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Machine Gun McCain (1969)

Gli intoccabili (original title)
A paroled armed robber and his son plan a Las Vegas casino heist without knowing that the casino is bitterly contested by the West Coast and East Coast mobs.


Giuliano Montaldo


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cassavetes ... Hank McCain
Britt Ekland ... Irene Tucker
Peter Falk ... Adamo / Charlie Adamo
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Don Francesco DeMarco
Pierluigi Aprà Pierluigi Aprà ... Jack McCain
Luigi Pistilli ... Duke Mazzanga
Margherita Guzzinati Margherita Guzzinati ... Margaret DeMarco
Claudio Biava Claudio Biava ... Barclay
Steffen Zacharias Steffen Zacharias ... Abe Stilberman
James Morrison James Morrison ... Joby Cuda
Florinda Bolkan ... Joni Adamo
Tony Kendall ... Pete Zacari
Salvo Randone ... Don Salvatore
Gena Rowlands ... Rosemary Scott
Maria Mizar Maria Mizar


Tough criminal Hank McCain gets released from prison after serving twelve years for armed robbery. Hank hooks up with his son Jack, who has devised a daring plan to rob a Las Vegas casino. Unbeknownst to Hank, Jack is also involved with volatile and ambitious mob capo Charlie Adamo, who uses Hank as a pawn so he can gain control of Vegas territory that's currently being run by the formidable Don Francesco De Marco. Written by Woodyanders

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Even the Mafia Calls Him Mister!


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Release Date:

29 October 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Opening credits: The story, all names, characters and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons living or dead, is intended or should be inferred. See more »


When McCain and Irene are driving through downtown Las Vegas, all the closeups of her are played against background shots of hotels and casinos on the Las Vegas strip, miles away. See more »


Joni Adamo: I can't stand the West any longer. You've absolutely got to get us to New York.
Don Francesco DeMarco: And what else?
Joni Adamo: Have Charlie transferred.
Don Francesco DeMarco: Joanie, this isn't the time to talk about it. Not now.
Joni Adamo: I've got to be - near you.
Don Francesco DeMarco: All right. I'll do my best.
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The Ballad of Hank McCain, Pt. 1
by Audrey Nohra and Ennio Morricone
is sung by Jackie Lynton
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8 May 2018 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

Old school crime film with hard case armed robber John Cassavetes at its centre. John plays Hank, once part of a Bonnie and Clyde type duo who's spent twelve years in the joint. His son, who's basically a stranger to him, springs him from the clink to take part in another heist - this one being the robbery of a classy casino in Vegas.

This casino is the centre of a complicated business involving newly appointed mob boss Peter Falk, who has taken over mafia duties on the West coast from a guy who was killed in front of his kids. His New York mob superiors have told Peter not to touch anything in Vegas, and they are enraged that he's muscling in on a casino he doesn't know they own. Worse still, Peter seems unaware that his young wife (a big-haired Florinda Bolkan) seems to have a past with one of the New York mob bosses...

In between not trusting his son, really not trusting the two goons his son is hanging about with, and preparing for the heist, John somehow still manages the time to romance Britt Ekland, who really is the only innocent person in the film. Nevertheless, she also gets caught up in all the double crossing and (in one case literal) back stabbing as the cast is whittled down.

Apart from The Dirty Dozen (a film that spawned several thousand Italian rip-offs) I don't know much about John Cassavetes, but he makes a pretty convincing gangster, and who doesn't want to see Colombo in an Italian crime film? I'd pretty much watch Peter Falk in anything, so seeing him on screen with Italian genre regulars Luigi Pistilli and Florinda Bolkan just ticks all the boxes for me. Tony Kendall usually shows up in Spaghetti Westerns, but manages to stand out here as a suave button-man hunting down Cassavetes.

This film has two other things going for it - the nice cinematography that captures the Californian atmosphere (as well as the harsh sunlight invading interior scenes) and Ennio Morricone's melancholy soundtrack. Keep in mind this an old school Eurocrime film that is a bit more classy than the trashy, over the top ones of the seventies. I prefer those, for the record.

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