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Follow the code of the hitman! You didn't know assassins live by a code? Well Charles Bronson is here to teach you and Jan-Michael Vincent about the rules to being a great killer. This film is not about auto mechanics! "Mechanic" is just another term for hit man! Bronson plays top assassin Arthur Bishop who obeys the rules and lives a lavish lifestyle, but the stress of being a killer is getting to him. Bishop takes hip, young kid Steve (Jan-Michael Vincent) under his wing to become a hit man. Director Michael Winner does a fine job of keeping the scenes moving, as Bishop and Steve pal around 1970s Los Angeles, and Bishop teaches him the way of the hit man. The film reaches its climax in Italy and it's a great action set piece. The characters aren't too complex, but Michael Winner's direction is taut and thrilling. The film is definitely worth watching if you're a fan of Bronson and Winner's other collaborations such as Death Wish (1974).

The Mechanic is a 1972 American action thriller film which was directed by Michael Winner, produced by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, and written by Lewis John Carlino. The film stars Charles Bronson, Jan-Michael Vincent, Keenan Wynn, and Jill Ireland.

The story follows Arthur Bishop (Bronson), a top assassin who takes under his wing Steve McKenna (Vincent), the ruthless and ambitious son of Harry McKenna (Wynn), the former head of the secret organization for which Bishop works. It is noted for its opening, which features no dialogue for the first 16 minutes, as Bronson's character prepares to kill his current target.

Upon its release, the film received generally mixed reviews from critics but it was praised for its action scenes, acting and writing although the direction and the storytelling was criticized.

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