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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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VIOLENT CITY (Sergio Sollima, 1970) **1/2 See more (26 total) »

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)

Directed by
Sergio Sollima 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gianfranco Calligarich  screenplay
Massimo De Rita  story
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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Also Known As:
"Città violenta" - Italy (original title)
"Violent City" - Australia (imdb display title), Canada (English title) (imdb display title), Hong Kong (English title) (imdb display title), Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), New Zealand (English title) (imdb display title), South Africa (English title) (imdb display title), UK
"Final Shot" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
"Violent City" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
100 min | Sweden:104 min (TV)
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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 | Netherlands:AL (DVD rating) | Norway:16 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18 (nf) (original rating)
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This movie had two major American releases in the United States. The first run was distributed by International Co-Productions whilst the second, a wide release, was distributed by United Artists. The film was known as "Violent City" for the first of these releases but was retitled "The Family" for the second. The film's second release in February 1973 had the film's "The Family" title-logo set in white text on black background and in a display font - all similar to The Godfather (1972)'s title logo, that movie having had been released around just a year beforehand. This was to cash-in on that film's success as this Italian movie also involved the mob and family: the inter-relationship between a hit-man, a mob boss and their shared love interest. This movie's title has reverted to "Violent City" for its DVD release in English speaking territories. The "Violent City" title of this picture is a literal English translation of its original Italian title which is "Città Violenta".See more »
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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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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
VIOLENT CITY (Sergio Sollima, 1970) **1/2, 24 July 2007
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

Director Sollima first forsook the Western genre with this stylish gangster drama: its complex revenge plot is, basically, a combination of two seminal American noirs – OUT OF THE PAST (1947) and POINT BLANK (1967). The end result is overlong and deliberately-paced – but the second half generates considerable tension, and the action sequences (particularly the opening car chase, a racing-car ‘accident’ and the climactic shoot-out in a rising elevator which, incidentally, are all the more effective for being completely dialogue-free) are undeniably well-staged and exciting.

The film also provided its star, Charles Bronson, with a virtual template for all his subsequent vehicles; though his real-life wife Jill Ireland (who appears in a surprising number of nude scenes) doesn’t quite cut it as a femme fatale, the couple’s chemistry is more than evident and gives credence to the on/off romance which essentially drives the narrative. Also in the cast: Telly Savalas (in his all-too-typical role of crime kingpin), Umberto Orsini (as a shady lawyer) and Michel Constantin (as Bronson’s ageing junkie pal). Beneficial, too, is the unusual New Orleans setting – and the remaining credentials are certainly imposing: “Euro Cult” fixture Ennio Morricone’s score is excellent (but, again, the main theme is awfully similar to that of REVOLVER [1973] and THE UNTOUCHABLES [1987]!); renowned cinematographer Aldo Tonti; and, most astonishingly, co-screenwriter Lina Wertmuller.

The DVD features an informative 15-minute interview with Sollima, in which he discusses how he became involved with the project: invariably, he had found the original script terrible but was eventually lured by the opportunity of a U.S. shoot, mentions that the lead roles were originally intended for Jon Voight and Sharon Tate(!), and even recalls an amusing anecdote which sums up Morricone’s attitude to films.

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