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Il grande racket (1976)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  12 August 1976 (Italy)
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Nico Palmieri is a police inspector who battles against hoodlums terrorising a sleepy Italian village, extorting cash from the locals.

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Pepe
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Giulti
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Rossetti
Glauco Onorato ...
Mazzarelli
Marcella Michelangeli ...
Marcy
Romano Puppo ...
Doringo
Antonio Marsina ...
Giuni
Salvatore Borghese ...
Velasci (as Salvatore Borgese)
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Rudy - il Marsegliese (as Gianluigi Loffredo)
Daniele Dublino ...
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Anna (as Anna Bellini)
Edy Biagetti ...
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Salvatore Billa ...
Fabrizi
Giovanni Bonadonna ...
Cuomo
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Nico Palmieri is a police inspector who battles against hoodlums terrorising a sleepy Italian village, extorting cash from the locals. With the threat of violence, no one dares to act except a restaurant owner who approaches Palmieri and sings like a canary. As a result, his young daughter is raped. Discovering that the terrorism is related to drug dealers, Palmieri is forbidden to continue investigating his case by his superior - so he goes it alone. Palmieri recruits men who have become victims of the crooks and the film ends with a bloody massacre. Bullets fly and blood spatters the screen. Written by Anonymous

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Director Enzo G. Castellari said that while he usually shoots his films in English, he shot this one in Italian, to be dubbed into English later, because lip-synching in English was too difficult for star Fabio Testi, who spoke no English at all. Castellari also said that he was quite dissatisfied with the English dubbing that was done. See more »

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Luigi loads a fresh clip into his MP-40 but does not chamber a round before he shoots himself. See more »

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Luigino: [gesturing with a doll he is holding to the storekeeper] Is this the kind that makes water?
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Luigino: One of these days they'll make one that bleeds real blood... when you cut its throat!
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Not great but more entertaining than it should be
17 July 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Enzo G. Castellari's The Big Racket one-ups it rivals by shooting its obligatory car somersaulting down a hill sequence from the inside the car, with a visibly uncomfortable Fabio Testi obviously thanking God he remembered to fasten his seatbelt with every turn. Despite his protestations that "I'm a different kind of cop," Testi's hero is a predictably close Italian relative of Harry Callahan in a plot that ends up like a cross between The Magnificent Seven and Death Wish as he recruits the victims and criminal rivals of a ruthless protection racket carving up Rome to take the law into their own hands in an engagingly OTT factory floor shootout finale. Thankfully Testi seems to have loosened up a bit from his ramrod straight block of wood earlier performances, though the dubbing may have something to do with that. It's not exactly demanding stuff, and there's laziness to spare, not least with a jailbreak that happens offscreen and is never explained presumably for no better reason than no-one being able to think of a convincing one, but within its limited ambitions it gets the job done, and there's a likable turn from this films contractually obligatory American co-star Vincent Gardenia.

However, there are some real double standards in the American dubbing script: murder, rape and bloody mayhem, no problem, but no naughty words whatever you do. Thus our "dumb basket" hero is warned that if he doesn't cool it, he'll be "in deep diddly." In fact, whoever wrote the dubbing script is obviously having the time of his life, inserting the word "diddly" into as many scenes as many times as possible ("If I'm gonna be in deep diddly, I'd like to know what I'm in deep diddly for!"). Maybe it was a drunken dare after drinking too much Crodino – and boy, did the Crodino boys get their product placement money's worth in this one, with their posters and logos appearing in so many of the exterior and the restaurant scenes that you're just amazed they didn't slap a banner on the side of the Coliseum as well just to cover all the bases.


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