It’s From Kansas

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Prime Cut is like one of Donald Westlake’s Parker pulps chucked into the gutter of cinematic moral insanity that is exploitation cinema at its finest. Eternally taciturn badass Lee Marvin is Nick, a Chicago mob enforcer sent to Kansas to settle a beef with upstart meatman Mary Anne, played with charmingly smarmy relish by Gene Hackman…

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And his brother Weenie (square-jawed leading man Gregory Walcott from Plan 9 From Outer Space, here playing way the hell against type) who’s about one cracked chromosome away from being a member of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Sawyer clan…

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See, Mary Anne and Weenie don’t just deal in meat, they have a sideline as flesh peddlers, trafficking in doped-up ingenues copped from the local orphanage…including Violet (the always haunting Janit Baldwin of Ruby, Gator Bait and Born Innocent) and Poppy (Sissy Spacek)…

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Nick of course falls for Poppy (anybody who’s seen at least one Sissy Spacek movie knows the feeling) and decides to take her with him, if they make it out of Kansas alive, that is…

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