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  (in credits order)
Marcel Bozzuffi ... Inspector Vanni

Carole André ... Sandra
Ivan Rassimov ... Marsigliese - It. version / Black Angel - Eng. version
Riccardo Salvino ... Nicola Silvestri
Giancarlo Bonuglia ... Commissario Petrucci
Fabrizio Capucci ... Cito
Francesco Ferracini ... Franco Lubrano - poliziotto
Daniele Gabbai
Antonio Marsina ... Guido Pugliese
Ezio Miani ... Poliziotto Squadra Speciale
Giancarlo Sisti ... Roland
Franco Garofalo ... Gilbert Delange - It. version / Giampiero Manni - Eng. version
Eolo Capritti ... Saro Nistri
Dino Emanuelli ... Gianni Luciano (as Bernardino Emanuelli)

Armando Brancia ... Questore
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Umberto Amambrini ... Gangster (uncredited)
Nestore Cavaricci ... Door-guard at casino (uncredited)
Francesco D'Adda ... Techical Specialist (uncredited)
Raniero Dorascenzi ... Croupier (uncredited)
Augusto Funari ... Fratello del Marsigliese (uncredited)
Margherita Horowitz ... Casino Guest (uncredited)

Grace Jones ... Herself - Club Singer (uncredited)
Roberto Messina ... Nistri's Man (uncredited)
Luigi Pezzotti ... (uncredited)

Ted Rusoff ... Inspector Vanni (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Oscar Sciamanna ... Giornalista (uncredited)
Frank von Kuegelgen ... Black Angel (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Massimo Dallamano 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Franco Bottari 
Massimo Dallamano 
Marco Guglielmi 
Ettore Sanzò 

Produced by
Pino Buricchi .... producer
Paolo Infascelli .... producer
Original Music by
Stelvio Cipriani 
Cinematography by
Gábor Pogány 
Film Editing by
Antonio Siciliano 
Makeup Department
Franco Freda .... makeup artist
Aldo Signoretti .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bruno Cortini .... assistant director
Sound Department
Luciano Muratori .... boom operator
Sergio Mioni .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Idelmo Simonelli .... camera operator
Giuseppe Tinelli .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Sergio Muzzi .... assistant editor
Other crew
Flavia Sante Vanin .... script supervisor (as Flavia Vanin)

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Also Known As:
"Quelli della calibro 38" - Italy (original title)
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Italy:110 min
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A Squad full of little Dirty Italian Harries!, 10 November 2014
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Italian cult cinema can be so deliciously rudimentary and effective from time to time. The whole basic concept of "Colt .38 Special Squad", for instance, is simply to exploit the immense success of the Hollywood classic "Dirty Harry" and expand it by throwing in an entire squadron of ruthless & trigger-happy coppers! Add to that an evil villainous character, a staggering soundtrack by Stelvio Cipriani and a handful of extremely violent sequences and we've got ourselves a bona fide Italian Poliziotteschi cult hit! Chief inspector of police Vanni is on the hunt for über-criminal Marsigliese and shoots his brother during a confrontation. Purely to make a statement, Marsigliese savagely executes Vanni's wife right before the eyes of his 6-year-old son. After this tragic incident, Vanni receives permission from his superiors to put together a special squad that doesn't have to follow the book of instructions and with the liberty of using heavier gun power. The squad immediately has its hand full, as Marsigliese's accomplices just stole a cargo-load of explosives and terrify the city with a number of bloody bomb attacks. "Colt .38 Special Squad" is a highly entertaining and action-packed Italian cop thriller, but personally I don't rank it alongside my absolute favorites of the genre. The reason for this is merely the lack of a monumental heroic character. Even though he starred in the popular blockbuster "The French Connection", lead actor Marcel Bozzuffi plainly doesn't have the tough and invincible charisma of other Italian cop characters such as Maurizio Merli, Luc Merenda or Franco Nero. He himself is a rather inconspicuous guy, and none of his squad team members are anything special either. In fact, they are so bleak and random that I often forgot their faces or mistook them for secondary petty thieves. Ivan Rassimov, on the other hand, is very memorable as Marsigliese and literally everything you expect from a devilish gangster boss! The film also contains multiple moments of uncompromising and shocking violence, like the aforementioned execution, a nasty hit-and-run accident and packages blowing up in people's faces. You can always count on Poliziotteschi movies for gratuitous bloodshed! This was – sadly - the last accomplishment of writer/director Massimo Dallamano before he died in a car accident. To me, Dallamano will always remain the genius creator of the greatest Italian giallo ever made ("What have you done to Solange?), but he also made the excellent psychedelic horror flicks "Devil in the Flesh" and Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray".

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