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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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Carlotta
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Anna Cipriani
Frédéric de Pasquale ...
Michel Granier
Marc Mazza ...
Police Inspector
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French Lawyer (as René Kolldehoff)
Bernard Giraudeau ...
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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
Sal Borgese ...
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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Director Sergio Sollima said in an interview that Oliver Reed was good to work with until 2 or 3 in the afternoon because then his alcoholism would become difficult to work with. Star Fabio Testi also expressed that it was both exciting and difficult to work with Reed due to his alcoholism, and he would become violent on the set on many occasions. 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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Un ami
Written by Ennio Morricone
Performed by Daniel Beretta
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Reed Rage!
6 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

Oliver Reed rages at most of Italy and some of France and with good reason - his hot young wife has been kidnapped! He's the warden of a prison in Milan and someone wants him to release Milo (Fabio Testi) for reasons unknown. Even Milo doesn't seem to know why he's being released, no matter how many time Reed beats him up. Maybe it has something to do with that high profile assassination at the start of the film? But then, what does that have to do with that rock star guy?

Reed has to break some rules to get Testi out, but this is no simple case of doing a swap and getting his wife back. After beating the crap out of each other several times, they have to learn to rely on each other to get to the truth of the matter, which will take them through the alps while trying to outrun a massive manhunt.

There's too many twists to ruin so let's not go any further with the plot and let's talk about Oliver Reed. His red-faced rage at every single person involved in the kidnapping is a joy to behold (and drink fuelled by the sounds of it). He screams, swears, threatens, berates, assaults and even shoots his way through the film, and yet can still be loving and tender to his wife or calm when trying to subdue a suicidal inmate (a quick cameo by Sal Borghese). My favourite bit was when he was trying to convince a work colleague that nothing was wrong when at that exact moment the kidnappers call. The look on his face is priceless.

Fabio Testi does good as Milo, a crook resigned to his life of crime who can't think of anything else but a big pay-off. Yet he too has a soft side, seen in the film's strong start as he carries the dead body of a friend along a canal to Ennio Morricone's moving soundtrack. In fact, by the end of the film he's as greatly changed as Oliver Reed's character too, as he does begin to see life outside of crime. Yet another good Euro-crime film that starts off making you wonder why you're being hit with seemingly unconnected scenes that all ties together nicely at the end, if you don't think about it too hard. It's also nearly two hours long so be prepared for that.


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