Prime Cut (1972) - Rotten Tomatoes

Prime Cut (1972)




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In this unusual crime thriller, the countryside becomes the homeplace for evil, and the cityscape is a relatively peaceful place. "Mary Ann" is the odd name for Gene Hackman's character, a scandalous cattleman who rips off meat-packing plants while pimping girls and running drugs. The quasi-gangster heads of the meat-packing plants arrange for Nick Devlin (Lee Marvin), a real gangster, to teach this creep a lesson. Thrilling momenta at a county fair and in wheatfields demonstrate that car chases aren't the only way to build suspense in action scenes.


Lee Marvin
as Nick Devlin
Gene Hackman
as "Mary Ann"
Angel Tompkins
as Clarabelle
Howard Platt
as Shaughnessy
Les Lannom
as O'Brien
Therese Reinch
as Jake's Girl
Bob Wilson
as Reaper Driver
Gordon Signer
as Brockman
Gladys Watson
as Milk Lady
Hugh Gillin
as Desk Clerk
P. Lund
as Mrs. O'Brien
Craig Chapman
as Farmer Bob
Jim Taksas
as Big Jim
Wayne Savagne
as Freckle Face
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Critic Reviews for Prime Cut

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1)

Prime Cut is very different from the usual gangster movie; it's put together almost like a comic strip, with all of the good and bad things that implies, and the Marvin character has more in common with superheroes than with mobsters.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A much greater fault is the way the film constantly pulls its punches; half of the film's climaxes don't feel quite right because they're not sufficiently climactic.

January 7, 2020 | Full Review…

Enchantingly perverse fairy-tale

September 25, 2009 | Full Review…

A imbecilidade deste filme pode ser resumida pela ridícula cena de perseguição envolvendo uma ceifadeira. Não vale nem como curiosidade por ter marcado a estréia de Spacek no cinema.

May 12, 2006 | Rating: 1/5

A prime piece of machismo.

February 18, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

more watchable than it ought to be

June 20, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Prime Cut


Violent both in action and intention. Exposing some of the seamy underbelly of the seemingly docile Midwest. Fantastic acting by Marvin, Hackman and a very young Sissy Spacek. The beginning is not for the squeamish.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Sissy Spacek made her film debut in this sleazy but energetic crime thriller about big-times gangsters and the slaughterhouse they use to convert their enemies into sausage is a highly entertaining gangster film with co-stars Lee Marvin and Gene Hackman. Michael Ritchie takes iconic actors like Marvin and Hackman, who only have to be visible to make an effect. He puts in lots of destruction of property, and neo-Nazi blond bad boys falling by the score. There's shotguns and submachine guns and carnivorous farm equipment and 18-wheel trucks and all sorts of unlikely weapons. And the usual movie dichotomy of country good, city bad is stood on its head, with agriculture fairs and cornfields and sunflower fields as dangerous to life and limb as you could hope for (paging Alfred Hitchcock!). And young Spacek looked so beautiful and hot in her nudity scenes. Whooo!

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

This movie made me kinda sick. Nothing like women being sold like meat to make you feel all good inside.

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

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