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Mitchell (1975)

A tough, slobby, honest cop tries to simultaneously take down heroin dealers and a corrupt businessman who murdered a burglar, even if it costs him his life. This obscure film became infamous after Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988) riffed on it.

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Andrew V. McLaglen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Don Baker ... Mitchell
Martin Balsam ... James Arthur Cummings
John Saxon ... Walter Deaney
Linda Evans ... Greta
Merlin Olsen ... Benton
Morgan Paull ... Salvatore Mistretta
Harold J. Stone ... Tony Gallano
Robert Phillips ... Chief Albert Pallin
Buck Young ... Det. Aldridge
Rayford Barnes ... Det. Tyzack
Todd Bass Todd Bass ... Child
Jerry Hardin ... Desk Sergeant
Lilyan McBride Lilyan McBride ... Rich Lady (as Lilyan MacBride)
Rob Narke Rob Narke ... Customs Officer (as Robin Narke)
Sidney Clute ... Rudy Moran
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Storyline

Joe Don Baker is Mitchell, a principled, hard-nosed, big-bellied cop with an affinity for porn and Schlitz. His latest assignment: taking down a crime boss, drug smugglers and a corrupt businessman while also keeping his own high class prostitute girlfriend in line. This obscure action crime drama became legendarily infamous after the cult comedy show Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988) featured it and extensively riffed on it on one of its most popular episodes. Written by <jigen@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Murder...Cops...and Corruption See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Byens staeste purk See more »

Filming Locations:

Calabasas, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film achieved a modicum of success when it was shown on Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988). It was Joel Hodgson's final appearance. See more »

Goofs

The first time we see the bulldozer in the chase sequence, the smoke is going into the exhaust. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Mitchell: Alright, let's get your coat.
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Alternate Versions

The most often seen version of this movie is the version as featured on _"Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988)"_ in 1993. This version was derived from a 1980s Lorimar TV print, which was then edited further by the MST3k producers (so they could wrap the host segments of the show around it). Because of this, several fairly important plot details in the original film are lost (making it seem more confusing than it actually is). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Angels Revenge (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Mitchell
Written by Larry Brown, Jerry Styner & Steve Hoffman
Performed by Hoyt Axton
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They phoned it in
4 January 2000 | by Cue-ballSee all my reviews

Unlike Hunter Felt, I don't think Baker, Balsam (an Oscar winner for "A Thousand Clowns"), Evans, and Saxon are a second-rate cast. But this movie was so bad it got thoroughly and hilariously skewered by "Mystery Science Theater 3000", which was the version I watched. (Example: "Hey, Alan Gibbs played the Mustang Hood!" "Yeah? Who played the headlights?") If you never saw a car fix itself in the middle of a chase scene, you might want to watch this late one night after getting really drunk.


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