Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Harley Cokeliss|
|Produced by||Leo L. Fuchs|
|Screenplay by||Christopher Frank
Rudolph Wurlitzer (uncredited)
|Based on||Shotgun by William P. Wingate|
|Music by||David Newman|
|Edited by||Todd Ramsay|
Orion Pictures Corporation
|Distributed by||Orion Pictures|
|1 May 1987|
Malone is a 1987 movie, starring Burt Reynolds and written by Christopher Frank. It is based on a novel by William P. Wingate. Reynolds stars as ex-CIA agent Richard Malone. Cliff Robertson and Lauren Hutton also star.
The film opens on a floatplane as it navigates through the Pacific Northwest, landing in Puget Sound. As the well-dressed passenger emerges, CIA hitman Richard Malone (Reynolds) targets him in his crosshairs, but he is unable to pull the trigger. Malone burns his Maryland driver's license and heads inland. His Mustang breaks down in a rural Oregon valley. He manages to push it to Mountain Service station, owned by Paul Barlow (Wilson) who runs the station with his 17-year old daughter Jo (Gibb). Barlow suggests the fastest way to repair the car is to tow it 60 miles to a larger service station. Malone opts to stay and wait for the necessary parts to arrive. Paul invites Malone to stay in the spare room.
The next day, Jo snoops through Malone's things and finds his gun. Malone helps Paul with his repair work and quickly sizes up the town, which is under the thumb of Charles Delaney (Robertson). Delaney is buying up all the property he can, and forcing people to sell to him when they first refuse. One day, as Malone walks Jo home from the bus stop, a group of Delaney's thugs harass the young girl and refuse to let the couple proceed. Malone severely beats the ringleader, Dan Bollard (Burkley), sending him to the hospital. Dan's brother Calvin (Walter) is goaded into killing Malone by Delaney's main henchman Madrid (Diakun), but Malone kills Calvin instead.
While Sheriff Hawkins (McMillan) holds Malone, Delaney breezes into the interrogation room to meet Malone for the first time. The two men size each other up, and then Delaney instructs Hawkins to let him go. Delaney orders Madrid to arrange a hit on Malone. The next day, two hitmen arrive at the service station, but Malone kills them both. During the attack, he is badly wounded. Hawkins instructs one of his deputies to drive Malone to the hospital. The deputy drives offroad, with Malone bouncing in the back seat. Realizing that the deputy is trying to kill him, Malone grabs the wheel and crashes the car.
In the hospital, Malone's CIA handler Jamie (Hutton) arrives to ferry him to safety. They hole up together in a safe house and rekindle their romance. When Malone goes to pick up his car from the Barlows, Madrid leads an attack on the safe house and suffocates Jamie with a plastic bag. This prompts Malone to attack Delaney's sprawling compound. He picks off Delaney's henchmen one by one, and he suffocates Madrid with some plastic as revenge for Jamie. When Delaney finally retreats to his secret command center, Malone is inside, waiting for him. Delaney explains that he is part of a vast conspiracy of like-minded "patriots" who are buying up land and electing Congressmen to retake the country from "mongrels". Malone kills Delaney and blows up his compound.
In the final shot, Malone burns his new Oregon drivers license as the credits scroll.
- Burt Reynolds as Richard Malone
- Cliff Robertson as Charles Delaney
- Lauren Hutton as Jamie
- Kenneth McMillan as Hawkins
- Cynthia Gibb as Jo Barlow
- Scott Wilson as Paul Barlow
- Alex Diakun as Madrid
- Philip Anglim as Harvey
- Tracey Walter as Calvin Bollard
- Dennis Burkley as Dan Bollard
Reynolds was played $3 million for the role. He said at the time:
I was attracted to Malone because I thought there was a chance the movie might be more than a guy running away from his past. Let's be honest. The movie is Shane. I am an ex-CIA man whose car breaks down in a small town who then gets close to a family and attempts to battle a Lyndon LaRouche character played by Cliff [Robertson]. I'm not doing Clint in 'Pale Rider'.' There's a little bit of Stallone from First Blood in this, but I'm not playing the damaged-goods-guy Sly became in Rambo. Just to show you how movies change, Gérard Depardieu and Christopher Lambert at one point were going to play Malone. I wonder how this guy got rewritten into me.
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