Prime Cut (1972)

Friday, August 4, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

Opening Wednesday: The Shadow Cinema of the 1970s

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Advance tickets are available online for $10.

Tickets are also available at the Billy Wilder Theater box office beginning one hour before showtime: $9, general admission; free to all UCLA students with valid ID; $8, other students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.


Film and Television Archive
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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. In-person: author Charles Taylor.

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