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Mario di Nardo (screenplay)
Mario di Nardo (story)
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Release Date:
April 1974 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Pray it doesn't happen to you! See more »
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Great Italian crime flick--definitely recommended See more (14 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Christopher Mitchum ... Ricco Aversi

Barbara Bouchet ... Scilla
Malisa Longo ... Rosa
Eduardo Fajardo ... Cyrano
Manuel Zarzo ... Tony
José María Caffarel ... The Marsigliese
Ángel Álvarez ... Giuseppe Calogero

Arthur Kennedy ... Don Vito
Paola Senatore ... Concetta Aversi
Luis Induni ... Ricco's father
Tomás Blanco
Víctor Israel ... Checana, the nightclub owner
José Canalejas
Luigi Antonio Guerra ... Concetta's husband
Rina Franchetti ... Ricco's mother
Goyo Lebrero

Antonio Mayans ... Nightclub bartender (as Juan Antonio Mayans)
Lorenzo Robledo
Domenico Maggio
Andrea Scotti ... Policeman
Carla Mancini
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Agustín Bescos ... Mobster (uncredited)
Sergio Testori ... Don Vito's Assassin (uncredited)

Directed by
Tulio Demicheli 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mario di Nardo  screenplay
Mario di Nardo  story
José Gutiérrez Maesso  screenplay (as José G. Maesso)
José Gutiérrez Maesso  story (as José G. Maesso)
Santiago Moncada  screenplay
Santiago Moncada  story

Produced by
Edward L. Montoro .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Nando De Luca 
 
Cinematography by
Francisco Fraile 
 
Film Editing by
Ángel Serrano 
 
Production Management
Faustino Ocaña .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Félix Fernández .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Rafael Ferri .... set designer
 
Stunts
Tony Brubaker .... stunts
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carmen Ochoa .... wardrobe
 
Other crew
Olga Moller .... script girl
 

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Also Known As:
"Gangland" - USA (video title)
"Ricco the Mean Machine" - USA (DVD title)
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Runtime:
Italy:83 min | USA:89 min | West Germany:91 min
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Certification:
Australia:M (cut) | UK:X (cut) | USA:R (cut) | West Germany:18 (SPIO: X)

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Great Italian crime flick--definitely recommended, 12 February 2008
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

A young man (Chris Mitchum) gets out of prison to find that his mafia don father has been brutally murdered, and that the man that who did it (Arthur Kennedy)has also taken his fiancée (Malisa Longo). This sounds like the perfect set-up for a revenge movie, but this is actually a very atypical one. The young man had little respect for his gangster father and after years in prison is not all that desirous of revenge, but is drawn into it by his vengeful, invalid mother, his father's crooked business associates, his promiscuous former fiancée, and, above all, the utterly ruthless paranoia of the new don. This movie also takes the saying that "if you go seeking vengeance, dig two graves" to whole new extremes. The hero should have dug many, many graves since his vendetta gets practically everybody in the cast, sympathetic or evil, killed. Of course, digging graves is largely unnecessary since the evil don gets rid of most of HIS victims by putting them in an acid bath and turning them into soap for his soap factory (hilariously, he is therefore, afraid to use soap). This movie is VERY violent including graphic scenes of castration, a guy getting his face caved in with a rifle butt, ad infinitum. It was actually first released in the US as a horror movie called "Cauldron of Death".

What's interesting though, without giving away the end, is that the final revenge is strangely unsatisfying, and the movie ends up being more a tragedy like "Hamlet" than a revenge flick. It's more violent than your average American revenge flick, but also ironically a lot less fascist. Violence is not the answer to every problem and only begets more violence that ultimately stains the "good guys" as well as the "bad". (Also, even the ruthless don is humanized a bit in that he does seem to genuinely love his faithless mistress). Although certainly not all Italian crime/revenge movies are like this, I would still maintain that Italians seem to have learned something from their dark, fascist past that has been lost on many Americans.

But if all that's too left-wing for you, here's something that should appeal to ALL crime movie fans--the women. Barbara Bouchet does a sexy striptease that'll have your tongue unspooling onto the floor, but she also has an especially meaty role for a woman in one of these films as the protagonist's partner as well as his lover. Malisa Longo (whose body, uh, of work I was previously unfamiliar with) is a more the typical piece of meat (she's naked in every one of her scenes), but she does get to do some acting in her brief screen time. Ditto with future porn star Paola Senatore playing the protagonist's sister (who spends a hilariously amount of her time in bed with her husband)--I didn't even recognize her until the credits because I've never actually seen her actually ACT before. I would definitely recommend this one.

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