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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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Pre-Dirty Harry, but still a lesser Italian crime film See more (24 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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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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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: 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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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Pre-Dirty Harry, but still a lesser Italian crime film, 20 March 2007
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

I've been watching a lot of these Italian cop flicks recently, but unfortunately; Violent City isn't one of the best. The film was released before Dirty Harry (unlike the rest of the genre), so it does deserve some credit for originality. That's not to say it's bad by any means, but this Charles Bronson vehicle doesn't entertain on the same level as a lot of the rest of the genre. There are certainly a lot of good things about this film; but unfortunately, there's also a lot of bad and the film features long stretches where little or nothing happens, which certainly isn't to its credit. It's a shame really as this has the basis to be one of the best of the Italian crime films just because of the fact that it stars the 'man of few words' Charles Bronson. The plot is pretty standard stuff, and focuses on a hit-man that is double crossed by his friend and girlfriend. After getting out of jail, he decides to take revenge on those that wronged him. However, some way into his revenge; he begins being blackmailed by a powerful crime boss that wants the hit-man in his organisation.

Charles Bronson has a lot of screen presence, despite the fact that this role doesn't really suit him. His character is called 'Jeff' (it's really hard to imagine the grizzled Charles Bronson being called "Jeff"), and it's also rather difficult to imagine him having the women after him... The film's positives are, luckily, enough to save it from being a complete loss. The opening car chase is really good, and provides the perfect opening to the film. From there, we are treated to a handful of good action scenes, including plenty of shooting (a given, since the lead character is a hit-man). The sequence at the end is the best part of the film, as it's both exciting and inventive, and provides the perfect way for our lead character to get his revenge. The support cast isn't great, and features Telly Savalas, who is decent enough and Jill Ireland, who looks nice throughout. However, the plotting continually gets in the way and the fact that the film doesn't run smoothly greatly hinders it. Overall, Violent City certainly has its moments; but it's not one of the best crime films to come out of Italy during the seventies.

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