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The Climber (1975)

L'ambizioso (original title)
Not Rated | | Thriller | 18 February 1975 (Italy)
A hungry young buck who aspires to be a career criminal starts out working at a warehouse for a gangster, and because of his ruthlessness and dependability he begins to ascend the ladder of organized crime.

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Aldo, the Climber
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Luciana
Benito Artesi ...
Ciriaco
Ferdinando Murolo ...
Carlo
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Don Enrico
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Askin ...
Frenchman
Leopoldo Buondonno
Giovanni Cianfriglia ...
Gianni
Angelo Corrieri
Paolo De Lucia
Ugo Donadio
Bernard Farber ...
(as Bernard Faber)
Antonella Fasano
Ranieri Ferrara
Marcello Filotico ...
Night Clu Owner
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A hungry young buck who aspires to be a career criminal starts out working at a warehouse for a gangster, and because of his ruthlessness and dependability he begins to ascend the ladder of organized crime.

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Italian censorship visa # 66023 delivered on 7-2-1975. See more »

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Featured in Little Joe's Adventures in Europe (2017) See more »

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Inspiration for Scarface
4 January 2016 | by (Deutschland) – See all my reviews

Here it is, the movie that inspired Bryan DePalma's "Scarface," and when you see "L'ambizioso" you will recognize it immediately. The story is the same, changing only the locales. Aldo, played by cult actor Joe Dallesandro in possibly his biggest role, is a New York born, small time criminal, who comes to Naples to make a name for himself. He goes from a small time gig of hawking black market cigarettes, and methodically claws his way to the top of the criminal underworld, after being betrayed by a colleague. The story arc is the same as DePalma's iconic film, which came a decade later. Filled with action, bloody shootouts, and searing drama, this is one epic movie. Little-known director Pasquale Squitieri made a series of these gangster movies, and they are all brilliant. This guy really knew his stuff. He seemed to have an understanding for bad guys as he tells the story always from their point of view. and he makes us sympathize with them, and even have immense respect for them. Which is why these movies might not be appropriate for young, impressionable minds. For fans of crime cinema and Italian mafia films, "L'ambizioso" is required viewing, and is worth tracking down.


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