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Il grande racket (1976)

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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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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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Even though American actor Vincent Gardenia spoke Italian fluently, all of his lines in the film - which was shot in Italian - were dubbed by an Italian actor. 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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Entertaining slice of fascist action, this time from Italy
26 December 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

When watching films like "The Big Racket", one is advised not to take them seriously. If you do, the central message of vigilante justice is borderline fascism and could be offensive. But who cares? It didn't stop "Death Wish" and "Dirty Harry" from being entertaining crime flicks, and it certainly doesn't stop "The Big Racket" either. The film is, like many Italian motion pictures from the time, a Spaghetti spin on popular American genre conventions. However, while it lacks the technical finesse of its western counterparts, it makes up for it in sheer brutality. "The Big Racket" is a lightning quick experience loaded with often brutal gun play. I actually find it more enjoyable to watch than many American crime thrillers of the period - its a much meaner animal overall.

The film is pretty well made as well. Enzo G. Castellari was a very skilled b-movie director who proves he could tackle any genre with equal ease. The movie zips along without missing a beat, and Castellari effectively helms the multiple action sequences. His use of slow-motion (a technique which was becoming rather cliché by the time) is surprisingly strong. Plus, unlike many Italian genre movies from the time, there's a strong and constantly engrossing plot to be found with some fine performances. Fabio Testi creates an interesting and easy to root for protagonist, definitely more so than the original screenplay probably called for. The one major flaw (which isn't the fault of the original filmmakers) is the incredibly weak dubbing on the American prints. The voice actors are often unsuited for their tough guy roles, and even worse, the dialog is peppered with often unintentionally funny euphemisms for profanity, diluting the hard boiled effect. I wish I could have seen the original Italian language version, but this is still a very entertaining action flick. (7/10)


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