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Director:
Writers:
Enzo G. Castellari (screenplay)
Massimo De Rita (screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 August 1976 (Italy) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Someone's gonna pay...
Plot:
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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User Reviews:
Stunning Italian crime flick! See more (14 total) »

Cast

  (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)

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
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
104 min | UK:101 min
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Color:
Color (Telecolor)
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Certification:
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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Trivia:
The shoot-out at the train yard was filmed over the course of four days.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Luigi loads a fresh clip into his MP-40 but does not chamber a round before he shoots himself.See more »
Quotes:
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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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Stunning Italian crime flick!, 22 April 2006
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

My interest in Italian cinema is usually limited to horror films, but I made an exception for this crime flick - and I'm certainly glad that I did! Actually, The Big Racket isn't a world away from the popular Italian Giallo styling, only instead of having a vicious murderer on the loose; we have a small town at the mercy of a group of organised thugs. For a film with this sort of plot, it's surprising just how good The Big Racket is. Italian films from the seventies have a bad reputation for not making a lot of sense, but not only does this one make sense - it benefits from a great, multi-angled story as well. The film sees a bunch of criminals sabotaging local businesses and asking for protection money from the owners to make them stop. The police presence in the town is largely ineffective, with the exception of one man - Inspector Nico Palmieri. Of course, you can't go around intimidating people and destroying their property for long before someone is going to fight back - and as the justice system isn't working, our hero has to find other ways to bring law and order back to his town.

The Big Racket benefits immensely from a strong leading performance courtesy of Fabio Testi (star of What Have They Done to Solange). Testi's portrayal of the angry police officer is perfectly judged to fit the movie, and I don't think there is an actor who could be better suited to playing the lead in this movie. He heads a strong Italian cast, who all do well in bringing their characters to life, as well as providing the movie with the Italian style that it revels in. The script is really good, and finds time to flesh out its characters as well as deliver witty dialogue that is always a part of this movie's bigger budget American cousins. The plot builds well throughout as there's always enough going on to keep things interesting. It all boils down to a fabulous conclusion which serves in ensuring the movie gets the bloody end it deserves, as well as rounding off the story perfectly. The Big Racket features a great sleazy atmosphere, in which the story is able to flourish, and the catchy music score helps to make sure that the film is technically sound. Overall, The Big Racket is a must see film for both crime fans and cult fans and comes with high recommendations from me!

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