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Street Law -- Franco Nero stars as Carlo Antonelli, an average citizen until the day he is brutally beaten during a violent robbery.


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Release Date:
February 1976 (USA) See more »
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Carlo Antonelli, an engineer from Genoa, gets mugged and decides to take justice into his own hands. At first the muggers seem to get the upper hand, but then he's helped by Tommy, a young robber who takes his side. | Add synopsis »
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not the best Euro-crime, but lots of fun See more (20 total) »


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Franco Nero ... Carlo
Giancarlo Prete ... Tommy

Barbara Bach ... Barbara
Renzo Palmer ... Inspector
Nazzareno Zamperla ... Beard
Massimo Vanni ... Unibrow
Romano Puppo ... Ringleader
Renata Zamengo ... Cavallo
Franco Borelli ... Borelli
Mauro Vestri ... Barman
Luigi Antonio Guerra ... Rubei (as Luigi Guerra)
Adriana Facchetti ... Bum
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Alexander ... Ringleader (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Cicely Browne ... Bum / Walla (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Angelo Casadei ... Photograph (uncredited)

Enzo G. Castellari ... Port (uncredited)
Lewis E. Ciannelli ... Cop / Walla (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Cyril Cusack ... Records (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Larry Dolgin ... Beard / Port (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Paul Goldfield ... Julio / Walla (voice: English version) (uncredited)
William Kiehl ... Walla (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Silvio Klein ... Cop (uncredited)
Mickey Knox ... Gambino (uncredited)
Rocco Lerro ... Getaway (uncredited)
Andy Luotto ... Barflies / Burglar / Walla (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Gene Luotto ... Barfly / Burglar / Rebel (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Steven Luotto ... Barfly / Walla (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Marne Maitland ... Records (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Cop / Lawyer / Lookout / Walla (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Dino Mattielli ... Hitman (uncredited)
Riccardo Petrazzi ... Barfly (uncredited)
Renzo Pevarello ... Extra (uncredited)

Ted Rusoff ... Professor / Walla (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Leonardo Scavino ... Leone (uncredited)
Sergio Soldano ... Himself (uncredited)
Robert Sommer ... Dispatch / Inspector (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Pat Starke ... Barbara (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Frank von Kuegelgen ... Unibrow (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Steffen Zacharias ... Lawyer (uncredited)

Directed by
Enzo G. Castellari 
Writing credits
Massimo De Rita  story &
Arduino Maiuri  screenplay (as Dino Maiuri)

Produced by
Mario Cecchi Gori .... producer
Luciano Luna .... executive producer
Original Music by
Guido De Angelis 
Maurizio De Angelis 
Cinematography by
Carlo Carlini (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gianfranco Amicucci 
Art Direction by
Umberto Turco 
Costume Design by
Franco Antonelli 
Makeup Department
Giusy Bovino .... hair stylist (as Giuseppina Bovino)
Mario Van Riel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Vincenzo Mazzucchi .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marcello Crescenzi .... assistant director
Art Department
Eli Peyrot .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Benito Alchimede .... boom operator
Domenico Dubbini .... sound engineer
Rocco Lerro .... stunts (as Lerro Rocco)
Nazzareno Zamperla .... stunt coordinator
Biagio Gambini .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Nella Gambini .... motorcycle double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Marcello Anconetani .... assistant camera
Massimo Carlini .... camera operator
Antonio D'Amato .... still photographer
Sergio Martinelli .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Roberto Amicucci .... assistant editor
Piero Bozza .... assistant editor
Other crew
Gene Luotto .... dialogue director: English version
Mario Lupi .... administrator
Maria Luisa Merci .... continuity
Tommaso Pantano .... production secretary
Giandomenico Stellitano .... production secretary
Nazzareno Zamperla .... master at arms
Mickey Knox .... dialogue coach (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Il cittadino si ribella" - Italy (original title)
"The Citizen Rebels" - USA
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105 min
Color (Technospes)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

All of the interiors in the film were shot before the exteriors, so the wounds on Franco Nero's face were invented before the actual beating had been shot. They later had to coordinate the beating to match the makeup he had had on while shooting the interiors.See more »
Boom mic visible: After two young thugs hit Franco Nero's car and threaten him, a boom mike is reflected in their car as they drive off.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Street Law: Laying Down the Law (2006) (V)See more »


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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
not the best Euro-crime, but lots of fun, 5 August 2004
Author: Michael A. Martinez ( from Los Angeles, CA

The best part of this film is definitely the scene where a filthy and beaten-up Franco Nero has to outrun a '66 Mustang in a junkyard, complete with a really good long lens slow motion shot of Nero running toward the camera with a car right behind him.

The plot details Nero's quest to bring three bank robbers (Romano Puppo, Nazzareno Zamperla, and Massimo Vanni) who took him hostage and beat him up to justice. To do this, he blackmails a local street thug (Giancarlo Prete in a good role) and forces him to show him around the underworld and eventually find them to exact vigilante justice on them. What sets this mundane tale apart are the frequent changes-of-alliance and doublecrosses, as the action sequences are relatively weak (considering it's a Castellari movie). STREET LAW is not really that violent either when compared with most other Italian crime films. (Compare Romano Puppo's final scene here with a similar scene in Lucio Fulci's CONTRABAND.)

Guido and Maurizio De Angelis's score is certainly similar to their work for the many Bud Spencer / Terence Hill films (though not under their usual Oliver Onions pseudonym), but to me sounds a lot better. While the songs are weird and use seemingly every possible instrument and sound in the book, the "Good Bye My Friend" song is a great song even though the lyrics in most of it make no sense. The same can be said of "Driving All Around". Nero once again plays the same character he plays in every movie, but his character is not totally developed (though that may have been hurt severely by the confusing re-editing of the US version that I saw) and his relationship with his girlfriend Barbara Bach is barely touched on. While the plot is simple, it often becomes uninteresting, and certainly doesn't have the more epic feeling of Castellari/Nero's previous film High Crime. Castellari's next film (the goofy but surreal CRY ONION) tried to capitalize off this one, with Nero once again up against the same trio of thugs along with another over-the-top De Angelis score, though any similarity with this film ends there.

Watch for an amusing cameo by charismatic American actor Mickey Knox (who made a career as a dubbing voice in many Italian movies and Japanese Anime cartoons) as a gangster who runs a gaming parlor.

Not a great film, but colorful and different enough to make it entertaining to most casual viewers.

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