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LIVE LIKE A COP, DIE LIKE A MAN (UOMINI SI NASCE POLIZIOTTI SI MUORE)

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5.0 out of 5 stars RUGGERO DEODATO Director. Great movie June 29 2011
By Paul Scott - Published on Amazon.com
LIVE LIKE A COP, DIE LIKE A MAN LIVES UP TO ITS REPUTATION AS ONE OF THE MOST VIOLENT FILMS EVER MADE

Referenced in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 2, LIVE LIKE A COP, DIE LIKE A MAN (1976) is one of the most violent, censored and unconventional Italian style detective films of its time. The credit goes to both the director Ruggero Deodato, extremely apt at telling stories in a strong tone (he made the infamous Cannibal Holocaust), and the scriptwriter FERNANDO DI LEO, author of the best Italian noir films (Recently released in a DVD boxed set as The Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection - All four films will be available as individual breakouts on July 14 from RaroVideo). Above all, the psychological and behavioral description of the main characters, the two policemen, members of an anti-crime squad who have complete freedom in their actions against crime, had never been seen before. Not only do they not hesitate to brutally kill the criminals they are hunting down, but Alfredo (Marc Porel) and Antonio (Ray Lovelock) do so while maintaining a cynical and light-hearted attitude even in the most threatening situations.

RaroVideo U.S.'s restored version of LIVE LIKE A COP, DIE LIKE A MAN, will arrive on DVD for the first time. The extensive DVD extras include the documentary entitled, Poliziotti Violenti and a fully illustrated booklet containing critical analysis of the film.

Highley Recommended
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LIVE LIKE A COP Lives Up To Its Cult Legend Nov. 27 2011
By E. Lee Zimmerman - Published on Amazon.com
Cop films tend to come in several varieties, but, for my tastes, they tend to break down into two basic themes: either (A) the cop is fighting the system (think of Sylvester Stallone in COP LAND, or Al Pacino in SERPICO) or (B) the cop wears a badge but operates outside the system, always on the edge with his career and his life oft times hanging in the balance (think `Dirty Harry' Callahan as played by Clint Eastwood in DIRTY HARRY or in any of the other HARRY films, or Bruce Willis from any of the DIE HARD pictures). While the former breed of cop films tends to garner the critical praise, it's the latter that draws the attention and general respect of the viewing audience, and that's because if any of us found ourselves in a situation requiring the assistance of the police then we'd want a true supporter of justice (Dirty Harry) out there gunning for our safety. That's not so much a political commentary on any legal system; it's just that folks feel more secure in knowing that the police are going to stop-at-nothing to see villains, ne'er-do-wells, and dastardly devils definitively dealt with once and for all. Also, it's easier to forgive the cop for tauntingly saying "make my day" when we know that our days have been made safer as a consequence of his actions, right or wrong.

Similarly, Director Ruggero Deodato embraces the cop `dark side' in this signature 1976 release, LIVE LIKE A COP, DIE LIKE A MAN, which incidentally looks terrific as a result of the restoration process for this release from Raro Video. Kudos to all those involved in bringing this film into the digital age.

The story could be lifted up and mass produced directly from any cop thriller of this variety. Two officers, Alfredo and Antonio aka `Fred' and `Tony' (played with sufficient 70's cool by Marc Porel and Ray Lovelock), have proven their effectiveness in "cleaning up the streets," and they're promoted to a secret task force which specializes in perfecting the body count with criminals. Eventually, they cross `Bibi' (played with screen chewing aplomb by Renato Salvatori), and the rest of the film is essentially a cat-and-mouse chase (admittedly, an unusually violent cat-and-mouse chase!) of good guys versus the bad guys where neither side will sleep until the other side rests six feet under. It's a simple premise, but that's all it takes when the centerpiece here is action, violence, and a few buckets of well-placed blood.

Clearly, much has been written about LIVE LIKE A COP's violence. Much like the original DIRTY HARRY, there's a fair amount of shock value intended with this film. Apparently, some of the film's original content was censored during its initial theatrical release. By today's standards, some of that inhumanity seems passé (torturing a suspect, torching an entire parking lot of cars owned by criminals, sexually roughing up an uncooperative female witness, etc.), but the film still carries a lot of bite; in particular, I was a bit stunned with how one of the cops deal with the surviving cyclist from the opening sequence, and I think that's when I knew I was in for a fairly wild, cinematic ride. I won't spoil it in any way because, in retrospect, it makes perfect sense given the framework of these characters as they've been written and developed.

Cop-centric action aficionados have plenty to be thankful for with the release of LIVE LIKE A COP. For starters, the film starts with not only a terrific opening motorcycle chase, but also it's a sequence that's arguably one of the greatest motorcycle chases ever captured on film. That alone is no small feat in itself. Not only do these two dark horses ride together, they live together, sharing a single bedroom and, most likely, any woman who happens their way. (This is an Italian film, after all!) While dressing a bit dated (hello, bell bottoms!), Fred and Tony look a little too much like European underwear models for my tastes at being believable heavies, but they pull it off convincingly. Think of them as an international "Starsky & Hutch"; indeed, I wondered how much influence one property had on the other as the actors bear a reasonable resemblance to one another.

