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Blood in the Streets (1973)

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An Italian official's wife is kidnapped, and the kidnappers demand that a notorious prisoner be released in order for the man to get his wife back. He gets the man released--but then ... See full summary »

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Vito Cipriani
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Milo Ruiz
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Carlotta
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Anna Cipriani
Frédéric de Pasquale ...
Michel Granier
Marc Mazza ...
Police Inspector
Reinhard Kolldehoff ...
French Lawyer (as René Kolldehoff)
Bernard Giraudeau ...
Kidnapper
Peter Berling ...
Grappa
Alexander Stephan ...
Jean Daniel (as Gunnar Warner)
Daniel Beretta ...
Al Niko
Calisto Calisti ...
Maresciallo Fantuzzi
Steffen Zacharias ...
Joe Lacours (as Steffen Zaccarias)
Michel Bardinet
Salvatore Borghese ...
Suicidal Prisoner (as Sal Borghese)
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An Italian official's wife is kidnapped, and the kidnappers demand that a notorious prisoner be released in order for the man to get his wife back. He gets the man released--but then kidnaps him himself, in order to ensure that the man's colleagues don't kill his wife. Enraged, the gang sets out to free their compatriot and kill the man who took him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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In the name of love he killed a man... destroyed another... spit on his badge and tore a city apart brick by brick, street by street, punk by punk to find his wife. See more »

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November 1975 (USA)  »

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This movie was retitled "Blood in the Streets" for its American theatrical release. See more »

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In one scene Fabio Testi's character refers to Paola Pitagora's character as Paola instead of Carlotta. See more »

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Referenced in Het schnitzelparadijs (2005) See more »

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Un ami
Written by Ennio Morricone
Performed by Daniel Beretta
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Above-average polizia flick enlivened by strong characters and direction
5 December 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Another great and unconventional crime drama from those beloved Italians, this one made by master of class Sergio Sollima (SANDOKAN) and containing a greater depth of plot and character than one might expect from other pulp adventures from the time. This tough flick is great and interesting thanks to the unconventional plot and the raw, almost documentary-style camera work which follows the characters around a variety of European settings. The plot is complex and gets murkier as the film progresses, with multiple characters lurking around the edges who have no clear motives. At times the film ventures into the area of the psychological thriller as it puts the characters through tense situations, at all times leading to a climax that you just know won't be a happy one.

Chief enjoyment comes from unlikely star Oliver Reed, playing a typically gruff character who is forced to confront his morals as the film progresses. Reed is great in the role, especially as he is forced to become more and more emotive as the film goes on, and he really fits into the role of the character nicely so that you forget that he's acting; personally I think this is one of the best performances I've seen from the underrated star. Fabio Testi is the criminal, Milo Ruiz, and puts in a genuinely good performance along with Reed, shining in a part that allows him to play a character rather than a wooden figure for once. The supporting cast is fine, especially Agostina Belli's frightened captive.

BLOOD IN THE STREETS is more plot-centric than most and thus contains a lesser degree of action than you might expect, although Sollima does throw in one outstanding shoot-out in a street for action fans. Nonetheless the sheer level of twists and turns in the plot and the performances make it hugely engrossing. One last thing to mention: there's a fantastic and stylish score by the acclaimed Ennio Morricone which enhances the action no end. This combination of winning elements makes it one to watch.


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