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Buitres sobre la ciudad (1981)

Maurizio Merli plays the part of an journalist investigating the Mafia, and Hugo Stiglitz is his photographer sidekick. Despite a number of fights, car chases and explosions, for the first ... See full summary »

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Maurizio Merli ...
Mark Spencieri
Hugo Stiglitz ...
Theo
Lilli Carati ...
Isela (as Lili Carati)
Eduardo Fajardo ...
Bonardis
Manuel Zarzo ...
(as Manolo Zarzo)
Fernando Sánchez Polack ...
Cullen
Alejandro de Enciso ...
(as Alejandro Enciso)
Frank Braña ...
Mike Haddon (as Francisco Braña)
José Riesgo
María Álvarez
Carmen Martínez Sierra
Anastasio Campoy
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Bender
Nadiuska ...
Denise Marciano
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Maurizio Merli plays the part of an journalist investigating the Mafia, and Hugo Stiglitz is his photographer sidekick. Despite a number of fights, car chases and explosions, for the first half of the film the action is not at the usual height of Italians police flicks, with little blood spilled and punches thrown that look more like badminton serves. The last half of the movie is decidedly more interesting, with several brutal scenes. The journalist gets savagely beaten while elsewhere his girl is captured and raped. Merli then switches into action hero mode. In one scene he comes busting right through a wall, gun blazing, and eventually resorts to kidnapping and torture to get his revenge against the bad guys. The tone of reactionary vigilantism in the film almost seems to wish for a return to the old Fascist regime, when at least organized crime could not get a foothold. Written by lament

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15 June 1981 (Spain)  »

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There is a burst of action some two thirds of the way through
8 February 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I really don't think I can think of much very positive to write about this film. I suppose the poster is OK and Lili Carati as the lead's girlfriend is fine and takes her rape rather well. Maurizio Merli is not one of my favourite actors, I don't know whether he got fed up with the Franco Nero comparisons or got off on them, but he barely gets up the enthusiasm to bother to throw a punch in the right direction here. Some of the Madrid shots were nice, especially good to see the old station because when I was there they had just done the place up as some recreational/botanical garden place. It looked great but looked even better here with the old trains. There is a burst of action some two thirds of the way through but for the most part this is people chatting about what's got to be done and whose going to do it, or not.


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