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Wake Up and Die (1966)

Svegliati e uccidi (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 6 April 1966 (Italy)
Luciano Lutring is a dangerous fugitive in Italy, he meets Candida, a nightclub singer and they fall in love. On their back is Candida's lover Franco Magni, a two-bit gangster. Powered by ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luciano Lutring
Inspector Moroni
Claudio Camaso ...
Franco Magni
Renato Niccolai ...
Comm. Giuliani
Ottavio Fanfani ...
Isp. Julien
Pupo De Luca ...
(as Giovanni De Luca)
Corrado Olmi ...
Bobino, riccetatore
Yvonne Lutring
Augusto Bonardi
Renato Terra
Emilio Delle Piane
Roberto Maldera
Aldo Suligoj ...
Agente francese
Piero Buttarelli ...
(as Pietro Butarelli)
Rita Ricciarelli


Luciano Lutring is a dangerous fugitive in Italy, he meets Candida, a nightclub singer and they fall in love. On their back is Candida's lover Franco Magni, a two-bit gangster. Powered by his new-found fame and reputation, Lutring increasingly becomes more and more reckless, robbing as many jewelry stores as he can and pawning them before the cops catch up with him. One of the first of many poliziesco movies of the time and based on the life of real-life criminal Luciano Lutring; the infamous jewelry thief also known as the "machine gun soloist", a name he acquired by the media by keeping his weapon in a violin case. Written by norma-desmond

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The story of 'Luciano'


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Great remaster of this Italian classic
1 March 2016 | by (London,United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Arrow Video are very good at remastering old crime and exploitation classics and breathing new life into them. This is from 1966 and stars Austrian actor Robert Hoffman as Luciano Lutring – he was a famous jewellery thief who used a sub machine gun for some of his heists. He was seen as a romantic figure at the time – though God only knows why. He did work at a dairy before he met his future wife. This is the singer - at the less salubrious venues – Yvonne, played by Lisa Gastroni . He falls in love with her and then decides to give her everything fabulous by stealing it.

He gets involved with other gangs and goes on a crime spree across Europe but mainly France and Italy. The film tells his story and it does it in a style that was very much the sixties. Lutring is a bit of a misogynist with a violent temper but Hoffman plays him brilliantly. Those of a certain age will remember him from the sixties TV series 'Robinson Crusoe' that was a staple of children's summer TV on the BBC etc. There are some continuity errors and the plot seems to jump in places but they are fairly minor in the overall scheme.

The quality of the print does vary from excellent to passable which is fine for a transfer of a film this old. The sound is all dubbed as was the way then but I got used to that fairly quickly too. It is also a great time capsule with regards to the fashions, the cars, music dancing – everything. At two hours too I felt this may out stay its welcome but far from it. This is one for those who love Italian crime capers of a certain era, but do not expect modern techniques to be on show here and you will be far from disappointed – recommended.

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