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Release Date:
April 1974 (USA) See more »
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A tale of revenge, sleaze and soap. See more (13 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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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
Sound Mix:
Australia:M (cut) | UK:X (cut) | USA:R (cut) | West Germany:18 (SPIO: X)

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A tale of revenge, sleaze and soap., 9 May 2008
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

Christopher Mitchum is Ricco, a pretty boy with a blonde fringe fresh out of prison who sets out to avenge the death of his father, who was murdered 2 years ago in by his competitor in the Italian mafia underworld, Don Vito. As if that wasn't enough, slick Don Vito even stole his girl-friend. Well you'd think Ricco has plenty of reasons to be really angry. I'm talking Charles Bronson angry. Instead Ricco has this "I have nothing better to do this afternoon, so I might as well take on the mob" attitude that makes you wonder if anyone on the set told Mitchum exactly why he's supposed to be taking revenge.

Mitchum might not be able to emote for the life of him, but at least he has two modes: smirk and stare blank. He also kisses like a fish, rolls on the ground with his sister and her boyfriend because they're too happy to see him out of prison, feigns laughter when he nearly evades car accidents, blinks in close-up when he recognizes his mother and sister's dead bodies (that's emotion for you), heck he even karate chops people in a flashback to impress his father. His karate moves are a hoot and the movie is worth the price of admission for that scene alone.

Don Vito is a slick Italian mafia boss type with a mustache. He owns a soap factory, says stuff like "don't you know by now I hate soap... and men that sweat" and turns his own men into it when they fail him. If you sleep with his sultry girl-friend you get castrated in graphic detail, fed your own penis then you're thrown in a tank full of acid (that's how he turns people into soap). You don't wanna go around messing with this guy.

Now for the sleaze. It comes in the form of the drop dead gorgeous Euro babes Barbara Bouchet (regular in 70's gialli) and Malisa Longo. We get get close ups of Bouchet's ass and breasts while she walks, she has a striptease scene on the hood of a car, she's lucky enough to bed Ricco and is her all around cute self. Longo in the role of Don Vito's girlfriend spends most of the movie scantily clad and seduces Don Vito's underling in a very sexy scene. Refer to the previous paragraph for what happens when you have a sex scene with her.

The first half of the movie is so delightfully cheesy that I kept wondering where's Joe Bob Briggs when you need him. The second one is more gritty and sadistic with a graphic castration scene and lots of gunplay. The sleaze has a steady presence throughout and so does the silly dialogue. The score reminded me of The Godfather. That about sums it up I think.

Ricco is by no means a profound crime drama but it's entertaining and schlocky enough to warrant a viewing or two. Fans of 70's Italian crime b-movies will lap it up and ask for more.

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