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168 Ratings

Machine Gun McCain

Gli intoccabili

Directed by Giuliano Montaldo
Italy, 1969
Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • English
  • English


After serving 12 years behind bars for armed robbery, tough guy Hank McCain finds himself the pawn of a ruthless mob runt’s rebellion against a high level don.

Our take

Premiering at Cannes in 1969, Machine Gun McCain sees John Cassavetes star in a one-of-a-kind Italian gangster film from director Giuliano Montaldo. Scored by Ennio Morricone, the film also stars Cassavetes’ collaborators Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk, bursting with the troupe’s rare energy.

Machine Gun McCain Directed by Giuliano Montaldo

Critics reviews

A tough, dirty gangster picture that delivers the requisite payload of violence and bastardly behavior, it’s also a landmark in the story of John Cassavetes and his ragtag repertory troupe. Just like the Rat Pack first coming together on the set of Minnelli’s Some Came Running (1958), here was an early, unusual outing for something close to the core Cassavetes clan: Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands, and Cassavetes himself.
July 19, 2018
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The way John Cassavetes seduces Britt Ekland in Giuliano Montaldo’s Machine Gun McCain is a three-minute Master Class in multi-faceted acting – multi-faceted acting in a potentially stupid scene.
November 27, 2016
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