- 1 hr 32 min
Malone is an action-thriller film released in 1987, directed by Harley Cokeliss and starring Burt Reynolds, Cliff Robertson and Kenneth McMillan. The movie tells the story of Richard Malone, a retired CIA agent who chooses to begin his new life as a small-town high school shop teacher. However, when he learns about a crooked developerâs plan to buy an entire small town, he decides to take action and protect the town from becoming a part of the developer's conglomerate project. Burt Reynolds plays the lead role of Malone, a former CIA agent who has seen too many violent and unjust things in his life, leading him to retire and live a peaceful life as a shop teacher. However, he quickly finds out that the world is not as kind to him as he initially thought. On his way to his new job, he encounters an injured person who has been dumped by a group of armed men. He tries to help the man, but he dies before reaching the hospital. Malone quickly discovers that the person was a victim of a massive political conspiracy involving the syndicate run by Charles Delaney (Cliff Robertson). He decides to take action and blow the lid off the corrupt plot, and teams up with Jamie (Cynthia Gibb), a young woman who runs the small-town newspaper and is the only one who believes in his story. As Malone tries to uncover the massive conspiracy, he finds himself in the crosshairs of both Delaney and his henchmen, as well as the CIA agency he used to work for. Delaney becomes ruthless in protecting his empire, using everything at his disposal to keep Malone out of his way, including kidnapping and murder. One of the highlights of the movie is the breathtaking action sequences, which are intense and violent but still believable. The fight scenes are gritty and raw, not stylized and glossy as we have seen in most modern action movies. Reynolds, who did most of his own stunts, brings his experience and physicality to the role, making Malone a believable character that the audience truly cares about. The climactic finale set in a desert refinery is a standout scene, and the movie's ending is satisfying and well-earned. The movie also benefits from a strong supporting cast. Robertson is excellent as the villainous Delaney, playing his role with ruthless cunning and a menacing smile. Kenneth McMillan is the comic relief as Senator Johnson, an eccentric politician who is both funny and charming. The movie's themes are relevant even today, as compromised politicians and corrupt businessmen still threaten everyday life. The story of an ordinary man caught in the middle of a massive conspiracy and fighting against the odds to do what is right is a compelling and resonant one, making Malone an excellent action-thriller. Overall, Malone is a solid action-thriller that showcases the best of Burt Reynolds' acting and physicality. The movie's story, action sequences, and characters are all engaging, and it is enjoyable to watch from start to finish. If you are a fan of classic action movies, then Malone is a must-watch.