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Tue, 26 Apr


Borough Hall, Godalming

Charley Varrick

Gritty ‘70’s heist caper. Walter Matthau plays a small-time bank robber whose latest take unexpectedly involves laundered Mafia loot. Can Matthau outwit the sadistic Mafioso heavy (Joe Don Baker)?

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Charley Varrick
Charley Varrick

Time & Location

26 Apr 2022, 19:15

Borough Hall, Godalming, 3 Bridge St, Godalming GU7 1HY, UK

About the Event

"Charley Varrick" and Don Siegel: The Last of the Independents.

Why hasn't Don Siegel received his due recognition as an important American filmmaker? He certainly directed his share of influential films (e.g., Dirty Harry) and socially significant ones (e.g., Invasion of the Body Snatchers). And yet, although acclaimed in Europe, he lacks the auteur status bestowed on contemporaries such as Sam Peckinpah. It's a puzzling question, made even more perplexing when one considers Siegel's underrated gem Charley Varrick.

Made in 1973, Charley Varrick stars Walter Matthau as the title character, a crop duster who makes ends meet by robbing small-town banks. When a patrolman recognizes a stolen license plate, one of Charley's robberies goes horribly awry, resulting in three fatalities. Charley and his lone surviving gang member, the dim-witted Harman (Andrew Robinson), discover their bank haul amounts to $765,000. Harman is thrilled; Charley is not. He realizes immediately that they robbed a bank used by the mob. It's not long before the police, the FBI, and a mob hit man start looking for Charley and Harman. Their challenge, though, is that they underestimate the resourceful Charley, who methodically anticipates their every move.

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