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‘Prime Cut’

August 4, 2017 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present Opening Wednesday: The Shadow Cinema of the 1970s

Prime Cut (1972)
Directed by Michael Ritchie

Grindhouse motifs enter the slaughterhouse for a Nixon-era satire encased in the timeless language of mob pictures. When Chicago tough guy Nick Devlin (Lee Marvin) arrives in Kansas City to collect on a debt from meatpacker Mary Ann (Gene Hackman), Nick quickly learns he’s bitten off more than he can chew: This packing plant is also home to a human “meat market,” selling doped-up young girls (including Sissy Spacek) into sex slavery. As the war in Vietnam comes to a close offscreen, director Michael Ritchie posits the American heartland as a fertile battleground in the ongoing war of everyday existence.

Production: Wizan Productions; Cinema Center Films. Distribution: National General Pictures. Director: Michael Ritchie. Producer: Joe Wizan. Screenwriter: Robert Dillon. Cinematographer: Gene Polito. Editor: Carl Pingitore. Music: Lalo Schifrin. Cast: Lee Marvin, Gene Hackman, Angel Tompkins, Gregory Walcott, Sissy Spacek

35mm, IB Technicolor, 88 min.

In-person: author Charles Taylor, film critic Justin Chang

FREE admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.


August 4, 2017
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States