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Charley Varrick

Released 1973
Distributor Universal

This taut, underrated Don Siegel thriller stars Walter Matthau in one his greatest roles as a small time crook in trouble with the mob, although Matthau inexplicably bad-mouthed the movie after making it. So good it takes two Grindhouse Gurus to do it justice!

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About Howard Rodman

Howard A. Rodman, a Professor and former Chair of the screenwriting program at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and an artistic director of the Sundance Screenwriting Labs, wrote Savage Grace with Julianne Moore, August with Josh Hartnett and David Bowie, and the opening night film of the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, Joe Gould’s Secret, with Ian Holm and Stanley Tucci. The sleaziest character in Steven Soderbergh’s film The Underneath is named “Howard Rodman,” for reasons which need not be enumerated here.

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