Machine Gun McCain

Machine Gun McCain (Italian: Gli intoccabili, lit.'The untouchables') is a 1969 Italian crime film directed by Giuliano Montaldo. The film is based on the novel Candyleg by Ovid Demaris.[1]

Machine Gun McCain
Film poster
Directed byGiuliano Montaldo
Screenplay by
Based onCandyleg
by Ovid Demaris
Produced by
CinematographyErico Menczer[1]
Edited byFranco Fraticelli[1]
Music byEnnio Morricone[1]
Distributed byEuro International Films
Release date
  • 1 April 1969 (1969-04-01) (Italy)
Running time
116 minutes[1]
Box office803,751 million



Machine Gun McCain was shot at both Incir-De Paolis and Dear Studios in Rome, as well as Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles.[1] Director Giuliano Montaldo stated that both Machine Gun McCain and Grand Slam were made to establish him in the film industry before making the films he wanted to make.[2] Montaldo stated that Cassavetes took the title role to finance his own films.[2]


Machine Gun McCain was entered into the 1969 Cannes Film Festival.[3] It was released in Italy on 1 April 1969 where it was distributed by Euro International Films.[1] It grossed a total of 803,751,000 Italian lire on its theatrical run in Italy.[1] On its American release, the film was cut to 96 minutes.[1]


In a contemporary review, the Monthly Film Bulletin described the film as "executed with minimal flair, and thudding rather heavily on the moralist/social documentary side of the fence" and that "apart from an over-use of the Techniscope zoom lens, there's no style to speak of."[4] In a contemporary review, on reviewing the Blue Underground Blu-ray, Tom Charity described the film as "haphazardly scripted" but noted that it is "Cassavetes' participation alongside his soon-to be regular collaborator Falk and his wife Gena Rowlands that piques our curiosity" and that "Adroitly mixing stylish Roman interiors with colourful location work, fast-paced and featuring a ridiculously snappy Ennio Morricone dirge, 'The Ballad of Hank McCain', ... adds up to an attractive footnote to Cassavetes' career".[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Curti 2013, p. 29.
  2. ^ a b c Charity, Tom (November 2010). "Machine Gun McCain". Sight & Sound. British Film Institute. 20 (11): 88–89.
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Machine Gun McCain". Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2009.
  4. ^ "Machine Gun McCain". Monthly Film Bulletin. London: British Film Institute. 37 (432): 147. 1970.


  • Curti, Roberto (2013). Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980. McFarland. ISBN 978-0786469765.

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