The Family (1970)
"Città violenta" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  1 February 1973 (USA)
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A hitman is double-crossed by his girlfriend and barely escapes a murder attempt. He then sets out to take his revenge on the woman and the gang boss who put her up to it.



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Credited cast:
Vanessa Shelton
Al Weber
Umberto Orsini ...
Ray Saunders ...
Prisoner (as Ray Sanders)
Benjamin Lev ...
Jeff's Mate
Peter Dane ...
Television Host
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After a bloody double-cross leaves him for dead, professional hit man Jeff tracks the shooter and his beautiful mistress to New Orleans. But when Jeff takes both revenge and the woman, he finds himself blackmailed by a powerful crime boss who wants the fiercely independent gunman to join his organization. Jeff refuses, and is hunted through an unforgiving city where love is like a loaded gun and debts of vengeance are paid in bullets. Written by Edwin van Oorschot <>

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"The Godfather" Gave You an Offer You Couldn't Refuse. "The Family" Gives You No Alternative.


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Jon Voight was considered for the role of Jeff Heston which was played in the film by Charles Bronson. See more »


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lesser Sollima film, lesser Bronson movie, but still entertaining enough
7 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After the highly entertaining Run,Man, Run, writer/ Director Sergio Sollima returned with this satisfying,if not all successful, tale of a hit-man, Jeff, who gained a conscience (Charles Bronson) and his quest to find the people who've double-crossed him and had him thrown in jail (and almost killed). Mrs. Bronson, Jill Ireland, is on hand as the conniving girlfriend who along with local mafioso boss, Weber (Telly Savalas) play him for a patsy. Entertaining enough and the re-added minutes of footage in the Anchor Bay released DVD of this is very welcome. Any fellow Bronson appreciator will find nothing to complain about with this one, and Jill (it very well could be a body double though) supplies the T&A content quite nicely (and multiple times). Fans of the director will be slightly off-put as this isn't as good as his films that came directly before (Run, Man, Run, The Big Gundown, Face to Face), nor after (Revolver) all of which are highly recommended by me by the way. However this is still a welcome enough diversion.

My Grade: B-

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