An extremely typical and cliched plot with a basic and dull story. The actors give properly hard-ass performances, but The Outfit is nothing more than a simplfied, 70s tough guy film that was so prevalent at the time, and since in the modern action genre. Flynn's Rolling Thunder is better, if often overrated despite its gritty allure, while The Outfit is generic, even if, at least, it's never boring.
Great B thriller. Strange that this genre, this shock cinematography, this nervous writing, so effecient, fast & catchy, remains the prerogative of the US, with exceptions. === Excellent polar de Série B. C'est étrange que ce genre, cette écriture cinématographique choc, efficace, nerveuse, rapide, musclée & si accrocheuse, soient l'apanage des US, sauf exceptions e.g. SIEGEL, FLEISCHER, FLYNN, FRIEDKIN, EASTWODD.
It operates well as a tough-guy movie, what with all the posturing and shoot-outs, but the script is absolute garbage. It's a stew of misogynistic angst and capitalism-uber-alles politics that makes it kind of a slog to get through. Flynn is a remarkable director, and can do a LOT with a good script (see: Rolling Thunder), but this one fails the test.
"rolling thunder" director john flynn takes on the same donald westlake character that inspired "point blank." robert duvall is no lee marvin, and "the outfit" is no "rolling thunder." a few welcome faces among the supporting cast (timothy carey, joe don baker, an elderly robert ryan) can't make up for the generic brand aesthetics, aimless tough guy posturing and barbaric gender politics. nothing special.
Weak approach to the Parker character, trying to make him some kind of Hemingway hero. Duvall seems lost and mostly chooses slackness; when he speaks he sounds detached from his milieu and even a bit square for it. Dramatically, the movie barely simmers, and it's marked by lazy wide framings, sluggish and hiccup-y pacing and none of the flair for menace and tension Flynn showed in Rolling Thunder.