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Rabid Dogs (1974) More at IMDbPro »Cani arrabbiati (original title)

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Rabid Dogs -- Following a bungled robbery, three violent criminals take a young woman, a middle-aged man, and a child hostage and force them to drive them outside Rome to help them make a clean getaway (In HD).


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Lock the doors, rollup the windows, and buckle up ... for the ride of your life!
Following a bungled robbery, three violent criminals take a young woman, a middle-aged man, and a child hostage and force them to drive them outside Rome to help them make a clean getaway. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Riccardo Cucciolla ... Riccardo
Don Backy ... Bisturi (Blade) (as Aldo Caponi/Riccardo Rovatti)
Lea Lander ... Maria
Maurice Poli ... Dottore (as Renato Cecchetto)
George Eastman ... Trentadue (Thirtytwo) (as Luigi Montefiori/Gabriele Duma)
Maria Fabbri ... Maria Sbravati (as Marisa Fabbri)
Erika Dario ... Marisa
Luigi Antonio Guerra ... Employee (as Luigi Guerra)
Francesco Ferrini ... Gas Station Attendant
Emilio Bonucci ... Taxi Driver
Pino Manzari ... Toll Collector
Ettore Manni ... Bank President
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mario Bava ... Crowd extra (uncredited)
Barbara Ehringer ... Woman behind the window (1996 prologue restoration) (voice) (uncredited)
Nina Gueltzow ... Woman behind the window (1996 prologue restoration) (uncredited)
Fabrizia Sacchi ... Mother (1996 prologue restoration) (uncredited)

Directed by
Mario Bava 
Lamberto Bava (director: new scenes) (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael J. Carroll  short story "Man and Boy" (uncredited)
Cesare Frugoni  uncredited
Alessandro Parenzo  screenplay
Alessandro Parenzo  story

Produced by
David E. Allen .... executive producer: restored version
Lamberto Bava .... producer
Harmon Kaslow .... executive producer: restored version
Alfredo Leone .... producer
Roberto Loyola .... producer
Original Music by
Stelvio Cipriani 
Cinematography by
Emilio Varriano 
Mario Bava (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Carlo Reali 
Makeup Department
Vittorio Biseo .... makeup artist
Marisa Marconi .... hair stylist
Angelo Roncaioli .... makeup artist
Production Management
Lucio Orlandini .... production manager
Ugo Valenti .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fabrizio Bava .... assistant director (as Roy Bava)
Lamberto Bava .... assistant director
Mario Garriba .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Roberto Alberghini .... sound recordist
Mario Bramonti .... sound recordist
Giuseppe Muratori .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Sergio Chiusi .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Giuseppe Alberti .... assistant camera
Cosimo Barbera .... grip
Giovanni Canfarelli Modica .... assistant camera (as Gianni Modica)
Giuliana De Rossi .... still photographer
Vittorio Monterosso .... grip
Quinto Proietti .... grip
Massimo Rinaldi .... best boy
Toto Rinaldi .... gaffer
Flaminio Tabarrini .... best boy
Franco Tocci .... key grip
Jurgen Haller .... camera operator: prologue (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wayne A. Finkelman .... wardrobe (as Wayne Filnkelman)
Maura Zuccherofino .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Lea Lander .... post-production (as Lea Krueger)
Angelo Marzullo .... additional editor
Other crew
Dawne Allstrom .... script girl: English
Antonella Ballasio .... continuity
Cesare Caramandi .... production secretary
Renato Cecchetto .... dubbing director
Ivan Cerio .... title designer
Carlo Fabris .... production accountant
Nando Nibbi .... continuity
Franco Panzo .... permits
Vanda Tuzzi .... continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Cani arrabbiati" - Italy (original title)
"Kidnapped" - Italy (restored version), USA (restored version)
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96 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Often mistakenly is considered an influence on Reservoir Dogs because of how the movie is based around the after effects of a heist. The film wasn't released till 5 years after Reservoir Dogs. Quentin Tarantino has said that Mario Bava's Black Sabbath influenced Pulp Fiction, however.See more »
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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Breathtaking Bava!, 24 June 2008
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

