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With: Lee Marvin, Gene Hackman, Angel Tompkins, Gregory Walcott, Sissy Spacek, Janit Baldwin, William Morey, Clint Ellison, Howard Platt, Les Lannom, Eddie Egan, Therese Reinsch, Bob Wilson, Gordon Signer, Gladys Watson, Wayne Savagne
Written by: Robert Dillon
Directed by: Michael Ritchie
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 88
Date: 06/28/1972
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Prime Cut (1972)

3 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Certainly one of the more bizarre movies made in Hollywood in the 1970s, Prime Cut stars Lee Marvin as Nick Devlin, a Chicago debt collector for hire. After the last guy was ground up into sausage, Nick gets the job of collecting money from "Mary Ann" (Gene Hackman), the vicious owner and operator of a Kansas slaughterhouse. When Nick arrives, he discovers that Mary Ann is also operating a female slave ring, and he rescues a pretty girl named "Poppy" (Sissy Spacek). Then we await the bloody showdown, but in the meantime we get a pretty good chase-and-escape scene with Nick and Poppy running through a wheat field chased by a combine, blades a-whirling. Gregory Walcott co-stars as Mary Ann's brother "Weenie," who occasionally munches on hot dogs he carries in his pocket. The movie was directed by Michael Ritchie, whose own career was pretty strange, but included The Bad News Bears (1976), Fletch (1985), and The Golden Child (1986). Kino Lorber released Prime Cut on Blu-ray in 2015, which includes only a trailer.

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