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Fourteen-year-old Tolly Devlin sees four hoods beat his father to death. Twenty years later, the killers have risen to the top of the crime syndicate and Tolly has a plan for revenge.

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Complete credited cast:
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Tolly Devlin
Dolores Dorn ...
Cuddles
Beatrice Kay ...
Sandy
Paul Dubov ...
Gela
Robert Emhardt ...
Earl Connors
Larry Gates ...
John Driscoll
Richard Rust ...
Gus Cottahee
Gerald Milton ...
Gunther
Allan Gruener ...
Smith
David Kent ...
Tolly - Aged 14
Tina Pine ...
Woman (as Tina Rome)
Sally Mills ...
Connie Fowler
Robert P. Lieb ...
Officer
Neyle Morrow ...
Barney
Henry Norell ...
Prison Dr. Meredeth
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Fourteen-year-old Tolly Devlin sees four hoods beat his father to death. Twenty years later, the killers have risen to the top of the crime syndicate and Tolly has a plan for revenge. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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13 May 1961 (USA)  »

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Finnish censorship visa # 58211 delivered on 14-6-1974. See more »

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Sandy: Why don't you take a good look at yourself. What do you see? A doctor? A scientist? A businessman? You see a scar-faced ex-con. A two-bit safecracker. A petty thief who don't know when he really made the big time. Where do you come off to blast her? No matter what she's been, what she's done. She's a giant! And you wanna know why? Well, I'll tell ya. Because she sees something in you worth saving. If only one tenth of one percent of all the good in her could rub off on you, you'd be a giant, ...
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Auld Lang Syne
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Written by Robert Burns
Heard as a theme when Tolly's father's body is taken away; played by one of Sandy's dolls; also heard when Tolly's body is in the alleyway
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Action and intensity make up for some second rate aspects...
4 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Underworld U.S.A. (1961)

Sam Fuller's movies have an edgy, reckless quality to them, as if lacking propriety. Which is good. What Underworld U.S.A. lacks in subtlety it makes up for in surprise and a kind of sultry sizzle, something very different than more usual "romance" that other crime and noir movies have. There is some second rate acting throughout, but if you accept some of this as "style" and go with the flow, it's click along nicely. In fact, the lack of star power makes the film a hair more everyday, and therefor a hair more realistic in a good way. And the lead male going solo through much of it is first rate, Cliff Robertson.

Not that this is actually believable--it feels contrived all the way--but it has a modern interpersonal selfishness and sometimes cruelty that is fun to watch. The plot? Great enough. But the searing looks, the slaps, the brooding closeups. This is movie-making! Certainly an influence on Tarantino.

As a black and white crime film with a slightly low budget feel, this naturally comes labelled as a film noir. And there are some similarities. But it's also a crime drama, more directly, and it explores (and exploits) the violence of cops and robbers circa 1960. There a lot of unsavory types involved, and some crisp filming. If you like other Sam Fuller films, you'll like this one.


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