Outfit, The (1973)

Career thief Earl Macklin (Duvall) intends to put a big hurt on an L.A crime outfit. He, his girlfriend and his partner will avenge the murder of Macklin's brother by cutting down.


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Genre:   Cult
Director:   John Flynn
Writers:   Donald E. Westlake, John Flynn
Cast:   Robert Duvall, Karen Black, Joe Don Baker, Robert Ryan, Timo, Timothy Carey, Richard Jaeckel, Sheree North, Joanna Cassidy
Theatrical Release Date:   10/01/1973
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Outfit, The (1973)
 
4.3

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  • Engaging characters (7)
  • Entertaining (6)
  • Great cinematography (4)
  • Original (4)
  • High production value (3)

Cons

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  • Adult viewers (4)
  • At home (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

I SEE BY YOUR "OUTFIT" . . .

Several films have been adapted from the "Parker" novels of Richard Stark (hard-boiled pseudonym for the late mystery writer Donald E. Westlake), and among the best is "The...Read complete review

Several films have been adapted from the "Parker" novels of Richard Stark (hard-boiled pseudonym for the late mystery writer Donald E. Westlake), and among the best is "The Outfit" from 1973. Robert Duvall portrays small-time hood Earl Macklin, who takes on the Mafia after a pair of Mafia hit-men kill his brother. Duvall is assisted by the burly Joe Don Baker, who never ceases to be entertained by the violence that ensues in their wake; and Karen Black as Duvall's girlfriend, running from her own past towards a fairy tale relationship with Macklin that she is fully aware will never happen. Robert Ryan, in one of his last film roles, plays the Mafia boss who, over the course of days, becomes more and more enraged by the small-time hoods nipping at his empire, until he finds himself trapped behind the walls of his own castle. Along the way are revealed several 1940s/1950s noir actors/actresses such as Jane Greer, Marie Windsor, Elisha Cook and Henry Jones -- even former boxing champion Archie Moore!

Technically, the film is very 1970s grainy color, a little too drab in some scenes, and is subject to at least one annoying "scene pause." In addition, while the original release offered two different endings (escape versus capture), only the escape version is presented on this disc; hopefully this will be rectified in the future so that both endings can be compared.

The plot is fascinating, as it pits the efforts of two almost backwoodish but creative criminals, against the money and might of an entire illegal corporation, and resembles, in some ways, the more expensively made "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid." Because it is, after all, largely a displaced Western in a 1970s setting, involving a pair of under-financed maverick outlaws, defying outrageous odds to take down a huge outlaw empire. And (let's face it) we always like to see if the little guys can win.

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Good movie, DVD has a few issues

WB Archives did a disservice by taking the original 4:3 aspect ratio the film was shot in & chopping the top & bottom of the picture so it would fill a...Read complete review

WB Archives did a disservice by taking the original 4:3 aspect ratio the film was shot in & chopping the top & bottom of the picture so it would fill a 16:9 frame. As a result, the picture is slightly more grainy & you don't see the whole picture. I compared it to a recording I made off of Turner Classic Movies & that's exactly what WB Archives did. They should have left the aspect ratio alone!

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4.0

Good show

By Big_Jim

from Ohio

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Pros

  • Great Acting
  • Original Idea

Cons

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      Comments about Outfit, The (1973):

      All good.

       
      4.0

      The Outfit

      By Steve

      from Burton, MI

      About Me Avid Moviegoer

      Pros

      • Emotionally Engaging
      • Great Acting
      • Gritty authenic

      Cons

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          Comments about Outfit, The (1973):

          This DVD from the source novel by Richard Stark (aka Donald E. Westlake) is a welcome addition to my collection. He mines this crime-ridden terrain better than most suspense authors. The transfer to digital was sharp, clean and had excellent color. Robert Duvall really shines as the sharp-witted anit-hero protagonist.

           
          4.0

          Great 70's movie

          By J.Gabin

          from Pasadena,CA

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          Pros

          • Engaging Characters
          • Entertaining

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            • Adult Viewers
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            Comments about Outfit, The (1973):

            Transfer looked a little faded for this remastered edition, however this is a very watchable print. Decent sharpness and good audio.
            So nice to be able to find finally a copy of this Robert Duvall revenge movie. Thanks WB Archive.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            fast paced,action packed!

            By hemihead

            from the bronx,n,y,

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            Pros

            • Engaging Characters
            • Entertaining
            • Great Cinematography
            • High Production Value
            • Original

            Cons

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              Comments about Outfit, The (1973):

              dart moving with many cameos

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great 70's gritty crime drama!

              By Rodney the 70's film lover

              from High Point, NC

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              Pros

              • Engaging Characters
              • Entertaining
              • Original

              Cons

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                • Adult Viewers

                Comments about Outfit, The (1973):

                Excellent print of this often forgotten 70's crime thriller. It's a great character study of two career criminals (with the fabulous Karen Black along for the ride) who are executing one last payback/revenge style robbery involving the local mob. These are real characters in believable rural locations living their lives on the edge. The performances of Robert Duvall, Joe Don Baker and Karen Black are excellent. And even though they are involved with illegal and violent situations you are still rooting for them all the way. Filmed in a non-flashy, gritty 70's style makes the film realistic and suspenseful. Making it one of the many great crime dramas that the golden age of early 70's film making produced. Loved it!