The great Mario Bava is mainly known as the supreme master of Gothic Horror Tales as well as the inventor of the Giallo. With the two aforementioned sub-genres being my favorites in the Horror genre, it is not surprising that Bava ranks among my favorite directors ever in motion picture history. Out of all Horror directors, Bava is arguably the one responsible for the most masterpieces - the man simply directed so many ingenious films that it is hard to pick out favorites. If I had to choose a favorite, it would be "La Maschera Del Demonio" aka. "Black Sunday" (1960), but there are various other flawless masterpieces in this brilliant man's repertoire that no Horror fan, no, no lover of film in general, could possibly consider missing, such as "Blood And Black Lace", "Kill Baby... Kill", "Black Sabbath", "The Girl Who Knew Too Much", "The Whip And The Body, or "A Bay Of Blood", just to name a few. Or this ingenious film. Even when dabbling outside of his most familiar Horror genre, Mario Bava outshines the rest, as "Cani Arrabbiati" proves. Bava obviously was in for something different with "Cani Arrabbiati" aka "Rabid Dogs" of 1974, and the outcome was an incomparably breathtaking mixture of stunning Crime/Heist flick and sadistic thriller. Even though violent crime flicks were immensely popular (and many of them immensely brilliant) in Italy of the mid 70s, "Rabid Dogs" is somewhat unique. Without exaggeration, the film, which runs by several aka. titles, such as "Semaforo Rosso", "Wild Dogs" and "Kidnapped" must be one of the most uncompromising, breathtaking and purely adrenaline-driven masterpieces ever brought to screen. Sadly, this ingenious film remained unreleased to the public for over 20 years. Due to the producer's bankruptcy, the completed film was withheld by courts until it was finally released in the late 90s, years after Bava's death.

After a robbery, three criminals, their leader being a cold thinker called The Doctor (Maurice Poli), the other two sadistic psychopaths named Thirtytwo (none other than exploitation-cult-actor Greorge Eastman) and Balde (Don Backy), brutally murder a woman and take another woman hostage, in order to escape from the police. In order to obtain a new car they also kidnap a man named Riccardo (Riccardo Cucciolla), and the sick child that he was about to bring to hospital... I am not going to give away more, but I can assure that the film is absolutely stunning. The tension and constantly menacing atmosphere never pauses for even a minute, and, at times the film gets quite shockingly sadistic. While Bava's goriest film is doubtlessly "A Bay Of Blood", this "Cani Arrabbiati" is easily his most disturbing one. All three of the gangsters are despicable characters, but while the leader is merely interested in getting away, Blade and especially Thirtytwo are mainly psychopathic. The acting performances are entirely great. Riccardo Cucciolla is excellent in the lead (if one can call it that, as the film is mainly set in a car, and all the characters have almost equal screen time). All three gangsters are brilliantly displayed as despicable as possibly imaginable. Maurice Poli, who plays the leader, had already worked with Bava in "5 Dolls For An August Moon" as well as in a small role in "Baron Blood". George Eastman enjoys a deserved cult status for starring in and co-writing various exploitation classics (most memorably Joe D'Amato's gruesome "Antropophagus" and the equally shocking follow-up "Absurd"), "Cani Arrabiati" is arguably the greatest film he was ever involved in. Don Backy is equally sadistic as the knife-specialist Blade, and Lea Leander is just great as the female hostage Maria. Leander does an outstanding job with her very realistic portrayal of the fear and distress of a hostage. The camera-work is ingenious, and Stelvio Cipriani's brilliant score holds the tense atmosphere up for every second.

I could go on praising "Cani Arrabbiati" for a long time, but I will just finish with the statement that it is a true must-see for everyone even remotely interested in 70s genre-cinema. This masterpiece was lost for many years, and while it is unfortunate that it never got released in Mario Bava's lifetime, it is more than great that it is available now. This may not be a typical example for Mario Bava's great repertoire, but it ranges among his most brilliant films. A true must! 10/10

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