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The Long Arm of the Godfather (1972)
"La mano lunga del padrino" (original title)

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Cast overview:
Don Carmelo
Peter Lee Lawrence ...
Vincenzo - 'Raffica'
Erika Blanc ...
Kim Dimon
Henriette Kok
Riccardo Petrazzi ...
Don Carmelo Henchman
Claudio Ruffini ...
Piera Moretti
Attilio Pelegatti
Pietro Torrisi ...
Bruno Boschetti


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11 August 1972 (Italy)  »

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Der lange Arm des Paten  »

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2.35 : 1
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An Italian "poliziana" sans the police
30 January 2007 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

This is my favorite kind of Italian "poliziani" because it has no police in sight! It is completely lacking in any kind of moral center considering that the "hero" (Peter Lee Lawrence) is a treacherous low-level mafioso who greedily rips off a shipment of arms from his powerful godfather (played by the excellent Adolfo Celi) and tries to sell them to an especially dubious group of Arabs--while the only other protagonist is his unfaithful, frequently naked and abused girlfriend, Sabine (played by sumptuous Italian bambina Erica Blanc). The movie is violent, deeply cynical, and totally lacking in any kind of redeeming social value, but that's what makes it all the more fun. It is kind of like the "deep noir" American movies of the 1950's like Jules Dassin's "Night in the City" or Billy Wilder's "Ace in the Hole", where the main character is amoral or sociopathic criminal and the people surrounding him are even worse.

Celi is great as always as the old-style "moustache Pete" godfather. Blanc is fully exploited as a body, if somewhat underused as an actress, but frankly this movie could be considered a feminist treatise in comparison to many of the other films in this genre. The violence against women is certainly disturbing by today's standards, but the movie is downright restrained and tasteful in that respect when compared to similar Italian films of the era like Lucio Fulci's "Contraband".

This movie definitely isn't for all tastes, but if you like violent action movies without the police-worshiping fascistic tendencies of the Hollywood variety, on one hand, or the stifling political correctness of the more modern-day movies, on the other, this is pretty alright.

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