There were times that Walter Mathau looked so tough he could chew through a glass ashtray. The same guy who years later settled on safe comedies could be a smart, hard-nosed criminal, always playing one step ahead of the cops and two steps ahead of the mob. Charlie Varrick is a tough and smart film directed with near perfection by the great Don Siegel (DIRTY HARRY, ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ). The film follows Mathau as he and his hoods score more in a bank than they bargained for. Buckle up.