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La banda del gobbo (1978)

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Pino Colizzi ...
Commissario Sarti
Isa Danieli ...
Maria - prostitute
Salvatore Borghese ...
Milo Dragovic 'Albanese'
Luciano Catenacci ...
Adalberto Maria Perrone
Solvi Stubing ...
Marika Engver - embassy clerk (as Solvy Stubing)
Guido Leontini ...
Mario Di Gennaro - 'Sogliola'
Francesco D'Adda ...
The Bespectacled Psychiatrist
Fulvio Mingozzi ...
Commissioner Mingozzi
Carlo Gaddi ...
Faina' - Gobbos friend
Alessandra Cardini ...
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Livio Galassi ...
Giggi - Gobbo's friend
Pierangelo Civera ...
Agente Romeo Esposito (as Angelo Civera)
Nello Pazzafini ...
Carmine Ciacci
Franco Odoardi ...
The Chief Psychiatrist
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Not Lenzi's best crime effort, but an enjoyable little thriller
30 January 2007 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

When it comes to Italian crime films, Umberto Lenzi is undoubtedly the king of the Italian Polizi sub-genre, and while this film doesn't quite live up to the ones that went before it; Brothers Till We Die is still an interesting and entertaining little film that is sure to please fans of this sort of stuff. This was the last of Lenzi's crime collaborations with the great Tomas Milian, and it's also the most ambitious use of the actor. Here, Milian is given the task of playing two brothers, but since this is a cheapo Italian effort where special effects weren't really affordable, the effect is generated entirely through editing, and it has to be said that Lenzi does a good job. The plot is somewhat routine and simply follows a familiar revenge curve. Francesco and Vincenzo are brothers; Francesco is a bum better known as "Pigsty" and Vincenzo is a hunchback who gets called "Humpo" (you gotta love Italians!). The plot focuses more on Vincenzo, a wanted man who "rears his hump" in order to commit another robbery. However, things don't go to plan as his accomplices decide to shoot him (he's too noticeable, and therefore runs a risk of getting them all caught). Vincenzo manages to drag himself into a sewer, and then proceeds to get revenge...

The film doesn't feature the greatest script ever written (not even the greatest script ever written for a trashy Italian film!), but the silly dialogue is often very funny and the film's absolute disregard for political correctness when it comes to the lead character's disfigurement is just great. Obviously, a lot of this film's success (or lack of) rests on the shoulders of Tomas Milian, and despite being given a rather heavy role; he doesn't manage to turn a great performance. His "Pigsty" character is a messy imitation of the "Garbage Can" character from Free Hand for a Tough Cop, while the hunchback character is a lot more like Milian's forte; but the make-up intrudes on the performance, and neither one comes off particularly well. However, I'd much rather have Tomas Milian in the role than anyone else, and he does always make the film worth watching in spite of its shortcomings. The plot flows nicely enough throughout and it's usually entertaining. Lenzi has also seen fit to throw in a sub-plot revolving around the hunchback's attitude towards his disability, which feels a bit odd but works fairly well nonetheless. Overall, this is a decent enough slice of Italian police action and I'm sure most people that see it will enjoy it.


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