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1 February 1973 (USA) See more »
"The Godfather" Gave You an Offer You Couldn't Refuse. "The Family" Gives You No Alternative.
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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  (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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100 min | Sweden:104 min (TV)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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Charles Bronson received top / first billing, Telly Savalas received second billing and Jill Ireland received third billing.See more »
Continuity: After Jeff fires numerous holes into the glass elevator, we see Vanessa looking out the glass which has no holes in it.See more »
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Violent City - 1970, 9 February 2002
Author: ( from Sydney, Australia

First of all i must admit that i'm a Charles Bronson fan and have been for quite a while. I have seen a lot of his films including all of them made after Violent City. So when i came across the movie being released on DVD and i was still yet to see it, i was quick to buy it. The DVD is presented in a fantastic format (trailer, production and movie stills, 15 minute interview with the director and cast and crew backgrounds). The movie is structured in a very unique way. Being an Italian/French coproduction and filmed largely in New Orleans the film consists of English and Italian dialogue to satisfy both cultures and uses flashback scenes to illustrate what is a very straightforward story of hitmen and mobsters and doublecrossings. The music score is by Ennio Morricone and as expected first rate. The cast is headed by Bronson. He doesn't talk much in this movie, more so than in his other outings and uses more of a physical style of acting with many close ups on his charactaristic face. He does well as usual. Telly Savalas has a small, but important role as the head of his "family". His philosiphies to Bronson are interesting. And Jill Ireland as Vanessa is truly seductive. She has never looked more beautiful than in this movie and you get to see plenty of her in this version. Her acting is not great but not too bad compared to some of her later stuff with her husband. As a whole i wasn't expecting too much but "Violent City" is quite under-rated and does have some very good scenes including a car chase, a sniper scene and the very well done ending. There are no good guys in this movie, but it is truthful. I give it a 7 out of 10, but i don't know if non-Bronson fans would enjoy it as much. I hope they continue to put more of Charlie's films on DVD and done in a similar way. Particularly "Rider On The Rain", "The Mechanic", "The Valachi Papers" and the little known Bronson/Curtis "You Can't Win 'Em All.

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