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Violent City (1975)
"Roma violenta" (original title)

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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... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurizio Merli ...
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Lawyer Sartori
Silvano Tranquilli ...
Capo della Squadra mobile
Ray Lovelock ...
Biondi
John Steiner ...
Franco Spadoni 'Chiodo'
Daniela Giordano ...
Lover of Betti
Attilio Duse ...
Mar. Antinori
Giuliano Esperanti ...
De Rossi (as Giuliano Esperati)
Marcello Monti ...
The Chink
Consalvo Dell'Arti ...
Violante
Luciano Rossi ...
Delivery Man
Pippo Pollaci ...
Pollaci
Marco Stefanelli ...
Grocery Store 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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13 August 1975 (Italy)  »

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First part of police commissioner Betti's trilogy, also including Violent Naples (1976) and Italia a mano armata (1976). See more »

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Fresh tire tracks disappear and reappear on the grass during the car chase when the two cars first enter the public park. See more »

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Maurizio Merli takes on Rome's violent thieves
6 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Roma Violenta" is a very worthwhile poliziotteschi, no question about it. Maurizio Merli projects an athletic, heartfelt and steadfast determination to stop Rome's independent thieves, who operate in small gangs. He starts the movie as a cop. Constricted by the system, he then joins a group that Richard Conte has formed that patrols the streets nightly.

The story and screenplay are different from most in that there is no single villain or gang of villains. The incidents of the story are draped around and loosely attached to Merli's movements, and these do not follow an obvious trajectory. The writers cleverly create the movie's forward motion, nonetheless, by interjecting a variety of violent activities of the thieves and murderers. We see a bus holdup, a supermarket holdup, a bank holdup, a robbery of carpets, several purse-snatchings, and assorted fights and beatings. The Rome sights, including Coliseo, are put to good use. We see an excellent extended car chase, mainly along main thoroughfares and then highway ramps.

Therefore, the title of the movie is accurate. "Roma Violenta" takes a place as a very good poliziotteschi.


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