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Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay)
Fernando Di Leo (screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 August 1975 (Italy) See more »
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Cast

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Luc Merenda ... Colella

James Mason ... Filippini

Irina Maleeva ... Lina
Marino Masé ... Pardi
Daniele Dublino ... Bonanni
Vittorio Caprioli ... Magrini

Valentina Cortese ... Grazia
Salvatore Billa ... Pardi Thug
Marco Liofredi ... Fabrizio
Francesco Impeciati ... Antonio
Loris Bazzocchi ... Kidnapper Black Hair

Renato Romano ... Kidnapper Mustache
Enzo Pulcrano ... Labbrone
Tom Felleghy ... IFI
Flora Carosello ... Antonio's Wife
Serena Bennato ... Slava
Giulio Baraghini ... Brigadier
Angelo Bergamaschi
Alessio Juso ... Bambino
Renato Baldini ... Antonio
Raul Lovecchio ... Latrella
Giuseppe Colombini
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Alexander ... J&B Server (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Charles Borromel ... Magrini (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Pietro Ceccarelli ... Pardi Thug (uncredited)

Cyril Cusack ... Line Man 1 (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Rolando De Santis ... Cop (uncredited)
Cesare Di Vito ... Journalist (uncredited)
Max Dorian ... Barman (uncredited)

Michael Forest ... Mr. Filippini (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Gilberto Galimberti ... Van Driver (uncredited)
Biagio Gambini ... Policeman (uncredited)
Alfonso Giganti ... Man outside school (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Kidnapper Mustache (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Sandro Scarchilli ... Doorman (uncredited)
Robert Sommer ... Brigadier (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Robert Spafford ... Antonio (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Susan Spafford ... Lina (voice: English version) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Fernando Di Leo 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Fernando Di Leo  screenplay
Ernesto Gastaldi  screenplay
Galliano Juso  story
Nicola Manzari  screenplay

Produced by
Galliano Juso .... producer
 
Original Music by
Luis Bacalov  (as Luis Bacalof)
 
Cinematography by
Erico Menczer 
 
Film Editing by
Sergio Montanari 
 
Production Design by
Francesco Cuppini 
 
Costume Design by
Maria Luisa Panaro 
 
Makeup Department
Gilda De Guilmi .... hair stylist
Giovanna Manca .... assistant makeup artist
Cristina Rocca .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Pietro Ceccarelli .... production manager (as Lanfranco Ceccarelli)
Renato Fiè .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Angelo Vicari .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Sandro Bellomia .... assistant production designer
Cristiano Tessari .... assistant production designer
 
Sound Department
Franco Bassi .... sound mixer
Renato Marinelli .... foley artist
Luigi Salvatore .... boom operator
Goffredo Salvatori .... sound
 
Stunts
Sergio Mioni .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Luigi Bernardini .... assistant camera
Roberto Brega .... camera operator
Ermanno Consolazione .... still photographer
Rodolfo Flibotti .... chief electrician
Francesco Gagliardini .... assistant camera
Maurizio Micalizzi .... key grip
Bernardo Valli .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mirella Novelli .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Roberto Gianandrea .... assistant editor
Roberto Puglisi .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Marisa Agostini .... script supervisor
Gilberto Galimberti .... master at arms
Maurizio Giorgi .... production secretary
Basilio Patrizi .... armorer
Enzo Prosperini .... production secretary
Paolo Rampazzo .... administrator
Raffaele Salvatore .... cashier
Matteo Spinola .... unit publicist
Massimo Turci .... dubbing director
 

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Also Known As:
"La città sconvolta: caccia spietata ai rapitori" - Italy (original title)
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97 min
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Intense drama & raw revenge thriller in one!, 5 March 2012
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Of all the multi-talented Italian cult directors of the 60's and 70's, Fernando Di Leo was the one who pleased us with the best and most adrenalin-rushing crime thrillers. His most famous "Italian organized crime" trilogy (existing of "Caliber 9", "Manhunt" and "The Boss") is downright brilliant, but Di Leo also made a number of flicks that are a lot less acclaimed but at least equally terrific and revolutionary. This "Kidnap Syndicate" is arguably his biggest hidden gem and I'm enormously grateful to the good people over at the Nocturno label for releasing the film in a splendid DVD-format. Cult collectors all around the world: if you come across ANY movie released by this label, never hesitate for one second to pick up a copy!!

"Kidnap Syndicate" is a lot less turbulent and 'in-your-face' explosive than the average Italian crime flick (usually revolving on rough unorthodox coppers chasing relentless criminals), but there's a strong focus on character drawing and story elaboration. Colella is a hard working but struggling mechanic who solely raises his son Fabrizio ever since the wife passed away. The boy is friends with Antonio, son of the extremely rich but incredibly repugnant businessman Filippini. When criminals kidnap Antonio in front of school, the brave Fabrizio tries to prevent this and the nervous kidnappers pull him into the car as well. They demand a huge ransom for the boys, but the pigheaded Filippini refuses to give in to criminals and put the lives of the boys at stake, whilst Colella and even the police commissioner can't do anything. The kidnappers eventually prove their seriousness, and the statement is obviously made via the "poor" child. Colella goes after them, but soon stumbles upon a very complex and well-protected network. The first half is, as to be expected, very talkative and with a vast emphasis on melodrama. There are some truly powerful sequences, most notably when practically the entire cast of characters literally begs Filippini (magnificent, though extremely ungrateful role of the brilliant James Mason) to stop playing with the lives of innocent children and just pay the damn ransom. The second half offers some bona fide Italian hard- boiled action, with wild car chases and grim, graphically shown executions. It's terrific how Colella purchases his targets, but also simultaneously humiliates and provokes them. His character is probably the vigilante/avenger that you sympathize with the most. The climax could have been a bit better and more imaginative, according to me at least, and I'm missing a more memorable soundtrack. Other than those minor remarks, "Kidnap Syndicate" is a truly exhilarating Italian cult film that I'm glad and proud to have seen.

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