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Almost Human (1974)
"Milano odia: la polizia non può sparare" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  November 1975 (USA)
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A psychotic small-time criminal realizes that the everyday robberies, rapes and murders he commits aren't making him all that much money, so he figures to hit the "big time" by kidnapping the daughter of a rich man.

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Giulio Sacchi
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Marilù Porrino
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Vittorio
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Ugo Majone
Pippo Starnazza ...
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Lorenzo Piani ...
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Joris Muzio ...
Giulio's Lawyer (as Muzio Joris)
Rosita Torosh ...
Marta
Franco Ferrari ...
Brambilla
Francesco D'Adda ...
Romano
Annie Carol Edel ...
Marta's friend (as Annie Edel)
Giuseppe Castellano ...
Police Inspector with glasses
Tom Felleghy ...
Judge Rossi
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A psychotic small-time criminal realizes that the everyday robberies, rapes and murders he commits aren't making him all that much money, so he figures to hit the "big time" by kidnapping the daughter of a rich man.

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Director Umberto Lenzi stated in an interview that his first meeting with Tomas Milian for this film was really difficult because Lenzi felt Milian didn't trust him. Milian had heard rumors that Lenzi was an impulsive, hotheaded director but in the end Lenzi felt that Milian got that he was the right director for the job. This started what Lenzi called a "love-hate" relationship between the two that would continue for a total of 7 films with the actor. See more »

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Stunningly nasty hostage thriller by Umberto Lenzi
20 March 2007 | by (The Dutch Mountains) – See all my reviews

ALMOST HUMAN (Umberto Lenzi - Italy 1974.

I had missed out far too long on Umberto Lenzi's best known crime flick, which is hands down one of the best poliziotesschi I've seen so far, almost on par with the best of Fernando Di Leo's work, together with Lenzi one of the more prolific directors within the genre. Whilst generally acknowledged to be one of the better Italian crime flicks, Lenzi's somewhat ham-fisted approach to his gialli, had made me a little reluctant to catch up with any of his other work. Although Lenzi's own VIOLENT NAPLES is also a well-made, highly effective genre entry, this one comes close to beating out that one when it comes to sheer brutality and an almost unbelievable barrage of nasty violence.

A rarity in most Italian crime thrillers, this film benefits enormously from an intriguing and woefully ambivalent central character, played with tremendous vigour by Tomas Milian, who plays Guillio Sacchi, a violent low life scumbag with no regard for human life at all and with a real penchant for torture and rape. The other side of the law is represented by stone-faced Henry Silva, who switches to playing a cop this time, instead of his usual turn as the calculating crime kingpin. The story by Ernesto Gastaldi is simplicity itself and doesn't take all kinds of distracting side-roads that make many other genre efforts so forgettable in that department. Anyway, if you're still in doubt about the merits of Italo-crime flicks, watch this one. An intriguing story, Tomas Milian in a great role and Ennio Morricone contributes another impressive soundtrack what must be one of his most recognizable scores this side from Sergio Leone. I keep wondering if the members of the Academy, who recently honoured Morricone with the honorary Oscar, had any idea what kind of films the maestro generally got involved in.

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