Charley Varrick is a 1973 crime film directed by Don Siegel and starring Walter Matthau, Andrew Robinson, Joe Don Baker and John Vernon. The film was based on the novel The Looters by John H. Reese . Genre: Crime Action Thriller.
Varrick and Sullivan find themselves with $750,000 — far more money than they expected. However, the bank manager (a timid character played by Woodrow Parfrey) reports only $2,000 stolen. Realizing they have stolen the proceeds of a money-laundering Mob operation, Varrick and Sullivan find themselves in trouble not only with the police, but with several shady characters, in particular Mob ally Maynard Boyle (Vernon) and amoral killer Molly (Baker).
Also being threatened by Sullivan, his own partner, Varrick decides to double-cross him (before Sullivan can do so to him). He decides to flee the country and puts in a rush order for two fake passports with a pretty photographer (Sheree North), knowing this will put Molly on their trail. The sadistic Molly catches up with Sullivan and brutally beats him — in the end cutting his throat — in an attempt to determine Varrick's whereabouts.
Boyle, meanwhile, terrifies the mousy bank manager with the threat that the Mob will suspect the robbery was an inside job with him the inside man. One of the descriptions of torture that Boyle suggests involves a pair of pliers and a blow torch, imagery later used by the character Marcellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction. The bank manager soon commits suicide with a gunshot to the head.
After seducing Boyle's secretary (played by Felicia Farr), Varrick sets up a meeting with Boyle, arriving for it in his crop duster. Getting out of his plane, he greets Boyle so warmly that Molly is convinced they are partners. Molly angrily runs down Boyle with a car. Meanwhile, Varrick has set a booby trap for Molly, who is blown up. In the remains of the explosion are a number of hundred dollar bills and Sullivan's dead body to be mistaken for Varricks' (Varrick had earlier switched dental records). Driving away, Varrick vanishes with the money.