Not all One More Job-ers are as impurely-intentioned as the ones in The Wild Bunch, though. Take the one in John Woo‘s The Killer as an example: He’s an assassin, sure, but he wants out. Only he accidentally blinded an innocent woman during his last artfully choreographed hit, so he decides to take one more job in order to pay for her corrective surgery. Since this is both a John Woo movie and not starring an American movie star, it unfolds as tragedy, but you’ve gotta respect the guy’s intentions.
Here’s an interesting twist on the One More Job movie: Instead of pulling one last job before leaving his violent lifestyle, Clint Eastwood‘s William Munny already left his violent lifestyle, years ago. In fact, few people believe that the old man still has anything of the old badass left in him. This proves to be horrifyingly inaccurate.
Referred to by many as a spiritual sequel to Scarface, Al Pacino’s Carlito Brigante is way nobler than Tony Montana could ever be (or maybe he’s just a little older and wiser). He tries to go clean after he gets out of prison on a technicality, but the streets just won’t let him. And after a few classic Brian De Palma set-pieces, he finds out the hard way what the endgame of the criminal lifestyle is.