The subtitles I saw used the name Nel for Eastman, not Knell. The title "Knell the Bloody Avenger" makes it sound as if this is a movie set in the Dark or Middle Ages somewhere in Europe. Actually this poliziotesschi (or euro-crime story) is set in San Francisco. Eastman arrives to avenge his father's killing. His father was a cop. He enlists the help of a crime boss played by Jack Palance. Naturally it proves difficult both to pin down the criminal boss who is responsible and to give him what's coming to him.
Eastman maintains an even keel throughout. Palance is much more jovial. Eastman has numerous run-ins with mobsters, leading to a big shootout.
The widescreen English-dubbed print I watched was quite poor, unrestored, murky, and with hard Dutch subtitles. The movie would come across somewhat better, of course, in a decent print. However, it has one major problem, which is incoherent film editing. The plot that unfolds doesn't give us the logic of where he goes or what he does. At one point, Palance is giving him a ride. Eastman judo chops him and knocks him out. He pulls Palance from the car, takes off in the car to his dangerous destination meeting with some bad guys. Why he did this to Palance is unclear. Then, a little while later, Palance suddenly appears with a machine gun to help him out. When Eastman lands at the San Francisco airport, a gunman is there whose job is to kill him. What happens by coincidence is that a bunch of terrorists start shooting up the place and herding people together. Eastman then plays hero.
And so it goes, with one thing after another raising unanswered questions. At one point, there is a strip tease act intercut with Eastman elsewhere in a chase sequence. It certainly was novel.
Despite the film's negatives, I cannot say I dislike the film. But with your viewing time limited, you will do better to watch almost any other poliziotesschi.
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