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Fabio Testi (REVOLVER, CONTRABAND) stars as Inspector Nico Palmieri, a tough police detective tearing apart Rome to bust a ruthless protection racket. But when these violent thugs expand their empire into drugs, rape and murder, Nico throws away the rulebook to unleash his own brand of justice. In a city ruled by fear, theres a fine line between cop and criminal and one lawman is about to blast it to pieces!
Academy Award® nominee Vincent Gardenia (DEATH WISH) co-stars in this explosive crime thriller featuring some of the most amazing stunts in 70s cinema directed by Enzo Castellari (STREET LAW, THE HEROIN BUSTERS), now transferred from original vault materials and packed with explosive new Extras.
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Great movie by Enzo Casterliari. The bad guys are evil and they get what they deserve in the end.
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Testi plays a rough police officer that is getting sick and tired of the gang protection racket going on in a small Italian town. Gangs are using violence and destruction to get small business owners to pay. When Testi goes beyond the law to put the Racketeers away, he gets fired and then turns vigilante.
This is a violent, gritty film full of fantastic camera work and colorful anti-hero like characters. Testi here comes off looking like a true bad***. The uncut version provided here by Blue-Underground Entertainment does contain some harsh scences such as two brutal rape sequences so be forwarned.
Coming from a seasoned Euro Crime fan.....you can't get much better than this. There's enough tough guy posturing, cool camera shots and action to make any fan of Italian cinema happy.
However, there are some real double standards in the American dubbing script: murder, rape and bloody mayhem, no problem, but no naughty words whatever you do. Thus our "dumb basket" hero is warned that if he doesn't cool it, he'll be "in deep diddly." In fact, whoever wrote the dubbing script is obviously having the time of his life, inserting the word "diddly" into as many scenes as many times as possible ("If I'm gonna be in deep diddly, I'd like to know what I'm in deep diddly for!"). Maybe it was a drunken dare after drinking too much Crodino - and boy, did the Crodino boys get their product placement money's worth in this one, with their posters and logos appearing in so many of the exterior and the restaurant scenes that you're just amazed they didn't slap a banner on the side of the Coliseum as well just to cover all the bases!
Violent yet not over the top well there are some disagreeable and disgusting scenes but tame by Italian standards of this genre.The Finale at the end is worth it all,This is The Italian Deathwish Or Dirty Harry(except of course those are Better and nothing can hold a light to them.)Worth Watching,Crime and Corruption and an Cop;Simple yet elegant.
starting Fabio Testi, is a movie that deals with an important theme
- corruption, protection rackets, gun violence, murders, thug
behavior, chaos running loose in the streets. It also deals with an
aspect that is often taboo in society, which is the frustration that
often is felt by merchant, when they feel they're getting the short
end of the stick as taxpayers, or when they are robbed, etc. Those
are very ugly aspects that people prefer to forget, and not deal
In this picture, released 1977/78, the recurring soundtrack too,
underlines the ugliness of those aspects. A crude, metal guitar riff
is looped over and over, reminiscent of Black Sabbath or Tony Iommi,
to get the audience to feel the "on the edge of insanity" mental
landscape of the police officer, played by Testi, who is pulled from
the case, first, and then removed from his job, secondly, as a
consequence of the existing laws on the books of justice not fitting
the needs of the real world, that people rely on, to live their
lives in peace, and prosperity, and that he feels compelled to
Many will be turned off, by this "taboo" of retaliation against
gangsterism in the form of vigilantism, that the police officer
carries out, as socially unacceptable conduct, morally reprehensible
violence, even when carried out with the most honest, pure of
intentions, such as retaliating against a rape, murder, looting,
Others, will be disappointed by the lack of belief in the principles
of Christianity or their own religion, that underline forgiveness,
comprehension, patience, and allowing time for anarchists to "see
the light" and redeem themselves in the eyes of a Supreme Being.
Some, will not see anything beyond the 2 dimensional, video-game
aspect of the movie, such as in your favorite shoot 'em up XBOX or
Whichever perspective of the viewer, it cannot be denied that the
images are crystal clear on the DVD, (very sharp transfer), the
audio and dialog in English (dubbed over Italian) is professional,
and well spoken, the thrill and suspense is maintained over 90
minutes. The acting, is also not shabby at all.
The weakness of this movie, obviously, is the only average
sophistication of the plot, that some may label that of a "B Movie"
coupled with the disbelief that viewers surely will feel, in
witnessing so many gun battles between the gangs and the Italian
police, in such a limited period of time, taking many dozens of
casualties on each side, over 90 mins.
Clearly, if the problem was of such an extent, a one-man-show would
be out of the picture, and even in the late 70's, a SWAT team,
armored tank, and perhaps even the military would have been called
in to deal with the chaos.
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