->''"Murder is only killing without a license."''

''The Mechanic'' is a 1972 action thriller. Arthur Bishop (Creator/CharlesBronson), an aging assassin, is hired to kill "Big Harry" [=McKenna=] (Keenan Wynn), which he does with his usual resourceful genius. At the funeral he meets Big Harry's son, Steve [=McKenna=] (Jan-Michael Vincent). Steve becomes interested in the art of being an assassin, so Bishop plays along and then trains the young man to become a professional killer. Steve is taught to use [[TitleDrop the mechanic]]'s tools until he becomes a master. Arthur Bishop's superiors aren't accepting of Bishop doing this, and in the end they find that they can trust no one. It is a defining example of the seventies action film, and has existentialist themes.

The film was remade in 2011, with Creator/JasonStatham as Bishop and BenFoster as Steve.
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!!!Tropes used by both versions:

* AntiHero
* ContractOnTheHitman
* EnthusiasmVersusStoicism
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: Bishop
* TheObiWan / TheStoic: Bishop
* PoorLittleRichKid: Steve
* ProfessionalKiller
* TeachMeHowToFight
* TroubleEntendre: 'mechanic' (the hitman) and 'mark' (the target)
* VillainProtagonist
* YouKilledMyFather

!!!Tropes used by the original:

* {{Badass Longcoat}}s
* BastardUnderstudy
* BlackAndGrayMorality
* CarChase: And a bike chase.
* DidYouActuallyBelieve
* DramaticGunCock
* EveryCarIsAPinto
* EvilGloating: [[spoiler:By [=McKenna=] after he poisons Bishop.]]
* AGlassInTheHand: Arthur demonstrates the strength in his fingers (from repeated squeezing a lump of putty) by breaking a glass from the inside. "Sometimes you've got to hold onto a mark."
* GunsAkimbo
* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies: Bishop himself at the end. But at least he makes sure that Steve wouldn't get away with it.]]
* HitmanWithAHeart: Averted with the LackOfEmpathy of the two protagonists highlighted in several ways for instance Arthur realises Steve has what it takes to be his understudy when the latter watches a former girlfriend who's slit her wrists to get his attention bleed over the course of several hours (she lives, but only because they give her the car keys so she can drive herself to the hospital). A more subtle scene is when Arthur is at the hospital, he walks past a young boy with an artificial leg without even a sympathetic glance.
* LoveInterest: Subverted.
** [[spoiler:Bishop appears to have one, but she's revealed after sex to be an expensive prostitute he's paying for what these days would be called a GFE (Girlfriend Experience).]]
** Steve comes over after his girlfriend calls him to say she's going to commit suicide. Making no effort to stop her or even recommend against her doing so, he calmly watches as she slits her wrists. Eventually, he does toss her the keys to her car and point out if she drives fast can make the nearest ranger station in 20 minutes if she's not really interested in dying.
* TheMafia: Implied though not stated outright to be Arthur's employers.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler:Steve himself at the end when he realizes that the Red Mustang he's in is rigged with a car bomb.]]
* PerfectPoison
* PornStache: Charles Bronson's got one.
* ReadingLips: Along with a powerful telescope, Bishop uses this skill to find out about an impending drug delivery, so he and Steve can infiltrate a BigFancyHouse posing as the drug mules.
* TheSeventies: Very evident.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: On the cynical side.
* ThanatosGambit: [[spoiler:Steve shares a celebratory bottle of wine with Bishop, having coated the Bishop's glass with brucine. Mocking Bishop while waiting for him to die, he is unaware that Bishop knew this would happen. Thinking that he can now take over Bishop's life and career, he finds a note on the steering wheel from Bishop. "End of game. Bang! You're dead." The car door [[ExternalCombustion sets off a timer connected to a bomb that explodes]].]]
** Although, you have to wonder... I checked up on brucine, it's an alkaloid so it should taste bitter. Plus, the lethal dose is like 1 gram of pure stuff, so if enough of it gets added to wine so that the victim gets a gram in one mouthful I'm thinking that's going to really change the taste. Steve said he coated the glass with a solution, which can't have been enough. Plus, Bishop kind of got his heart attack way too quickly; you'd think for an ingested poison there'd be some delay before the effects kick in. Maybe it was more a BatmanGambit - Bishop was planning to disappear anyway, so he pretended he got poisoned then blew up Steve so the organization would think he was the one in the car.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: [[spoiler:Arthur knows Steve is planning to kill him, and is surprised when Steve kills a mook who's got the drop on him.]]
* YouKilledMyFather: Subverted.
-->'''Bishop:''' Was it because of your father?
-->'''Steve:''' You killed him? I thought he just died.
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!!!Tropes used by the remake:

