Director: Harley Cokeliss
Screenplay: Christopher Frank, William P. Wingate
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Cliff Robertson, Kenneth McMillan, Cynthia Gibb, Scott Wilson, Lauren Hutton, Tracey Walter and Dennis Burkley.
Tagline: He didn’t start the fight… but he’ll sure as hell finish it.
Malone (Reynolds) is a retired C.I.A. assassin. While driving across country, Malone’s car breaks down outside a small town. He pushes the car to the only gas station for miles and meets the owner, Paul Barlow (Wilson) and his teenage daughter Jo (Gibb). Barlow allows Malone to stay at his house while they wait for the car part to arrive. Malone learns that a rich man named Delaney (Robertson) is buying up all the property in the area and is putting a squeeze on Barlow. When thugs are sent to convince Barlow to sell, Malone steps in. Soon Malone finds himself going against Delaney and his former allies at the C.I.A..
Thoughts (beware of spoilers)…
Does it get any more mid-80s than Burt Reynolds, Cliff Robertson, Kenneth McMillan, Cynthia Gibb, Scott Wilson and Lauren Hutton?
Burt Reynolds described Malone as a retelling of Shane and he’s not far off… except the young boy is now a teenage girl with the hots for Malone.
If you’re a Burt Reynolds fan you’ll enjoy Malone more than a non-fan so keep that in mind as you consider my rating. I’m a Reynolds fan.
Malone (1987) rates 3 of 5 stars.