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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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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 ... 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) | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut)
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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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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining slice of fascist action, this time from Italy, 26 December 2007
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

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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