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                I SEE BY YOUR "OUTFIT" . . .

                By Cowboy King

                from Arden Mountains, MN

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                Pros

                • Engaging Characters
                • Intense often shocking
                • Original

                Cons

                • Unremastered

                Best Uses

                • Adult Viewers
                • At Home

                Comments about Outfit, The (1973):

                Several films have been adapted from the "Parker" novels of Richard Stark (hard-boiled pseudonym for the late mystery writer Donald E. Westlake), and among the best is "The Outfit" from 1973. Robert Duvall portrays small-time hood Earl Macklin, who takes on the Mafia after a pair of Mafia hit-men kill his brother. Duvall is assisted by the burly Joe Don Baker, who never ceases to be entertained by the violence that ensues in their wake; and Karen Black as Duvall's girlfriend, running from her own past towards a fairy tale relationship with Macklin that she is fully aware will never happen. Robert Ryan, in one of his last film roles, plays the Mafia boss who, over the course of days, becomes more and more enraged by the small-time hoods nipping at his empire, until he finds himself trapped behind the walls of his own castle. Along the way are revealed several 1940s/1950s noir actors/actresses such as Jane Greer, Marie Windsor, Elisha Cook and Henry Jones -- even former boxing champion Archie Moore!

                Technically, the film is very 1970s grainy color, a little too drab in some scenes, and is subject to at least one annoying "scene pause." In addition, while the original release offered two different endings (escape versus capture), only the escape version is presented on this disc; hopefully this will be rectified in the future so that both endings can be compared.

                The plot is fascinating, as it pits the efforts of two almost backwoodish but creative criminals, against the money and might of an entire illegal corporation, and resembles, in some ways, the more expensively made "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid." Because it is, after all, largely a displaced Western in a 1970s setting, involving a pair of under-financed maverick outlaws, defying outrageous odds to take down a huge outlaw empire. And (let's face it) we always like to see if the little guys can win.

                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great Movie, Could Use Better Treatment

                By D-Ops

                from Madison, WI

                About Me Movie Buff

                Pros

                • Engaging Characters
                • Entertaining
                • Great Cinematography
                • High Production Value

                Cons

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                    Comments about Outfit, The (1973):

                    Suffice to say this is a great movie, and certainly the best Parker movie ever made. And having an Archive edition is better than not having it at all.

                    However, the Warner Archive advertises this disc as 1.85:1 Widescreen on the back of the case. Unfortunately, this does not bear out when viewing the disc, which is apparently 1.78:1 on a 16x9 TV. I am uncertain why Warner has seen fit to transfer a "remastered" film in an improper aspect ratio, and I hope they can explain why they chose to do this.

                    Ultimately I'd recommend the product because of the quality of the film itself, but the mastering leaves much to be desired.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    follow up to previous review

                    By CLM

                    from Bismarck, ND

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                    Comments about Outfit, The (1973):

                    My previous review was a bit hasty. This release is the open matte, widescreen version. It was originally shot 4:3, then cropped for theatrical release. Many films have been shot that way, as a way to show them eventually on TV without having to got thru the pan-and-scan process. I had forgotten about the open matte process.

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    UNDERRATED GEM RESTORED & WIDESCREEN!

                    By MOVIE MAN KEV

                    from Santa Monica, CA

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                    Pros

                    • Engaging Characters
                    • Entertaining
                    • Excellent Presentation
                    • Great Cinematography
                    • Original

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                        Comments about Outfit, The (1973):

                        A superb neo-noir with outstanding performances by Robert Duvall (post-Godfather) and Joe Don Baker, THE OUTFIT wsd s virtuslly forgetten film at the time it was released. Why? Because MGM was about to go under (for the first of several times to come in the future) at the very moment THE OUTFIT was released to theaters. The result left a great film virtually unseen for decades.

                        Now, the great Warner Archive people have changed all that by giving this film a terrific release on DVD that at last restores the film's original WIDESCREEN theatrical aspect ratio (1.85:1). Remarks made here by another reviewer condemn this disc for not being proper OAR, when it VERY MUCH is...and it looks great. (Virtually no film made after the '50s was supposed to be 4x3).

                        BUY WITH CONFIDENCE> You won't be sorry!

                        (1 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Good movie, DVD has a few issues

                        By CLM

                        from Bismarck, ND

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                        Pros

                        • Engaging Characters
                        • Entertaining
                        • Great Cinematography
                        • High Production Value

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Outfit, The (1973):

                            WB Archives did a disservice by taking the original 4:3 aspect ratio the film was shot in & chopping the top & bottom of the picture so it would fill a 16:9 frame. As a result, the picture is slightly more grainy & you don't see the whole picture. I compared it to a recording I made off of Turner Classic Movies & that's exactly what WB Archives did. They should have left the aspect ratio alone!

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