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The Family (1970) Poster

(1970)

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Sharon Tate was considered for the role of Vanessa Sheldon which was played in the film by Jill Ireland.
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Jon Voight was considered for the role of Jeff Heston which was played in the film by Charles Bronson.
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According to the DVD sleeve notes, this movie was inspired by Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samurai (1967).
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Charles Bronson received top / first billing, Telly Savalas received second billing and Jill Ireland received third billing.
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Telly Savalas, despite receiving second billing, does not appear in the movie until about one hour in [uncut version].
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Third and final movie which featured both Charles Bronson and Telly Savalas. The earlier two films were Battle of the Bulge (1965) and The Dirty Dozen (1967).
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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".
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This movie was co-written by Italian auteur director/writer Lina Wertmüller.
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The DVD includes a special feature called Shooting Violent City (2001) which is a 15-minute interview with the film's director Sergio Sollima.
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United Artists cut about eight minutes from the Italian version of this film for its American release. These scenes are re-inserted in the DVD.
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The complete and uncut version of this film on DVD restores all scenes which had been omitted from all earlier English language prints. As these scenes were never looped in English, they appear on the DVD in Italian language with English subtitles, while the rest of the film is in English.
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One of the first major star teamings of action star Charles Bronson with his actress wife Jill Ireland.
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