Director:Michael Winner Writer(s):Lewis John Carlino Actors:Charles Bronson, Jan-Michael Vincent
In "The Mechanic" Bronson plays Arthur Bishop, a silent hit-man.In my opinion Arthur Bishop is the most interesting character Bronson played in 70's.It's not the action that makes this movie interesting but Bronson's strong presence and cool performance.
Last Edit: Jul 7, 2009 14:03:09 GMT -5 by harmonica
Yes, very good and disturbing thriller. Winner said that in the original script, Bishop and Steve had a homosexual relationship, but he changed that before sending it to Bronson. Nevertheless... It remains traces of this strange relationship in the film. If you look closely, you'll see a physical resemblance between the two men, like a perverted father-son link. Arthur Bishop is one of the best hitmen in movie history, with "LE SAMOURAÏ" and "THE KILLER".
Post by maphillips3 on Jun 5, 2009 16:56:50 GMT -5
This movie, along with hard times is Bronson's best film, because of his unique presence. I have always felt that his best work, was when he didn't say much, and just let the camera do all the work. Does anyone know how Bronson, and Jan Michael Vincent got along.
Great moment: Sticking his fingers in the drinking glass and breaking it by expanding his fingers. Always thought that was a great display of Charlie's strength. No doubt it was movie magic to prevent injury but wonder if it was something Charlie could have pulled off for real.
I think something like that is impossible.In that movement(openning) the fingers have almost no strength.But if he grabbed and pushed a glass, the way he did with the piece of wax he used for finger strength training in the movie, I think he would smash it.
<<This is another example of Bronson's disposition on the set of the Mechanic:
Michael Winner: "He didn’t really like Jan Michael Vincent because Vincent was so ‘pretty’. I remember one day when Jan came in and had a cold. Charlie said: “That’s a bad cold you’ve got there, Jan.” “That’s very sweet of you. Thank you for caring about that.” said Jan. “I don’t give a damn about it,” said Charlie. “I just don’t want to catch it!” >>
I saw a screening of "The Mechanic" at a theater in L.A. last year. Quentin Tarantino and Drew Barrymore were in the lobby looking over the poster. I asked Quentin why he never cast Bronson in any of his movies since he always name-checked Bronson and Quentin explained that "Bronson had pretty much retired by the time I started making movies" -- which wasn't quite true, but whatever...