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Il grande racket (1976)

Nico Palmieri is a police inspector who battles against hoodlums terrorising a sleepy Italian village, extorting cash from the locals.

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Nico
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Pepe
Renzo Palmer ...
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 (as Gianluigi Loffredo)
Daniele Dublino ...
Commissioner
Anna Zinnemann ...
Anna (as Anna Bellini)
Edy Biagetti ...
Chief
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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12 August 1976 (Italy)  »

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The shoot-out at the train yard was filmed over the course of four days. 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?
Storekeeper: Yes, everything, it's the latest model from Japan.
Luigino: One of these days they'll make one that bleeds real blood... when you cut its throat!
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A must if you like the works of Enzo G. Castellari and Fabio Testi.
25 January 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Ever studly Fabio Testi stars as dedicated police detective Nico Palmieri in this Eurocrime action picture. Nico is determined to bust the pesky thugs running an aggressive protection racket. Soon, these creeps are moving on to other crimes like drug running, rape, and murder. Nico will let nothing stop him from attaining his goal.

In the later portions of "The Big Racket", the story turns into the always appealing scenario in which one or more characters assemble a group of specialists for a mission. Among those recruited by Nico are men who've been impacted personally by the activities of the bad guys.

Director Enzo G. Castellari could always move from genre to genre with ease, and here he creates a stylish - if somewhat overlong - movie that benefits the most from some enthusiastic performances by the actors playing the antagonists. One of them is a gleeful young woman who enjoys dispensing punishment just as much as her male counterparts.

There's an engaging, meaty role for American actor Vincent Gardenia, as ageing criminal Pepe. While it's always a treat to see him in anything, it's not terribly satisfying to hear someone elses' voice coming out of his mouth. Although he was fluent in Italian, he was dubbed for both the Italian and English language versions. Renzo Palmer is likewise effective as store owner Giulti, who seeks vengeance on behalf of his daughter. Italian genre cinema buffs will also recognize Joshua Sinclair and Romano Puppo.

Noteworthy for a sometimes very sleazy approach (more than one female gets raped), a respectable amount of squib use and violence, well executed action, and an atmospheric score by Guido & Maurizio De Angelis.

Well worth a look for Eurocrime fans.

Seven out of 10.


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