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John Flynn – The Outfit (1973)


The Outfit is a 1973 film directed by John Flynn. It stars Robert Duvall, Karen Black, Joe Don Baker and Robert Ryan. The film is an adaptation of the book of the same name by Richard Stark and features a character modeled on Parker, who was introduced in The Hunter.

Career thief Earl Macklin (Robert Duvall) pays no mind to the mobster’s threat. He intends to put a big hurt on an L.A crime outfit. He, his girlfriend (Karen Black) and his partner (Joe Don Baker) will avenge the murder of Macklin’s brother by cutting down gangland operations bit by violent bit. Based on the novel by Point Blank author Richard Stark, The Outfit has a feel and grit that makes it a throwback to film noirs of the 1940s and ’50s. The casting of noir veterans underscores the tone: Robert Ryan, Jane Greer, Marie Windsor, Timothy Carey and Elisha Cook. Hollywood buffs will also enjoy seeing longtime Variety columnist Army Archerd in a bit role.




  1. THE OUTFIT is a great movie, a personal favourite of mine – director John Flynn made a few more gems in his long career, I can highly recommend THE SERGEANT (1968); ROLLING THUNDER (1977); DEFIANCE (1980) and OUT FOR JUSTICE (1991).

    BEST SELLER (1987) was not bad either (from a Larry Cohen script)

    I would love to find a copy of Flynn’s THE JERUSALEM FILE (1972) but so far haven’t been able to locate one.

    1. Re THE JERUSALEM FILE, there is a copy circulating on the internet, but it has hard-coded Finnish subs – will keep searching for an untouched copy.

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