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Release Date:
April 1974 (USA) See more »
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User Reviews:
A nasty little crime flick with the lovely Miss Bouchet See more (15 total) »


  (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
Tony Brubaker .... stunts
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carmen Ochoa .... wardrobe
Other crew
Olga Moller .... script girl

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gangland" - USA (video title)
"Ricco the Mean Machine" - USA (DVD title)
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Italy:83 min | USA:89 min | West Germany:91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M (cut) | UK:X (cut) | USA:R (cut) | West Germany:18 (SPIO: X) (cut)

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The cast and crew ate lunch at the gas station restaurant used in this film.See more »


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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A nasty little crime flick with the lovely Miss Bouchet, 27 March 2007
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

The title suggests that Cauldron of Death is going to be another Giallo-styled thriller (Italian marketing campaigns...), but it turns out that this film is actually a part of seventies Italy's other big export; the Dirty Harry-influenced cop flick! Cauldron of Death is a little more nasty than a lot of the genre, however, as it features plenty of grisly murders, including some unlucky victims that find themselves being thrown into a vat of acid, a la our featured criminals' favourite method of dealing with people that annoy them. The story doesn't actually focus on the police like a lot of these seventies Italian crime movies, and the centre of the plot is Rico; a young man recently released from jail and thirsty for revenge on the man that killed his father (which we see at the opening of the film). The guilty party is a mobster named Don Vito, and he's certainly an adversary to be reckoned with as Rico, two years since he was sentenced to jail, is forced to match wits and out everything on the line to get revenge on the vicious Don Vito.

The film benefits from a good female duo. I'll watch anything that features the lovely Barbara Bouchet, and she doesn't disappoint here as we get treated to one of the best striptease scenes in Italian cinema! The film also features Malisa Longo, who adds to the eye candy. The men aren't bad either, as while Robert Mitchum's son Christopher is a little too naive looking for my liking; he still plays his part well. Arthur Kennedy rounds off a good central cast as the vicious Don Vito. Director Tulio Demicheli succeeds at generating a fetid atmosphere for the film to take place in, and the nasty death scenes certainly don't feel out of place considering the look and nature of the movie. The main problem with the film stems from the plotting. You'd be a fool to go into a cheapo seventies Italian thriller expecting a thoroughly well thought out plot; but this one veers off course a bit too often, and it can become distracting after a while. It's not a fatal problem; however, as Cauldron of Death is an entertaining and gritty little thriller that is well worth seeing if you can find it!

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