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Release Date:
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
Arduino Maiuri (story) (as Dino Maiuri) and
Massimo De Rita (story)

Sauro Scavolini (screenplay) and
Gianfranco Calligarich (screenplay) and
Lina Wertmüller (screenplay) (as Lina Wertmuller) and
Sergio Sollima (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:Tous publics | Germany:16 (2005) (cut) | Italy:VM14 | Japan:PG-12 | Netherlands:AL (DVD rating) | Norway:16 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (nf) (original rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Telly Savalas' character repeatedly makes reference to Charles Bronson being a generation under him. In reality, the two have only a three-month age difference with Bronson actually being older.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Millennium Mambo (2001)See more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Bronson at his best., 26 February 2009
Author: Erich8192 from Corpus Christi, Texas

Now this is right up my alley; a New Orleans alley full of duplicitous whores and seedy criminals. The unrivaled Charles Bronson in one of his better roles of the 1970's, and as always his awkwardly wide eyed on-screen/off-screen partner Jill Ireland is along for the ride shaking her ass the whole time. People always gush over his hit-man role in The Mechanic, and while that character may have slightly more depth, the hit-man story in Violent City is far more engaging than that 1972 romp. It starts off into what you would think is a basic revenge tale, but after that element is fulfilled and there is still more than an hour to go in the film, the plot verges into increasingly weird and dark territory.

This is an Italien production directed by Sergio Sollima and the movie has a dubbed look unfortunately. The filming is on location in New Orleans? Italy? I don't know, i've never been to either place, but the setting has a real vivid feel to it; in particular there is one scene on an estate that is surrounded by an eerie swampland with abandoned ghost boats that always creeps me out. The musical score by Ennio Morricone adds the perfect gritty/dirty touch to the film and is quintessential 1970's style. R rated, so there is a good dose of female nudity and some really fake (but nonetheless bloody) gunshot action, and Bronson delivers his tough guy power play persona well by busting arms in car doors. Speaking of cars, there is some superb French Connection/Bullitt style driving footage in this film, makes me wish to see it in the theater.

I came to this movie from being a Bronson fan, not a Sergio Sollima fan, and although I notice some Sollima fans on here saying this is one of his lesser pictures, having seen most of Bronson's 1970's output, I can say it is at least one of his best efforts. Highly recommended mainly for Bronson fans, but also for 1970s-cinemaphiles, or in general people who like a sleazy blurring of sex and violence in their movies.

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