Not Quite Parker – Screen

Not Quite Parker

(but close enough)


As most Parker readers know, although Parker novels have been adapted for the screen seven times, the on-screen character has never exactly been the ruthless thief who appears in the novels. It seems fitting, then, to cover films that are Parker-like in spirit in addition to those with official roots in the Stark books–these films often seem much closer to Stark’s vision than Jim Brown in The Split or the female Parker in Made in U.S.A., for example. This section will cover films of interest to Parker readers, that are similar to the Parker novels in terms of themes, characters, or major plot elements.

Parker, Hong Kong Style: Two films, Full Contact and Devil and Angel, that bear more than a passing resemblance to Point Blank

The Limey: Career criminal Terrance Stamp will stop at nothing to get what he wants…

The Driver: Heists, double-crosses, and car chases in the Parker tradition. Well, maybe not the car chases…

City of Industry: Harvey Keitel in a crime film whose plot bears a remarkable resemblance to The Sour Lemon Score

Other Suggestions

I’ve got my own perceptions of what makes a Not Quite Parker film, and other Parker readers have their own. The following are films Parker readers might enjoy that have been suggested by fellow fans; either I haven’t seen them yet or haven’t deemed them close enough to Parker by my standards (but not necessarily yours!). (Linked to Internet Movie Database entries.)

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

MC/HN: In the heist genre, Reservoir Dogs is obviously close to John Boorman’s Point Blank because the heist is seen through fragmented editing.

QT: Yeah, Point Blank and other Parker novels by Richard Stark were very influential to this film.

City on Fire (1987)

Prime Cut (1972)

The Killing (1956)

Thief (1981)

Heat (1995)

The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Get Carter (1971)

Charley Varrick (1973)

Heist (2001)

BitterSweet (1999)

Can you think of any movies that belong in this section? E-mail me and let me know about them.