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Death Rage (1976)
"Con la rabbia agli occhi" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Thriller  |  22 October 1976 (Italy)
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A retired hit-man decides to take one last job to avenge the murder of his brother by a mafia gang. An eager would-be mobster helps him.


(as Anthony M. Dawson)


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Complete credited cast:
Peter Marciani
Massimo Ranieri ...
Giacomo Furia ...
Brigadiere Cannavale
Salvatore Borghese ...
Vincent (as Sal Borgese)
Loris Bazzocchi ...
Rosario Borelli ...
Gallo's henchman
Luigi Bonos ...
Peppiniello (as Luigi Williams)
Renzo Marignano ...
Giancarlo Sbragia ...
Gennaro Gallo


When a mobster is assassinated in Naples by the gangsters of Gennaro Gallo, the retired hit-man Peter Marciani learns that Gallo was the responsible for the murder of his brother. He travels from New York to Italy to revenge his brother and he hires the smalltime crook Angelo to work for him. Angelo introduces Peter to the dancer Anny and they have a love affair. Meanwhile the Italian police inspector unsuccessfully tries to anticipate Peter's move. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Crime | Thriller


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22 October 1976 (Italy)  »

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Blood Reckoning  »

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Barbara Bouchet was pregnant when she acted in this film. See more »


Peter Marciani: [as the henchman puts a gun to his head] If I were you, I'd shoot.
Gallo's henchman: You're worth double alive.
Peter Marciani: If I were you, I'd still shoot!
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A Story of the Mafia, Revenge, and International Relations
23 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yul Brynner stars as a retired mafia hit-man who is called out of retirement to avenge his brother's death. Packing up his fishing pole in New York, he returns to Italy where he confronts the man who killed his brother and his associates, while taking on an apprentice and picking up a lady.

This film had two things working against it: most notably, horrible picture quality. If anything wasn't completely filling the screen, you couldn't always tell what it was supposed to be. This made it difficult to recognize characters, especially when we were looking at things fro ma distance. For the most part, I was able to adjust. But also, this film lacks blood. People get shot from guns with invisible bullets, to grab invisible wounds and fall as they bleed invisible blood. That's some cheap special effects! I guess the "R" rating was used for the nudity, which is nothing spectacular when the camera can't stay focused.

The story itself was decent, and a time-honored tradition in mafia films. Revenge. Maybe that plot gets old for you, but I think it worked quite well here. And the characters were alright. Someone said they weren't surprised this was Brynner's last starring role... I liked him. His apprentice was also alright and the cop was a nice touch (more on this in a moment).

One running theme I liked was the triangle between Brynner, the police and the mafia. The police knew Brynner was there to kill a man (and in fact kills several people) and in one scene the chief even has a lunch with him. The message he sends is "be careful" rather than "you're breaking the law". Now, I understand the point: mafia crime is cleaned up without the police being involved, and because Brynner's an American they can just say he escaped and not waste time on a manhunt. But I still find it hard to believe cops just let killers roam the streets.

My judgment: not a bad film, if someone would provide the labor of love to clean it up. Maybe even a remake is in order, although with all the other mafia and revenge films out there, it's not really one that would stand out. If Brynner is still alive, maybe have him in a cameo role. But seriously, if you can tolerate poor filming and like this type of thing, not a bad picture.

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