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. When McCain discovers that he’s been betrayed and abandoned by his new employer, he retaliates with a high stakes Las Vegas casino heist that erupts into all-out war on the streets of Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Not blood, nor lust, nor wedding vows can come between McCain and his money…or his machine gun. –Blue Underground
Born in 1930 in Genoa. Still a young student in 1950 when director Carlo Lizzani gave him a role in the film Achtung Banditi!. Following this experience he traveled to Rome where, after acting in film and theatre, he became the Assistant Director of Lizzani, Gillo Pontecorvo, Sergio Leone, Francesco Rosi. In 1960 he made his debut as a Director with Tiro Al piccione, a film about the Partisan Resistance, on competition at the 1961 Venice Film Festival. In 1964 he directed La Moglie Svedese, an episode of the film Extraconiugale. With his second movie, Una Bella Grinta, won the special prize of the jury at the Berlin Film Festival in 1965, a film about a social climber in Italy during the time of the economic miracle. That year he also directed the second unit of Pontecorvo’s masterpiece The Battle Of Algiers.
After having filmed for Paramount the heist movie Ad ogni costo (Grand Slam – 1967) and the gangster film Gli intoccabili (Machine Gun McCain – 1969) in the US, Montaldo… read more
A decent heist movie which takes on a completely different tone for its last act. The setup is nice and the acting is great. Sure, the pacing was a little slow, the plot was a little goofy at points and there was nowhere nearly enough of Gena Rowlands' character but the score was sweet, Machine Gun McCain was entertaining and Britt Ekland was fun to look at.
As much Hollywood heist picture as Eurocrime, but the strength of the cast keeps it working (the way Rowlands plays her suicide especially comes to mind). By the time Cassavetes goes into mad bomber mode and blows up two ends of Las Vegas just to pull off his casino heist, the narrative gets to cooking. He and Rowland portraying their reunion and backstory makes you think of an aged Bonnie and Clyde,