If anything, the film suffers from a bit of a laugher-of-a-conclusion where our heroes/anti-heroes aren't really given an authentic chance to go out swinging properly. Imagine BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID without the gunslingers marching out into their ultimate showdown, and you capture only a hint of what awaits Fred and Tony, though it's nothing so fatal. Again, I'm hesitant to give too much away because I don't want to spoil it for any of the viewers, so I'll leave it at stating that the ending as filmed was a bit of an emotional letdown. This is not to say it was inconsistent in any way; it makes perfect sense given what developed in the slim storyline. However, the visceral appeal of seeing the bad guys suffer at the hands of the good guys is central to the effectiveness of LIVE LIKE A COP, and I can't imagine the American studio system greenlighting the film with its current climax because the two leads end up being deprived yet vindicated in a unique if not troubling last-second turn of fate that gives the film more `sleeper flick' or `cult movie' credibility than it does anything else.

Highly recommended.

In the interests of fairness, I'm pleased to share that the people at Raro Video provided me with a DVD screener copy for the purposes of writing this review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Raro video quality alert. April 6 2014
By Angela J Crocker - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently purchased this title from Amazon. The film itself was in good shape for its age, decent English dub and good color. The movie itself was a little scatterbrained with a plot that existed primarily to take our two heroes from one shootout to another. While the stunts, especially the driving sequences, were decent, the shootouts could have been better choreographed and the blood a tad less pink in color.
Normally I would have rated this a three for the pure outlandish action but unfortunately this DVD ends the movie before the movie ends. Yeah, the last ten minutes of the movie -which surely contains the biggest action set piece - was not recorded on the disc. Buyer beware.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ultra Violent Buddy Cop Movie July 19 2013
By William Amazzini - Published on Amazon.com
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Raro Video continues to release the works of Screenwriter/Director Fernando Di Leo this time highlighting one of the most violent crime films of the mid seventies Director Ruggero Deodato's 'LIVE LIKE A COP, DIE LIKE A MAN' aka 'UOMINI SI NASCE POLIZIOTTI SI MUORE'-1976 which was his second film as Director. Boasting in your face cinematography by Guglielmo Mancori and starring french actor Marc Porel and cult actor Ray Lovelock, it resembles an ultra violent version of American televisions 'STARSKY AND HUTCH' but predating it by a number of years. In this films case , the two cops bypass police protocol and red tape by handling their cases in their unique style: punch and shoot first, ask questions if the perpetrator can still talk. The cast also includes the great Adolfo Celi, Renato Salvatore, Deodato's girlfriend at the time, Silvia Dionisio who also appeared in his first film 'WAVES OF LUST' aka 'ONDATE DI PIACERE'-1975 and her twin sister Sofia Dionisio. Beginning with a 10 minute motorcycle chase through the streets of Rome, the film never lets up till its explosive climax and is highly recommended to action fans. Director Deodato also pulls a Hitchcock at the beginning of the film as he comes out of a bank that is being robbed. The extras include a 42 minute documentary on the film 'POLIZIOTTI VIOLENTI' aka 'VIOLENT COPS' featuring interviews with Deodato, Ray Lovelock who hums the films theme song which he sang for the film and had not performed it since the shoot, and Producer Armando Novelli with Deodato commenting also on the coincidence of the american TV series and the reason why a sequel was never filmed; TV commercials directed by and with audio commentary by Deodato, Director biographies and filmographies and an illustrated booklet on the film. Raro Video releases it in a beautiful 1.85 transfer almost looking like a 1080P Blu-Ray in Italian with English Subtitles. It emerges as one of Director Ruggero Deodato's most accomplished works of his repertoire, not recommended if your squeamish.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bright and breezy and bloody cross between Dirty Harry and Starsky and Hutch Oct. 30 2012
By Trevor Willsmer - Published on Amazon.com
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Ruggero Deodato's Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man plays like a bright and breezy and bloody cross between Dirty Harry and Starsky and Hutch as Ray Lovelock and Marc Porel's inseparable cops cheerfully go about their business of killing street scum a la Roma, whether they're seriously injured or haven't actually got round to starting the armoured car robbery they're planning, all to the accompaniment of Lovelock's easygoing ballads on the soundtrack. They may be a two man death squad, but the film retains a surprisingly bright and breezy tone as they go about their business with little in the way of opposition from their boss Adolfo Celi, the violence at once extreme but over the top - this is the kind of film where it's not enough to shoot assassin off a motorbike, he has to crash into a car and fly off. And then get crushed by another oncoming car. Like the Dirty Harry films, most of the action scenes have little to do with the plot that sees them trying to track down Renato Salvatori's elusive mobster but are just vignettes thrown in to keep things lively, but it manages it so well that it's more a strength than a weakness.

Fernando Di Leo's script does take a few swipes at machismo while undercutting the usual genre clichés and assumptions, its two amiable sociopaths finding that rather than being shackled by the law it pretty much gives them free rein for their `tendency towards delinquency,' be it burning all the cars of customers at Salvatori's club or both sleeping with his nymphomaniac sister. Their wilful ignorance of the niceties of the law clearly extended to the making of the film as well, with the producers not bothering to ask for permission to shoot the opening motorbike chase through the streets of Rome in case it was refused. And it has a hitman who looks like Saddam Hussein in it. Shame about the guide dog, though.

Raro Video's NTSC DVD boast's a surprisingly excellent widescreen transfer with beautiful colour of the uncut version (the film was heavily censored in many territories, though one bit of torture deleted by the producers before release is still missing), and includes a selection of Deodato's Italian TV commercials (though you can't remove his audio commentary) and a good 42-minute making of documentary that dispels a few myths about the film's aborted sequel (not down to a disagreement between the stars but problems with their agents and the film's producers, one of whom, Alberto Marras, wanted to direct himself).

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