* ArcWords: "Victory Through Preparation"
* BaldOfAwesome: Bishop (not surprisingly, he's played by Creator/JasonStatham)
* CaliforniaDoubling: Averted and played straight. The film was shot on location in New Orleans but New Orleans doubled for Chicago, Houston and Colombia as well.
* TheCallsAreComingFromInsideTheHouse
* CarFu: Bishop kills another hitman by throwing him through a bus window into the path of an oncoming car. The vehicle vs. vehicle version is used in the Dean ambush.
* ChekhovsGun: Harry's gun.
* EroticAsphyxiation: Bishop kills an ArmsDealer this way to MakeItLookLikeAnAccident, strangling him with his own belt, then hanging him up with some porn playing on a laptop in front of him. His protege Steve then makes the mistake of trying to copy this method on his first target - unfortunately ''his'' victim is a very fit and powerfully built hitman.
* FastRoping: Improvised with ropes from a window-cleaning rig.
* {{Fingore}}: [[spoiler:Bishop pretends to force a girl's hand into the waste shredder to encourage her father to talk. It's actually raw steak.]]
* GeniusBruiser: Burke.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Not really a case of [[BlackAndGreyMorality good and bad]], but Bishop has his beautiful high-class escort writhing on top of him, while [=McKenna=] has rough sex in an alley.
* IAmNotLeftHanded: Used as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome. Bishop is talking on his mobile to Steve who is waiting at his house.
-->'''Bishop:''' I'm guessing you're not alone. ''(wide shot shows three mooks pointing guns at Steve)'' There's a gun down the left side cushion. It's loaded and the safety's off.
-->'''Steve:''' I'm not a lefty.
-->'''Bishop:''' Then you're going to die.
-->''(Steve hands his mobile back to the mook; with the other hand he [[OffhandBackhand shoots the man behind him]], then the others)''
* ImprovisedWeapon: Used in the hitman vs. hitman scenes.
* KillItWithFire: DoubleSubversion. Towards the end of the film, it appears that [[spoiler: Bishop has been killed by [=McKenna=] in a massive explosion.]] It turns out that [[spoiler: not only did he survive the explosion, but he rigged [=McKenna=]'s car with a bomb.]]
* ManlyGay: The MightyGlacier rival mechanic.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler:[=McKenna=] at the end]], although he [[GoOutWithASmile just laughs]], so this is a bit of an inversion.
** Played straight with Dean when he thinks TheCallsAreComingFromInsideTheHouse.
* OutWithABang: [=McKenna=] decides to kill Burke this way. It doesn't go well.
* RatedMForManly: The female characters are incidental in this story.
* RecklessSidekick: Steve forgoes the easy method of poisoning Burke at the bar, for the risky method of going home with him and trying to strangle the mark with his own belt as he saw Bishop do to an earlier mark. Things don't go well.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The chihuahua that Bishop and [=McKenna=] adopt for a mission (later given to Bishop's prostitute friend and named Arthur).
* SomebodySetUpUsTheBomb: The ending.
* SoMuchForStealth
* SprayAndPray: Averted -- Bishop and [=McKenna=] fire only the rounds they need. Played straight when they kill Dean however, as both men [[ItsPersonal empty their magazines into him]].
* TrainingMontage: Bishop and Steve [=McKenna=] using a variety of automatic weapons and a Barrett fifty-calibre rifle on an improvised firing range are alternated with scenes of Steve's daily routine with his dog, which is meant to set up the interest of Steve's first target.
* VigilanteMan: After Bishop sets up Harry [=McKenna=]'s death to look like a carjacking, Steve goes out to kill a random carjacker as revenge.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim
-->'''Steve:''' Why don't you just shoot him and [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident fuck all this]]?
-->'''Bishop:''' Good judgement comes from [[TaughtByExperience experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgment]].
* YouKilledMyFather: Unlike in the original movie, [=McKenna=] is very motivated to kill whoever killed his father, despite their troubled relationship when he was alive.
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