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Release Date:
1 February 1973 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
"The Godfather" Gave You an Offer You Couldn't Refuse. "The Family" Gives You No Alternative.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Charles Bronson ... Jeff Heston

Jill Ireland ... Vanessa Shelton

Michel Constantin ... Killain

Telly Savalas ... Al Weber
Umberto Orsini ... Steve
Ray Saunders ... Prisoner (as Ray Sanders)
Benjamin Lev ... Jeff's Mate
Peter Dane ... Television Host
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Savalas ... Shapiro
Beryl Salvatore ... Debutante (uncredited)
Robert Spafford ... Killain (voice) (uncredited)
Goffredo Unger ... Bit Part (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sergio Sollima 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Massimo De Rita  story
Gianfranco Galligarich  screenplay (as Gianfranco Calligarich)
Arduino Maiuri  story (as Dino Maiuri)
Sauro Scavolini  screenplay
Sergio Sollima  screenplay
Lina Wertmüller  screenplay

Produced by
Arrigo Colombo .... producer (as Harry Colombo)
Giorgio Papi .... producer (as George Papi)
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Aldo Tonti 
 
Film Editing by
Nino Baragli 
 
Art Direction by
Franco Fumagalli 
 
Makeup Department
Iolanda Conti .... hair stylist (as Jolanda Conti)
Rocchetti .... wig maker
Mario Van Riel .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Alfredo Di Santo .... assistant production manager
Piero Donati .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fabrizio Gianni .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Giuseppe Aldrovandi .... assistant set designer (as Giuseppe Aldorvandi)
Francesco Bronzi .... set designer
Giacomo Calò Carducci .... assistant set designer
 
Sound Department
Aldo De Martino .... sound (as Aldo De Martini)
Gaetano Testa .... assistant sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Luciano Tonti .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Giulio Coltellacci .... costumes: Jill Ireland
 
Music Department
Ennio Morricone .... conductor
Bruno Nicolai .... conductor
 
Other crew
Alberto De Stefani .... production accountant
Rémy Julienne .... supervisor of racing cars
Bona Magrini .... script girl
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Città violenta" - Italy (original title)
"Final Shot" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
100 min | Sweden:104 min (TV)
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Color (Technicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Finland:K-15 (uncut) (2006) (DVD) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1988) (VHS) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1971) (theatrical release) | France:U | Germany:16 (2005) (cut) | Italy:VM14 | Japan:PG-12 | Norway:16 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18 (nf) (original rating)
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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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the shooting scene after Coogan and Vanessa left in the Porsche, the P08 Luger, with which Jeff kills his three pursuers, is seen at one moment in a take from behind with the breech opened (magazine empty) and in the very next moment in a take from the front with the breech closed (pistol loaded). This continuity-error is about ten minutes into the movie, in a scene where Jeff lies in the sand and shoots the last attacker on the other side of the burning car.See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
"I want you to join our little family"., 10 July 2010
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Charles Bronson at his best? In a way yes, but maybe no. I guess it all depends in what you want to see. An all out action film, moving like a speeding car (in which the opening sequence ---and what a beginning it is! --- has a beautifully staged car chase through the slender streets of the Virgin Islands) and throwing caution to the wind. Well that would be a no on that aspect. However something a little twisty within its narrative, tension building through its dramatic story developments and brooding atmospherics with a watershed performance by Bronson. I would go yes.

After a double-cross that leaves him for dead, professional hit man Jeff survives and serves some time before tracking down the culprit - an old friend and his former mistress to New Orleans. Jeff gets revenge and his lady back, but he finds himself being blackmailed by an influential crime boss Al Weber.

Bronson at this period of his career was etching out a name through European productions and "Violent City" aka "The Family" happens to be one of those better enterprises. Italian director Sergio Sollima ("The Big Gundown", "Run, Man, Run" and "Revolver") stylishly lays out the rough and ready groundwork like a fuse waiting to ignite. The slow-tempo works, due to the plots knotty structure of betrayals and double-crossings with slice of tragedy in something of a modern western vibe and these moments are either broken up by reflective instances (like splicing together flashbacks), getting reactions in a game of wits between characters or relentlessly dynamic and imaginative action sequences. Sollima's crisp cinematography frames it all with remarkable long shots and showy camera angles, as the visuals are simply stunning and the location work is brought live by its authentically flavoured New Orleans backdrop. Ennio Morricone composes the scorching music score, which is excitingly cued with its majestically saucy edge… but despite the masterful effort I thought the greatest sequences arose from the silent periods in the intensely crackling opening spectacle and climatic finale passage of the film (which was beautifully unsettling). The tight screenplay keeps it sly and cynical, but at the core behind its engagingly complicated plot mechanisms is a simple minded, but seething revenge outlook. The acting fairs-up with more of a physical, but terse performance by Bronson, which his silent and tough persona fitted right at home with. There's burning conviction by Jill Ireland with her tantalizingly devious turn and Terry Savalas is living it up as a powerful crime figure. Umberto Orsini and Michel Constantin are quite good too.

A gritty, compelling crime potboiler.

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