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Il grande racket -- Fabio Testi stars as a tough police detective tearing apart Rome to bust a ruthless protection racket.


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Enzo G. Castellari (screenplay)
Massimo De Rita (screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 August 1976 (Italy) See more »
Someone's gonna pay...
Nico Palmieri is a police inspector who battles against hoodlums terrorising a sleepy Italian village, extorting cash from the locals. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Gritty, Action-Packed, Violent and Downright Nasty Excitement - Pure Italo-Crime Greatness! See more (15 total) »


  (in credits order)

Fabio Testi ... Nico

Vincent Gardenia ... Pepe
Renzo Palmer ... Giulti

Orso Maria Guerrini ... Rossetti
Glauco Onorato ... Mazzarelli
Marcella Michelangeli ... Marcy
Romano Puppo ... Doringo
Antonio Marsina ... Giuni
Salvatore Borghese ... Velasci (as Salvatore Borgese)

Joshua Sinclair ... Rudy (as Gianluigi Loffredo)
Daniele Dublino ... Commissioner
Anna Zinnemann ... Anna (as Anna Bellini)
Edy Biagetti ... Chief
Salvatore Billa ... Fabrizi
Giovanni Bonadonna ... Cuomo
Franco Borelli ... Saclà
Pietro Ceccarelli ... Mayer
Domenico Cianfriglia ... Hood
Giovanni Cianfriglia ... Ox
Roberto Dell'Acqua ... Luigino
Ruggero Diella ... Piccio
Dino Mattielli ... Guard
Carmelo Reale ... Vraspar
Angelo Ragusa ... Badger
Massimo Vanni ... Vanni
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mario Castaldi ... Patron
Franco Ukmar ... Sentry
Nick Alexander ... Collector (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Charles Borromel ... Hood / Walla (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Angelo Boscariol ... Onlooker (uncredited)
Cicely Browne ... Extorted (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Omero Capanna ... Hood (uncredited)

Enzo G. Castellari ... Restauranter (uncredited)
Nestore Cavaricci ... Onlooker (uncredited)
Lanfranco Ceccarelli ... Hitman (uncredited)
Geoffrey Copleston ... Chief / Extorted (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Cyril Cusack ... Bodyguard / Clerk (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Carolyn De Fonseca ... Anna (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Ottaviano Dell'Acqua ... Boy (uncredited)
Larry Dolgin ... Hood / Walla (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Marvin Drake ... Extorted / Guard (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Michael Forest ... Nico (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Lina Franchi ... Extorted (uncredited)
John Gayford ... Charlie / Dispatch / Rudy (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Stefania Girolami Goodwin ... Stefania (uncredited)
William Kiehl ... Ox (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Anthony La Penna ... Pepe (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Andy Luotto ... Luigino (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Gene Luotto ... Clubber / Commissioner / Extorted (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Giulti (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Emilio Messina ... Hood (uncredited)
Fulvio Mingozzi ... Extorted (uncredited)
Benito Pacifico ... Hood (uncredited)
Osiride Pevarello ... Sentry (uncredited)
Renzo Pevarello ... Sentry (uncredited)
Sergio Ruggeri ... Hood (uncredited)

Ted Rusoff ... Hood / Velasci (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Leonardo Scavino ... Extorted (uncredited)
Robert Sommer ... Rossetti (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Martin Sorrentino ... Tourist (uncredited)
Robert Spafford ... Mazzarelli (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Pat Starke ... Stefania (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Frank von Kuegelgen ... Vanni (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Enzo G. Castellari 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Enzo G. Castellari  screenplay
Massimo De Rita  screenplay
Massimo De Rita  story
Gene Luotto  dialogue: English version (uncredited)
Arduino Maiuri  screenplay
Arduino Maiuri  story

