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Mitchell (1975)

A tough, slobby, honest cop tries to simultaneously take down heroin dealers and a corrupt businessman who murdered a burglar, even if it costs him his life. This obscure film became infamous after Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988) riffed on it.


Andrew V. McLaglen




Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Don Baker ... Mitchell
Martin Balsam ... James Arthur Cummings
John Saxon ... Walter Deaney
Linda Evans ... Greta
Merlin Olsen ... Benton
Morgan Paull ... Salvatore Mistretta
Harold J. Stone ... Tony Gallano
Robert Phillips ... Chief Albert Pallin
Buck Young ... Det. Aldridge
Rayford Barnes ... Det. Tyzack
Todd Bass Todd Bass ... Child
Jerry Hardin ... Desk Sergeant
Lilyan McBride Lilyan McBride ... Rich Lady (as Lilyan MacBride)
Rob Narke Rob Narke ... Customs Officer (as Robin Narke)
Sidney Clute ... Rudy Moran


Joe Don Baker is Mitchell, a principled, hard-nosed, big-bellied cop with an affinity for porn and Schlitz. His latest assignment: taking down a crime boss, drug smugglers and a corrupt businessman while also keeping his own high class prostitute girlfriend in line. This obscure action crime drama became legendarily infamous after the cult comedy show Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988) featured it and extensively riffed on it on one of its most popular episodes. Written by <jigen@yahoo.com>

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Did You Know?


One trademark of Joe Don Baker's; oranges - particularly peeling them. In Mitchell (1975), he hands (or more correctly, drops into) the butler (Merlin Olsen's) hand, a peeled-in-one-part orange peel, and in Final Justice (1985), he 'threatens' a bartender by describing, and demonstrating his ability at peeling 'just the peel' (again, in a single piece), of an orange (implying hell so the same thing to him). See more »


At one point Mitchell gives the time as 24:17 hours. This is not standard military time notation as the day ends at 24:00. Times after midnight are occasionally used by some scheduling timetables but not for military/police time. See more »


Chief Pallin: People don't like you, Mitchell. I don't care for you much myself.
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Alternate Versions

The most often seen version of this movie is the version as featured on _"Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988)"_ in 1993. This version was derived from a 1980s Lorimar TV print, which was then edited further by the MST3k producers (so they could wrap the host segments of the show around it). Because of this, several fairly important plot details in the original film are lost (making it seem more confusing than it actually is). See more »


Referenced in DVD-R Hell: Poochinski (2011) See more »


Written by Larry Brown, Jerry Styner & Steve Hoffman
Performed by Hoyt Axton
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User Reviews

"Mitchell a lot of people don't like you...why is that?"
10 November 2000 | by duke33See all my reviews

All i can say about this movie is "wow". Not that i'm blown away by it, but that i can't believe that joe don baker and linda evens were that hard up for cash to make this bowser.

The script is pretty flimsy, sometimes with 2 or 3 subplots going their own directions and then somehow overlapping, yet it doesn't quite work. There are so many "bad guys" yet for some reason you can never quite figure out who is crossing whom, and what each person's relation to each other is. Towards the end, it starts to become more apparent, but it's still not that exciting.

Then, Joe Don Baker as Mitchell really does a poor job...I don't think it's his fault..just that the character was not that likeable. I mean, a boozing slob of a cop is not exactly what you think of when you think of great detectives...

I agree that this movie is amusing if you watch the MST3K version of it...in fact it's one of my favorites, just because they jab Joe Don and this movie EVERY chance they can get, and I'd say that it's more than deserving of every single one.

Overall - one and a half out of ten stars.

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Release Date:

10 September 1975 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Calabasas, California, USA See more »

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1.85 : 1
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