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Enzo G. Castellari (screenplay)
Massimo De Rita (screenplay)
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12 August 1976 (Italy) See more »
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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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  (in credits order)

Fabio Testi ... Palmieri

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 - il Marsegliese (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 ... Rudy Thug
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 ... Man in the restaurant
Franco Ukmar ... Fabrizi Sentry
Nick Alexander ... Unlucky Collector 2 (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Angelo Boscariol ... Station Onlooker (uncredited)
Cicely Browne ... Supermarket Owner (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Omero Capanna ... Rudy Thug (uncredited)

Enzo G. Castellari ... Restauranter (uncredited)
Nestore Cavaricci ... Street Spectator (uncredited)
Lanfranco Ceccarelli ... Hitman who kills Rossetti (uncredited)
Geoffrey Copleston ... Chief / Bar Owner (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Cyril Cusack ... Charlie's Partner / Bank Worker (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Carolyn De Fonseca ... Anna (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Ottaviano Dell'Acqua ... Boy (uncredited)

Michael Forest ... Palmieri (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Lina Franchi ... Supermarket Owner (uncredited)
John Gayford ... Rudy / Charlie / Dispatch (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Stefania Girolami Goodwin ... Stefania (uncredited)
Anthony La Penna ... Pepe (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Andy Luotto ... Luigino (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Gene Luotto ... Commissioner / Gallery Owner / Club Man (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Giulti (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Emilio Messina ... Thug (uncredited)
Fulvio Mingozzi ... Bar Owner (uncredited)
Benito Pacifico ... Rudy Thug (uncredited)
Osiride Pevarello ... Fabrizi Sentry (uncredited)
Renzo Pevarello ... Fabrizi Sentry (uncredited)
Sergio Ruggeri ... Jersey 42 (uncredited)

Ted Rusoff ... Velasci / Jersey 42 (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Leonardo Scavino ... Toy Store Owner (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)
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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

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Additional Details

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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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 »
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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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
As good as crime movies get, 1 September 2004
Author: Michael A. Martinez ( from Los Angeles, CA

While not the bloodiest film per-say, this is easily one of the most violent, as in most death/action vs. running time ratio of any crime movie I've seen in recent memory. On top of that, it's got a good multilayered story of several men disenfranchised by a protection mob, who all team up to take out the trash in one massive vigilante-style raid. Most are very good characters too, especially Orso Maria Guerrini who goes from an average Joe skeetshooter to a silent assassin once the thugs rape and murder his wife. Renzo Palmer's transition is a little less subtle, and his vengeful character gets a little irritating. Vincent Gardenia is good as a very suave pickpocket and wise-guy, while Testi is his usual pretty-boy self who of course looks so handsome that in some shots he looks more like an Anime cartoon character than an actual human.

Despite the bad profanity-censored English dubbing (which substitutes 'basket' for 'bastard', 'dung' for the S-word etc.), this is otherwise a solid film. Before John Woo, this was as stylish and as violent as action movies got. There's at least 3 major shootouts, two of which are real standouts, and all of which have their fair share of amazing shots. For instance when Fabio Testi kills the thug who kills his partner – a slow motion shot of the thug flailing around in the foreground and Testi in the background shooting at him – you can see each exit wound corresponding to Testi's gunfire. Another amazing shot is film from inside Testi's car as it rolls down a hillside (complete with Testi inside trying to shield his eyes from the flying window-glass). Castellari demonstrates a solid eye for detail and is an expert at transitions – plenty of slow motion too. Big Racket also features some surprisingly good dialog in the case of most of the thug's threats, and then again near the end when the evil crime boss rants and raves about how to run a protection mob (and then turns out to be a total coward when guns are pointed at him).

An excellent comic book crime/action movie – let's hope that promised uncut DVD comes out soon in the US.

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