Prime Cut

Synopsis: A Chicago mob enforcer is sent to Kansas City to settle a debt with a cattle rancher who not only grinds his enemies into sausage, but sells women as sex slaves.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Michael Ritchie
Production: National General Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

Take five.

Special order.


Good night, sir.


Go cool it, baby.

That broad, she could write a dirty book

and make it a bestseller in two weeks.

Jimmy, give us some drinks here.

How you been, Nick?

Been looking all over town for you.

Okay. How about yourself, Jake?

I got some trouble.

Big trouble in Kansas City with Mary Ann.

He's getting fat as a water rat.

He owes us a lot, Nick.

Close to a half a million.

He's skimming his own cream

and sticking Kansas right up my ass.

I need you to straighten him out.

So what's the tab?


Any way it cuts.

- Any way?

- Any way.

Go get yourself a bagman.

No, Nick, it's bigger than that. I need you.

Well, Jake, I'm kind of taking my ease.

Why don't you use your own boys?

I did, Nick.

I sent Kelly down there.

I sent Maguire down to look for him.

He found him in 10 feet of cowflop.

They found Maguire

floating down the Missouri.

And then I sent down Murphy.

Shaughnessy, bring that over here.

Take a look at that, Nick.

Go ahead, take a look.

Brings back bad memories, Nick.

Weenie and Mary Ann.

The pigsfoot brothers.

They knocked down on everyone.

And we knew them when.

I'll need some boys.



Shaughnessy here.

They're good men, Nick.

They're young, but they're good...

and what's going on in this town,

the best I got.

Okay, they'll do fine.

Attaboy, Nick. See you around.

You'd better watch out.

You might have yourself another Clarabelle.

I never did have any taste, Nick.

When you get to Kansas City,

don't say hello to Clarabelle for me.

What should I do with these, Mr. Devlin?

- Did you know Murphy?

- Yeah.

- Was he a good guy?

- Yeah, he was a good guy.

Then bury him.

Report for Chicago remains unchanged.

The heat wave continues

into the fifth day...

with temperatures in the mid 90s

and high humidity.

All parts of the Midwest

are similarly affected...

and no relief is expected

for at least the next four to six days.

Meanwhile, conditions in the East

from Washington to New England...

are relatively cool,

with highs reaching the mid 80s.

That's news and weather for now,

more of the same at 9:00.

Now, back to Walter.

A whiff of the old times, eh, Nick?

- I'll take it, kid.

- Thanks.

Jump in, kid.

Would you meet my mother, Mr. Devlin?


He's coming to meet you, Mom.

Oh, look, it's Mr. Devlin.

Nick says he wants to meet you, Mom.

- It's a pleasure to make your acquaintance.

- The same, I'm sure, Mr. Devlin.

- How do you do?

- Hello.

Mom, I never saw anyone do that.

Jump in.

Corned beef and cabbage, eh, kid?

- Coffee, Nick?

- Yeah, okay.

I've never been to KC.

- It's all farmland, huh?

- Yeah.

- What do they grow there?

- Wheat, corn.

Jesus, what a bare-ass town.

Hang a left here.

Stay put.

One, three. One, four.

One, five. One, six.

One, seven. One, eight.

One, nine.

- What the... - Nice to see you're

in the same old rat hole.

I didn't expect to see you here, Nick.

You want some, Nick? It's kosher kiel.

Too bad, Weenie. That's your hot dog hand.

You tell Mary Ann that I'm here,

and not to get any fancy ideas...

about turning me or any of my boys

into hamburger.

You got it?

Not hamburger.

Irish stew! Then grease!

Nice day.

We're all closed down. It's a private sale.

Country hospitality. Shit!

No, absolutely. She's great.

This guy says to the girl:

"That's not my ring, that's my wristwatch."


Mary Ann.

- You're a sight for the old eyes.

- You, too.

How's life been treating you?

I heard you're back East.



- You know some of the guys, don't you?

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Robert Dillon

Robert Dillon is a screenwriter and film producer. In 1976 he was nominated by the Writers Guild of America for Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen for French Connection II. In 2001 he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for Waking the Dead. Beginning his career in 1959, he has nearly fifty years of experience. more…

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