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11 March 1976 (Italy) See more »
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 »
Live Like A Cop, Die Like A Man DVD Review
 (From Twitch. 30 August 2011, 9:11 PM, PDT)

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  (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
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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100 min | USA:94 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Finland:K-18 (1984) (cut) | Italy:VM18 | Norway:16 (video rating) | Portugal:M/18 | Sweden:15 (heavily cut) | UK:18 | UK:X (cut) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (cut)

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3 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Unorthodox-Copper Holocaust!, 13 May 2007
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

You just know you're in for one hell of a thrill-ride when the movie you're watching opens with a 10-minutes-long chase sequence on motorcycles; through the crowd-infested streets of Rome and ending with a shocking execution that truly goes against all the rules of ethically correct police work. "Live like a Cop, Die Like a Man" is a work of genuine 70's exploitation, scripted by the multi-talented Fernando Di Leo and directed by the almighty Ruggero Deodato. Deodato is, without a doubt and hands down, the KING of exploitation cinema! A couple of years before he dedicated himself to the notorious jungle adventures ("Jungle Holocaust", "Cut and Run" and, of course, his ultimate masterpiece "Cannibal Holocaust") and brutal revenge-horror ("House on the Edge of the Park"), Deodato made his one and only "Polizieschi" movie, but it's definitely memorable & unique enough to rank among the best in the sub genre. "Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man" is an indescribably sadistic and cynical film and it's very different from the usual efforts in the "Polizieschi" genre. These raw and explicit Italian crime-thrillers always introduce macho cop characters that shoot first and ask questions later, but at least they usually have good reasons for their very unorthodox investigation techniques. They either want to avenge a murdered friend or colleague, or they're on a tight time-schedule to rescue kidnapped children or recover a stolen treasure. (Al)Fred(o) and (An)Tony(o), the two protagonists in Deodato's film, are different. They simply cross the thin line between justice and delinquency because they enjoy it! Much more than any other entry in the Polizieschi sub genre, "Live Like a Cop, Die like a Man" glorifies extreme violence and nearly encourages people to take justice into their own hands. Fred and Tony terminate unarmed & defenseless gangsters, force female suspects into having sex with them, burn down fancy cars and invade private clubs for no real reason and they carelessly endanger the lives of civilians. And whilst they're performing their "jobs", they never for one second stop to pay attention to their good playboy-looks and macho charisma. This film is fast-paced and multiple isolated sequences are terrific (the hostage-situation! The bank robbery!), but the script as a whole sadly lacks continuity and depth. There's no actual plot, as Fred & Tony are simply hunting down Rome's biggest crime boss, Roberto Pasquini, and they eliminate a lot of his accomplices and random street scum during their 'assignment'. Most other Polizieschi flicks have a slightly more intelligent script, but "Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man" primarily benefices from sickening violence, gratuitous sleaze and unscrupulous controversy. The editing is sharp, the lurid 70's music is fabulous and Deodato's profound direction is brilliant and ultimately praiseworthy. I read somewhere that the motorcycle chases amidst crowded shopping streets and during broad daylight were filmed without official permission. Your name simply has to be Ruggero Deodato if you risk endangering the lives of unsuspecting civilians only to shoot credible and realistic footage of Rome!

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