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Could It Happen Here? (1977)

Italia: Ultimo atto? (original title)


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Credited cast:
Andrea Franchetti ...
Ines Pellegrini ...
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Luigi Casellato
Fabrizia Castagnoli
Valentino Dain
Maria Tedeschi
Nello Pazzafini
Raffaele Di Mario
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Ivo Garrani


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24 November 1977 (Italy)  »

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Build up to the assassination of a minister by Luc Merenda and two other terrorists
10 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched "Could It Happen Here?" (1977) under the title "Terrorism". The full screen print ran 82 minutes in below par condition for such unrestored movies.

It's not bad. It starts out with 2 terrorists in flight on the streets, Luc Merenda and Marcella Michelangeli. They find their assigned hideout and are told to wait there, but Merenda is suspicious of Michelangeli and impatient. He seems ready to shoot her as a spy or infiltrator of their underground cell of terrorists. Then there is a movie-length flashback takes over and we see the build-up to the assassination event. Three of them are involved, the third being a nervous guy out of prison who likes to kill and is not into the left-wing politics of the other two.

The flashback scenes are well-handled, showing the backgrounds of these terrorists. Michelangeli is from a bourgeois background and has rejected it. Merenda, married and with a son, is strongly into a philosophy of action at the end of a gun barrel. The two of them unrealistically think they are going to stir the masses into action. They haven't killed before. Lou Castel is their boss and tries to stop the operation, under orders from higher, but Merenda doesn't do it and Michelangeli gets the plans and continues it. We also get to see how the police behave, which is to round up and hassle a lot of innocent people, and we see Merenda at work and how alienated the workers can get. We see several scenes like that in other places.

I would not call this movie boring; I didn't feel I had wasted my time watching it. It moves along well enough and reveals psychologies and ideas. Interspersed is real life footage of riots. If this were available complete, restored and in widescreen, it would be as good as most other poliziotesschi.

The man dubbing Merenda I think has done him or Merli before. He's very good at it. Merenda does a very good job playing the determined terrorist. The unsmiling Michelangeli is less expressive. The third member also does a good job with his more psychopathic character.

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