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Violent City (1975)

Roma violenta (original title)
A detective sick and tired of the rampant crime and violence in his city, and constantly at odds with his superiors, is finally kicked out of the department for a "questionable" shooting of... See full summary »

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(as Franco Martinelli)

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(screenplay), (story)
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Cast

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Lawyer Sartori
Silvano Tranquilli ...
Capo della Squadra mobile
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Biondi
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Franco Spadoni 'Chiodo'
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Lover of Betti
Attilio Duse ...
Mar. Antinori
Giuliano Esperanti ...
De Rossi (as Giuliano Esperati)
Marcello Monti ...
The Chink
Consalvo Dell'Arti ...
Violante
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Delivery Man
Pippo Pollaci ...
Pollaci
Marco Stefanelli ...
Bus Robber
Brunello Chiodetti ...
Santini
Ruggero Diella ...
Boy Killed on Bus
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A detective sick and tired of the rampant crime and violence in his city, and constantly at odds with his superiors, is finally kicked out of the department for a "questionable" shooting of a vicious criminal. However, he is soon approached by a representative for a group of citizens who themselves are fed up with what they see as criminals going unpunished, and they make him an offer he may very well not refuse. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Action | Crime

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13 August 1975 (Italy)  »

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Violent City  »

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Final film of Richard Conte. See more »

Goofs

While Biondi is given physical therapy for his paralysis, he wiggles his toes slightly on his supposedly paralyzed leg. See more »

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Followed by Violent Naples (1976) See more »

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Betti Blue - 40°3 al mattino
25 July 2016 | by (Guernsey) – See all my reviews

In autumn 1974, High Crime was a monster hit for the Italian movie industry, but neither superstar Franco Nero nor director Enzo G. Castellari were available for a follow-up cash-in. So the producer of Roma Violenta rang up Maurizio Merli, who had already impersonated Nero in the Jack London rip-off White Fang to the Rescue, and teamed him up with Castellari's papa (!) Marino Girolami. The first part of the Commissario Betti trilogy, a fierce and ferocious vigilante opera, has the rawest, most unleashed feel of the remorseless triptych – followed by the bigger budgeted, slicker and more generic Napoli Violenta and the utterly bleak Italia a Mano Armata – and delivers all the nasty way to hell, culminating quite early in a high class car chase involving an Alfa Romeo Giulia Super 1600 and a BMW 1800. Despite the loose, vignette-esque script by Vincenzo Mannino, Roma Violenta is spot-on throughout, with Merli – who actually considered himself superior to Nero – doing his Italian job with a somber, easy-to-underestimate bravura that serves as the single anchor in the widening gyre of the inferno. Sure, that's crypto-fascist dirt, a shame for a country that got rid of the Duce only three decades before, the most successful poliziottesco ever, and a tightly entertaining affair summarized best in the timeless words of N.Y. punk rockers Ed Gein's Car: "I've got five dollars for each of you/ And a bullet in the back/ Boo f*ckin' hoo."


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