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Mitchell (1975)

A tough, slobby, honest cop tries to simultaneously take down heroin dealers and a corrupt businessman who murdered a burglar, even if it costs him his life. This obscure film became infamous after Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988) riffed on it.

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Andrew V. McLaglen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Don Baker ... Mitchell
Martin Balsam ... James Arthur Cummings
John Saxon ... Walter Deaney
Linda Evans ... Greta
Merlin Olsen ... Benton
Morgan Paull ... Salvatore Mistretta
Harold J. Stone ... Tony Gallano
Robert Phillips ... Chief Albert Pallin
Buck Young ... Det. Aldridge
Rayford Barnes ... Det. Tyzack
Todd Bass Todd Bass ... Child
Jerry Hardin ... Desk Sergeant
Lilyan McBride Lilyan McBride ... Rich Lady (as Lilyan MacBride)
Rob Narke Rob Narke ... Customs Officer (as Robin Narke)
Sidney Clute ... Rudy Moran
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Storyline

Joe Don Baker is Mitchell, a principled, hard-nosed, big-bellied cop with an affinity for porn and Schlitz. His latest assignment: taking down a crime boss, drug smugglers and a corrupt businessman while also keeping his own high class prostitute girlfriend in line. This obscure action crime drama became legendarily infamous after the cult comedy show Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988) featured it and extensively riffed on it on one of its most popular episodes. Written by <jigen@yahoo.com>

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Byens staeste purk See more »

Filming Locations:

Calabasas, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Several scenes were purposely shot twice to provide an alternate version of the scene for television broadcast. The scene where an angry Greta writes on Mitchell's windshield has 2 versions. The word, "bastard" replaced by "jerk", and in the dinner scene, "goddamn awful butler" is replaced by "lousy butler". See more »

Goofs

When the police helicopter takes off from Mistretta's house it is late evening, but every subsequent shot is mid-day. See more »

Quotes

Walter Deaney: C'mon, let's go get some juice.
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Alternate Versions

The most often seen version of this movie is the version as featured on _"Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988)"_ in 1993. This version was derived from a 1980s Lorimar TV print, which was then edited further by the MST3k producers (so they could wrap the host segments of the show around it). Because of this, several fairly important plot details in the original film are lost (making it seem more confusing than it actually is). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Moms' Night Out (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Mitchell
Written by Larry Brown, Jerry Styner & Steve Hoffman
Performed by Hoyt Axton
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Everything you hated about the 1970's in one movie
20 January 2000 | by quampSee all my reviews

Mitchell is one of those movies that just didn't stand up to the test of time. (then again, it wasn't great to begin with.) Joe Don Baker probably drank so much as Mitchell to ease the pain of being in this movie. That and having to make out while Hoyt Axton (sounding like a very drunk Mac Davis) sang a song. Other lowlights include the treatment of the old lady Mitchell hired when he picked up the suitcase; the use of the little kid who came to Mitchell when he was in his car; The death of Benton; and the list goes on. Avoid this one unless you're seeing the MST3K version. That is somewhat more easier on the stomach.


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