Original Australian Daybill Poster Kill Charley Varrick
Kill Charley Varrick (aka The Last of the Independents and Charley Varrick) is a 1973 American action thriller 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. The role of Varrick was written for Eastwood, who turned it down.However production went ahead and director Don Siegel filmed Kill Charley Varrick along with several of his movies, including the John Wayne classic The Shootist, in northern Nevada. The film was well received by critics. Matthau won the 1974 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards for Best Actor in Charley Varrick. In addition, Frank Morriss was nominated for the 1974 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards for Best Editing. While not strictly a "remake," 2 Guns (2013) has many of its film elements lifted from Kill Charley Varrick.