HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Worst Person in the World, The
Whirlpool
Hunter Will Get You
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
Revolver
Men, The
Parallel Mothers
Sadness, The
Bloody New Year
Faye
Body Count
Spider-Man: No Way Home
'Round Midnight
Wild Men
Barry & Joan
Wake Up Punk
Twin, The
Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
One of These Days
Lift to the Scaffold
Savage Dawn
Rest in Pieces
Innocents in Paris
We're All Going to the World's Fair
Beyond the Door 3
Jules et Jim
Love Jones
Saint-Narcisse
Souvenir Part II, The
Knockabout
400 Blows, The
Virus: 32
Studio 666
Great Movement, The
Lost in La Mancha
Cellar, The
Sacred Spirit, The
Chess of the Wind
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Scream
   
 
Newest Articles
La Violence: Dobermann at 25
Serious Comedy: The Wrong Arm of the Law on Blu-ray
DC Showcase: Constantine - The House of Mystery and More on Blu-ray
Monster Fun: Three Monster Tales of Sci-Fi Terror on Blu-ray
State of the 70s: Play for Today Volume 3 on Blu-ray
The Movie Damned: Cursed Films II on Shudder
The Dead of Night: In Cold Blood on Blu-ray
Suave and Sophisticated: The Persuaders! Take 50 on Blu-ray
Your Rules are Really Beginning to Annoy Me: Escape from L.A. on 4K UHD
A Woman's Viewfinder: The Camera is Ours on DVD
Chaplin's Silent Pursuit: Modern Times on Blu-ray
The Ecstasy of Cosmic Boredom: Dark Star on Arrow
A Frosty Reception: South and The Great White Silence on Blu-ray
You'll Never Guess Which is Sammo: Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon on Blu-ray
Two Christopher Miles Shorts: The Six-Sided Triangle/Rhythm 'n' Greens on Blu-ray
Not So Permissive: The Lovers! on Blu-ray
Uncomfortable Truths: Three Shorts by Andrea Arnold on MUBI
The Call of Nostalgia: Ghostbusters Afterlife on Blu-ray
Moon Night - Space 1999: Super Space Theater on Blu-ray
Super Sammo: Warriors Two and The Prodigal Son on Blu-ray
Sex vs Violence: In the Realm of the Senses on Blu-ray
What's So Funny About Brit Horror? Vampira and Bloodbath at the House of Death on Arrow
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
The Punk Rock Movie: Out of the Blue on Blu-ray
Yeah, Too Quiet: The Great Silence on Blu-ray
   
 
  Prime Cut Meat Market
Year: 1972
Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Lee Marvin, Gene Hackman, Sissy Spacek, Angel Tompkins, Gregory Walcott, Janit Baldwin, William Morey, Clint Ellison, Howard Platt, Les Lannom, Eddie Egan
Genre: Action, Thriller, WeirdoBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 3 votes)
Review: Chicago hit man Nick Devlin (Lee Marvin) is minding his own business in a bar one night when he is approached by a representative of the local gangsters. They have a proposition for him to go down to Kansas and see if he can make a troublemaker, Mary Ann (Gene Hackman) see sense and pay what he owes them. But Mary Ann is a powerful figure in Kansas, running meat processing plants and drug rings with equal skill, and he has killed the previous hoodlums who have gone to get the Chicago gangsters' money, even going as far as turning the last man into sausages. Will Nick be a match for him?

Starring two of the most virile stars of their time, Prime Cut is not short of machismo. Written by Robert Dillon, the plot is fairly straightforward, but it's the trappings surrounding it that mark it as out of the ordinary, and something that only the seventies could have come up with for a thriller. It gets to a point where you're not sure how seriously to take any of it, with its villain who treats everything in terms of cattle, including people - his wife (Angel Tompkins), an old flame of Nick's, even has a cow's name: Clarabelle.

Nick wastes no time in announcing his presence in Kansas, and the first time we see Mary Ann he is at a meat market. Sort of. The cattle here are young women from the local orphanage, who are grown until they reach the right age and sold off as sex slaves to the highest bidder. In this market, they are lying drugged and naked in straw-filled pens, just like cows or pigs. One of these girls is Poppy (Sissy Spacek), who Nick gets to live out a "rescuing the damsel in distress" fantasy with when he liberates her from Mary Ann's auction on his way out.

Mary Ann dismisses Nick's attempts to get the money, and Hackman's sinister, overbearingly cheerful peformance is a good match to Marvin's more understated, quietly humorous approach. That's not to say that Nick is not a man of steel, as we witness in the action scenes, including a shoot out at a country fair. This leads to a rural spoof on Alfred Hitchcock's famous North By Northwest set piece, with a combine harvester instead of a crop dusting aeroplane. Another strange bit has characters stand about in awe to watch the machine devour a limousine.

From its off-kilter opening with a meat factory making sausages and hamburgers accompanied by anodyne music as we see a shoe mixed among the cuts of meat, to the climax that sees Nick stabbed with, yes, another sausage, Prime Cut is determined to be unconventional. Nick may be a cold blooded killer, but he is blessed with a sense of humanity that Mary Ann does not have, and he proves it in this test of manhood that almost reduces everything to level of product and consumer. They don't make movies like this anymore, but I imagine they still make sausages in this way. Music by Lalo Schifrin.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 12239 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

Michael Ritchie  (1938 - 2001)

American director, from television, whose films of the 1970s showed an interesting, sardonic take on America. After sour skiing drama Downhill Racer, he had an unhappy experience on the bizarre Prime Cut before a run of acclaimed movies: political satire The Candidate, the excellent Smile, coarse comedy The Bad News Bears, and another sporting comedy Semi-Tough.

Moving into the 1980s, Ritchie lost his edge with such lukewarm efforts as The Island, underwhelming comedy The Survivors, the not bad Fletch and its very bad sequel, Eddie Murphy vehicle The Golden Child and The Couch Trip, but he made a brief return to form in the early 1990s with boxing comedy Diggstown.

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Mary Sibley
  Desbris M
  Sheila Reeves
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
Enoch Sneed
   

 

Last Updated: