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The Mad Dog Killer (1977)

La belva col mitra (original title)
Unrated | | Crime, Thriller | 29 October 1977 (Italy)
Sadistic no-count killer Nanni Vitali and three other equally brutish hoodlums escape from prison. The foul foursome embark on a savage rape, murder, and robbery spree. Vitali even abducts ... See full summary »

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Vitali
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Giuliana
Richard Harrison ...
Santini
Marina Giordana ...
Carla
Luigi Bonos ...
Pappalardo (as Gigi Bonos)
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Caroli
Ezio Marano
Claudio Gora ...
Judge
Alberto Squillante ...
Pacesi
Maria Pascucci
Nello Pazzafini ...
Caporali (as Giovanni Pazzafini)
Antonio Basile ...
Portesi
Sergio Smacchi ...
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Sadistic no-count killer Nanni Vitali and three other equally brutish hoodlums escape from prison. The foul foursome embark on a savage rape, murder, and robbery spree. Vitali even abducts and defiles frightened hapless lass Giuliana Caroli. Meanwhile, rugged police inspector Giulio Santini is determined to bag the despicable Vitali. Written by Woodyanders

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Out of Prison ... Out of Control ... and Totally Out of His Mind!

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Crime | Thriller

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29 October 1977 (Italy)  »

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Beast with a Gun  »

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Nanni Vitali: Have a drink twat!
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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) See more »

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Beast with a Gun Vs. Mad Dog

I'm not sure which title I like more but this film does indeed have a certain special charm to it. No, it is not outstanding or anything superlative like that, but it is rather enjoyable to watch as a crook/killer gets out of prison to wreak havoc and revenge on those responsible for putting him there in the first place. Helmut Berger is the best thing about this film as he plays a violent, sadistic psychopath with the best of them. He has no heart whatsoever and is quite something to see. His scenes in the abandoned warehouse and with newly acquired "moll" the beautiful Marisa Mell particularly stand out. Muscle-bound Richard Harrison, who you might remember from some older sword and sandal movies, plays the cop out to protect himself and his family. Like another reviewer noted, the script and plot have some obvious problems, but the pace and delivery more than offset those inadequacies. If you want some good, old-fashioned Italiam crime atmosphere then Mad Dog or Beast with a Gun is for you.


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