Produced by
Galliano Juso .... producer
Original Music by
Guido De Angelis 
Maurizio De Angelis 
Cinematography by
Marcello Masciocchi 
Film Editing by
Gianfranco Amicucci 
Production Design by
Franco Vanorio  (as Francesco Vanorio)
Costume Design by
Luciano Sagoni 
Makeup Department
Andreina Ambrosini .... makeup artist
Massimo De Rossi .... makeup artist
Agnese Panarotto .... hair stylist
Production Management
Pietro Ceccarelli .... production manager (as Lanfranco Ceccarelli)
Renato Fiè .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rocco Lerro .... assistant director
Art Department
Giovanni Corridori .... set constructor
Stefano Paltrinieri .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Luigi Salvatore .... boom operator (as Luigi Salvatori)
Goffredo Salvatori .... sound engineer
Ottaviano Dell'Acqua .... stunts
Angelo Ragusa .... stunt double: Fabio Testi (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tullio Marini .... chief electrician
Mauro Masciocchi .... assistant camera
Maurizio Santi .... assistant camera
Antonio Schiavo Lena .... camera operator (as Antonio Schiavolena)
Giacomo Tomaselli .... key grip
Claudio Tondi .... assistant camera
Franco Vitale .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carlo Gentili .... costumes
Editorial Department
Cesarina Casini .... assistant editor
Other crew
Salvatore Farese .... paymaster
Giacomo Longo .... production secretary
Paolo Rampazzo .... administrator
Maria Pia Rocco .... script girl
Gene Luotto .... dialogue director: english version (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"The Big Racket" - USA (dubbed version)
"Big Violence" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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104 min | UK:101 min
Color (Telecolor)
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | France:-16 | Hong Kong:III | UK:18 (2002; cut version) | UK:18 (cut) | UK:(Banned) (1977)
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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 »
Revealing mistakes: Luigi loads a fresh clip into his MP-40 but does not chamber a round before he shoots himself.See more »
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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Gritty, Action-Packed, Violent and Downright Nasty Excitement - Pure Italo-Crime Greatness!, 27 January 2010
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

Enzo G. Castellari has enriched Italian cult-cinema in various genres, and "Il Grande Racket" of 1976 is arguably the coolest of them all. At least this breathtaking, ultraviolent and supremely nasty Poliziottesco has surpassed "Keoma" and the original "Inglorious Bastards" of 1978 on my list of favorite Castellari flicks. "Racket" delivers gritty, rough and brutal Italo-Crime excitement in its purest form and proudly stands up there with the works of Fernando Di Leo and Umberto Lenzi among the true highlights of 70s Italian Crime Cinema.

The vast majority of Italian crime flicks from the time are about unorthodox cops hunting sadistic criminals (inspired by "Dirty Harry"); some, such as Castellari's own "Il Cittadino Si Ribbela" ("The Citizen Rebels",1974, which I regretfully haven't yet seen) are about enraged citizens, who, after being tormented by thugs for too long, take the law in their own hands. This wonderfully gritty gem actually serves both premises! Cult-star Fabio Testi plays Rome police Inspector Nico Palmieri, who leads a hopeless battle against a protection racket of hoodlums who terrorize and torment a whole neighborhood of innocent people. Palmitieri's rough but legal methods always seem to fail, as the gangsters' surviving victims are too intimidated to talk, which is why a sleazy lawyer always gets his scumbag clients out. When all legal methods fail, the rough-and-ready copper is not afraid to bend the law in order to provide justice...

Fabio Testi, a regular leading man in Italian genre-cinema, delivers another great performance in his role here. Of all the films I've seen him in, I would say that this is Testi's second-best (the unmatched No 1. being Massimo Dallamano's 1972 Giallo-masterpiece "Cosa Avete Fatto A Solange"). The rest of the cast includes several familiar faces for fans of Italian cinema, such as Castellari-regulars Joshua Sinclair and Orso Maria Guerrini (who played Franco Nero's malicious brothers in "Keoma"), Salvatore Borghese (who was in many Bud Spencer & Terence Hill Comedies, as well as many Spaghetti Westerns) and others. It is notable that the gang of sadistic thugs in this film includes a particularly sadistic female (played by Marcella Michelangeli).

"Racket" brings the whole spectrum of genre-typical nastiness: Loads of bloody violence, rape, sadistic murders, brutal torture - there's plenty of it all here. The film is action packed, and, the action sequences are very well-done. The film si full of violent shootouts, car chases, fistfights etc., and, as usual Castellari provides some spectacular effects (such as a car rolling spinning over down a hill from the inside). The cinematography is very well-done, and the score is genre-typically great and underlines the adrenaline-driven atmosphere. All things considered, "Racket" is a spectacular example for Italian Crime Cinema, which ranges among the highlights of both director Castellari's and leading-man Testi's careers. A fan of Poliziotteschi in particular and Italian Cult Cineama in general should make sure not to miss this brutal, action-packed and remarkably gritty gem. Highly recommended!

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