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Roma a mano armata (1976)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | July 1978 (USA)
A tough, violent cop who doesn't mind bending the law goes after a machine-gun-carrying, hunchbacked psychotic killer.

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(as Bert Lenzi)

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(story) (as Bert Lenzi), (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Chief of Police
Giampiero Albertini ...
Commissioner Francesco Caputo
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Tony Parenzo
Biagio Pelligra ...
Savelli
Aldo Barberito ...
Detective Poliani
Stefano Patrizi ...
Stefano
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Moretto's Henchman
Luciano Catenacci ...
Ferdinando Gerace
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Savelli's Lawyer
Carlo Gaddi ...
Ambulance Driver
Claudio Nicastro ...
Fence
Valentino Macchi ...
Franco
Alessandra Cardini ...
Sandra Moretto (as Sandra Cardini)
Gabriella Lepori ...
Marta Assante
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A tough, violent cop who doesn't mind bending the law goes after a machine-gun-carrying, hunchbacked psychotic killer.

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Vigilante enforcers - lurking in the dark... waiting to kill! See more »


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July 1978 (USA)  »

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Assault with a Deadly Weapon  »

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Terry Levene distributed this film in the late 1970's, he replaced a few of the establishing shots with those of American locations. For an establishing shot of the Rome youth center where Tanzi meets Stefano, Levine used a shot of the Manhattan night club "Fascination". Strangely enough, in the later Lenzi film Da Corleone a Brooklyn (1979) (which also starred Maurizio Merli as an Italian policeman), Merli drives by the club "Fascination" after he arrives in New York. See more »

Quotes

Commissioner Leonardo Tanzi: [Holds up a football score card] Is it yours?
Stefano: No, it's your sister's.
Commissioner Leonardo Tanzi: [Beating him up] I'll make you forget women for the rest of your life, damn it! You fucking stupid son of a bitch! I'd like to see you do it again, you know!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are played while the camera in first person view mode (From a criminal's POV) drives through Rome looking at banks and building societies and leaves the city through a long, dark tunnel as the credits end. See more »

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Edited from Milano trema: la polizia vuole giustizia (1973) See more »

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Absolutely classic euro-crime
5 December 2000 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Maurizio Merli and Tomas Milian star in probably the most typical, yet completely enjoyable Italian crime movie by Umberto Lenzi. With a blazing soundtrack by Franco Micalizzi and some exciting camerawork by Federico Zanni, this film is fast-paced and furious although the narrative makes relatively little sense. This reminds me of THE RAIDERS OF ATLANTIS, a film Dardano Sacchetti also penned, which was completely fun and enjoyable although it didn't make any sense whatsoever.

The best scenes in this movie have to be the extended car chases. Milian hijacks an ambulence and kills all the people on board for no reason. When it crashes in a crowded flea market, Milian jumps out of the ambulence and just starts randomly firing his sub-machine gun into the crowd to create enough confusion to get away. Another great scene has a gang of upper-class teenagers led by the baby-faced Stefano Patrizi who get bored of nightclubbing and proceed to rape a girl and beat up her boyfriend in a vacant lot. Patrizi is wholely unsympathetic as he punches the boyfriend in the gut repeatedly and knees him in the face, then making weird gestures with a nearby piece of wood. Merli later pops by their nightclub and smashes Patrizi's face right through a pinball machine and then simultaneously beats the tar out of the six or so members of the gang!

This film comes fast and furious. Good performances all around by a veteran cast (with Arthur Kennedy, Ivan Rassimov, and Luciano Pigozzi along for the ride). It's not the most coherent of Lenzi's works, but it's definitely a genre classic. Where's the DVD?


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