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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:
Not great but more entertaining than it should be See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
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
Gene Luotto .... dialogue director: english version (uncredited)
 

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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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Language:
Color:
Color (Telecolor)
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | France:-16 | Hong Kong:III | UK:18 (2002; cut version) | UK:18 (cut) | UK:(Banned) (1977)
Filming Locations:

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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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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Not great but more entertaining than it should be, 17 July 2007
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

Enzo G. Castellari's The Big Racket one-ups it rivals by shooting its obligatory car somersaulting down a hill sequence from the inside the car, with a visibly uncomfortable Fabio Testi obviously thanking God he remembered to fasten his seatbelt with every turn. Despite his protestations that "I'm a different kind of cop," Testi's hero is a predictably close Italian relative of Harry Callahan in a plot that ends up like a cross between The Magnificent Seven and Death Wish as he recruits the victims and criminal rivals of a ruthless protection racket carving up Rome to take the law into their own hands in an engagingly OTT factory floor shootout finale. Thankfully Testi seems to have loosened up a bit from his ramrod straight block of wood earlier performances, though the dubbing may have something to do with that. It's not exactly demanding stuff, and there's laziness to spare, not least with a jailbreak that happens offscreen and is never explained presumably for no better reason than no-one being able to think of a convincing one, but within its limited ambitions it gets the job done, and there's a likable turn from this films contractually obligatory American co-star Vincent Gardenia.

However, there are some real double standards in the American dubbing script: murder, rape and bloody mayhem, no problem, but no naughty words whatever you do. Thus our "dumb basket" hero is warned that if he doesn't cool it, he'll be "in deep diddly." In fact, whoever wrote the dubbing script is obviously having the time of his life, inserting the word "diddly" into as many scenes as many times as possible ("If I'm gonna be in deep diddly, I'd like to know what I'm in deep diddly for!"). Maybe it was a drunken dare after drinking too much Crodino – and boy, did the Crodino boys get their product placement money's worth in this one, with their posters and logos appearing in so many of the exterior and the restaurant scenes that you're just amazed they didn't slap a banner on the side of the Coliseum as well just to cover all the bases.

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