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Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man (1976) More at IMDbPro »Uomini si nasce poliziotti si muore (original title)


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Director:
Writers:
Fernando Di Leo (screenplay)
Fernando Di Leo (story)
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Release Date:
11 March 1976 (Italy) See more »
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Fred and Tony are members of an elite 'special squad' of police in Rome, Italy whom are licensed-to-kill, undercover cops whom thrive on living dangerously. | Full synopsis »
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Live Like A Cop, Die Like A Man DVD Review
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Deodato's interesting reducto ad absurdum of the Italian police film See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Marc Porel ... Fred
Ray Lovelock ... Tony

Adolfo Celi ... Captain

Franco Citti ... Rudy
Silvia Dionisio ... Norma
Marino Masé ... Rick

Renato Salvatori ... Pasquini
Sergio Ammirata ... Sergeant
Bruno Corazzari ... Morandi
Daniele Dublino ... Corrupt Cop
Sofia Dionisio ... Lina Pasquini (as Flavia Fabiani)
Tom Felleghy ... Major
Margherita Horowitz ... Mona
Gina Mascetti ... Maricca
Marcello Monti ... 3rd kidnapper
Claudio Nicastro ... Commissioner
Gino Pagnani ... Paul
Enzo Pulcrano ... Mario
Alvaro Vitali ... Concierge at Pasquini's building
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angelo Boscariol ... Passerby (uncredited)
Nestore Cavaricci ... Policeman (uncredited)
Pietro Ceccarelli ... Club Bouncer (uncredited)
Enrico Chiappafreddo ... Man Tortured on Boat (uncredited)
Carolyn De Fonseca ... Morandi's Wife (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Ruggero Deodato ... Man Walking Out of Bank (uncredited)
Bruno Di Luia ... Thug (uncredited)
Anja Engstrom ... Topless girl on boat (uncredited)

Michael Forest ... Rick (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Gilberto Galimberti ... Man Tortured on Boat (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Thug on Gambling Boat (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Benito Pacifico ... 1st Gunman (uncredited)
Robert Spafford ... Commissioner (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Pat Starke ... Norma (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Marcello Verziera ... Pasquini Henchman on Motorbike Pricking Holes in Tires (uncredited)

Directed by
Ruggero Deodato 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Fernando Di Leo  screenplay
Fernando Di Leo  story
Alberto Marras  story
Vincenzo Salviani  story

Produced by
Alberto Marras .... producer
Vincenzo Salviani .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ubaldo Continiello 
 
Cinematography by
Guglielmo Mancori 
 
Film Editing by
Gianfranco Simoncelli 
 
Production Design by
Franco Bottari 
 
Art Direction by
Franco Bottari 
 
Set Decoration by
Mauro Passi 
 
Makeup Department
Alma Santoli .... makeup artist
Vittoria Silvi .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roberto Pariante .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Renato Alfonsi .... boom operator
Antonio Forrest .... sound
 
Stunts
Biagio Gambini .... stunt driver
Nella Gambini .... stunt driver
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Aldo Bergamini .... assistant camera
Renato Palmieri .... assistant camera
Mario Sbrenna .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Liliana Galli .... wardrobe
 
Other crew
Laura Frigo .... continuity
Gilberto Galimberti .... master at arms
Pino Salviani .... production secretary (as Peppino Salviani)
 

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Also Known As:
"Uomini si nasce poliziotti si muore" - Italy (original title)
"Vanishing" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
100 min | USA:94 min
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Certification:
Finland:K-18 (1984) (cut) | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Italy:VM18 | Norway:16 (video rating) | Portugal:M/18 | Sweden:15 (heavily cut) | UK:X (cut) | USA:Not Rated

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Deodato's interesting reducto ad absurdum of the Italian police film, 24 December 2009
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

This is an interesting Italian crime thriller from notorious "Cannibal Holocaust" director Ruggiero Deodato in that it takes the usual fascist and sexist tendencies of the genre and exaggerates them to the point of ironic parody.

Ray Lovelock and Mark Porel play two rogue motorcycle cops who are more like criminals with badges. They endanger the public, they beat, torture, and shoot suspects, and the avail themselves of any woman they come across. But there is also a definite homosexual subtext between the two characters. Both are played by pretty-boy actors. They ride around on the same motorbike. At and one point, they have what is pretty close to three-way sex with the slutty sister of a gangster they are pursuing. The sister is played by "Fabiana Flavia", who is actually Sofia Dionisio, the younger, bustier sister of Silvia Dionisio, who was Deodato's wife at the time (So, yes, Deodato films a fairly graphic double sex scene with his own sister-in-law!). Silvia Dionisio also has a smaller part as a secretary, but it's a plum part for an actress in one of these macho films, first because she gets to keep her clothes on, and second, because she gets to banter with these two sexist pigs as they shamelessly hit on her (and her "liberated" character definitely gives as good as she gets).

There are some very disturbing moments of violence in this film, equaled only in the genre by Lucio Fulci's notorious "Contraband', Andrea Bianchi's "Cry of a Prostitute",and the grindhouse classic "Rico" (aka "Cauldron of Death"). These films generally vary greatly from intelligent noirish and morally ambiguous fare, where a lone cop or sympathetic criminal is forced to survive in an urban jungle, to trite, right-wing fantasies where a straight-arrow cop takes on mustache-twirling bad guys while his lilly-livered liberal superiors fume. This movie takes the latter path generally, but it exaggerates the vigilante cops so much it becomes a kind of reducto ad absurdum. It's not a great film perhaps, but it is certainly worth watching, especially if you are a fan of the genre.

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