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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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Some good and some bizarre moments in this otherwise routine poliziotteschi See more (23 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)
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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Also Known As:
"Città violenta" - Italy (original title)
"Violent City" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
"Final Shot" - International (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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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 »
Goofs:
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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Some good and some bizarre moments in this otherwise routine poliziotteschi, 31 December 2014
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Violent City is an Italian crime film starring Charles Bronson and Telly Savalas. It was directed by Sergio Sollima who made the notable spaghetti western, The Big Gundown. It's about a hit-man from New Orleans who is framed for a crime by a Mafia boss who has also stolen his girlfriend.

This is a pretty middling poliziotteschi with some good moments. It begins very well indeed though, with an energetic Ennio Morricone theme playing over stylish credits, followed immediately with a very dramatic car chase topped off with a by bloody gun battle. There's almost no dialogue at all for the opening ten minutes that encompasses this action – it's all very cinematic and exciting. It would only be fair to say that this section is the best part of the movie as a whole. Once the narrative kicks in, it gets a little melodramatic with a plot-line that is quite messily told and not especially inspired. Bronson is solid enough in the lead role – he certainly looks the part. Savalas is very good as the crime boss and his screen charisma certainly counts for quite a lot, it's a pity he didn't have a more expansive role. The overall dynamics between all the characters isn't as interesting as it might have been though, meaning the story is not always as engaging as it could be.

There is a limited supply of action scenes but they are sometimes quite memorable, such as the racing car smashing through a brick wall. While the lift scene at the end was very well staged with dramatic use of sound - or lack of it rather. Another moment that had me more baffled was the whole sequence involving the large spider in the jail cell; it was played out in a decidedly surreal manner that felt like was from another movie entirely, it seemed to serve no purpose whatsoever and felt suspiciously like Sollima had got hold of the – extremely creepy – mechanical spider thing and just wanted to use it in his film, so wrote it in utterly randomly! All-in-all, one for fans of Italian crime flicks, although it's certainly not one of the best examples of this genre. There is, however, some well shot action, a couple of B-movie legends and a muscular Morricone soundtrack – so there is definitely enough reasons to check it out if you like this kind of stuff.

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