness Don Siegel. Great performances by Joe Don Baker as the hitman Molly, and Walter Matthau as the crop-duster/bank robber Charley Varrick.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

Fantastic thriller, and one of the finest and smartest plots ever committed to film.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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