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Gambling City (1975)

La città gioca d'azzardo (original title)
Luca Altieri is a gambler. He likes cards and he is a master in playing poker. He is a cardsharper too. He begins working for "The President", who has many gambling houses and everything ... See full summary »

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Luca Altieri
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Maria Luisa
Corrado Pani ...
Corrado
Enrico Maria Salerno ...
The 'President'
Lino Troisi
Franco Iavarone ...
Lisander (as Giovanni Javarone)
Salvatore Puntillo
Carlo Alighiero
Piero Palermini
Carlo Gaddi
Vittorio Fanfoni
Tom Felleghy
Loris Pereira Lopez
Giuseppe Terranova
Bruno Arié
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Luca Altieri is a gambler. He likes cards and he is a master in playing poker. He is a cardsharper too. He begins working for "The President", who has many gambling houses and everything seems to go well until Luca falls for Maria Luisa. Unfortunately for them, she is the girl of Corrado, the son of "The President"... Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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23 January 1975 (Italy)  »

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Director Sergio Martino said the idea for the film came about because he wanted to make a crime thriller film (which was popular in Italy at the time) but change the rules a bit by giving the film a lighter tone. See more »

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GAMBLING CITY (Sergio Martino, 1975) **
2 September 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

To begin with, this film presents the worst case of Panning & Scanning I've ever come across with the camera literally jittering across the frame to reveal some pertinent information!

It's not a typical poliziottesco but rather a mildly enjoyable take on THE STING (1973): Luc Merenda is practically the whole show here as the ultra-confident hustler - which isn't exactly a good thing as he's stubbornly failed to impress me (in the acting stakes) with every film he's done; he was at his most tolerable perhaps in the giallo TORSO (1973), incidentally also directed by Martino. Enrico Maria Salerno has a notable role, too, as a respected but crippled racketeer dubbed "The President".

While there are the requisite action sequences, the film spends too much time on Merenda's sentimental attachment to Dayle Haddon - even going so far as to include a ludicrous downbeat coda in which both she and her newborn baby die! As a matter of fact, the film's light-hearted first half fails to jell convincingly with the roughness of the second (in which Haddon is raped, Merenda is beaten to a pulp, Salerno is viciously disposed of, etc). Besides, the film's score - usually one of such Euro-Cult items' major assets - is at once corny and reminiscent of Isaac Hayes' classic SHAFT (1971) theme!

The film has received an unaccountable SE DVD release by No Shame but, despite the appalling video quality of the VHS copy I watched, I don't see myself picking it up for a possible reappraisal...


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