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Italia a mano armata (1976)

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Cast

Credited cast:
Maurizio Merli ...
Raymond Pellegrin ...
Arpino
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Albertelli
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Luisa
Toni Ucci ...
Cacace
Daniele Dublino ...
Luzzi
Sergio Fiorentini ...
Mancuso
Franco Borelli ...
Bertoli
Dino Mattielli ...
Attardi
Rocco Oppedisano
Carlo Valli ...
Rocchi
Marcello Monti ...
Torri
Massimo Vanni ...
Fabbri
Fortunato Arena ...
Morel
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27 November 1976 (Italy)  »

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Final part of police commissioner Betti's trilogy, also including Violent City (1975) and Violent Naples (1976). See more »

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A SPECIAL COP IN ACTION (Marino Girolami, 1976) **
3 July 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

The Italians were second to none in virtually inventing new sub-genres by subverting to their own terms the conventions of classic Hollywood cinema; thus, after the Peplum (Epics), Gothic (Horror), Spaghetti (Westerns) and Giallo (Thriller), the 1970s ushered in the era of the Poliziotteschi which was basically an Italian version of DIRTY HARRY (1971) - although, to be fair to them, the seeds of the genre had been sown a few years earlier. Astonishingly there were practically innumerable similar movies made between 1966-80, a phenomenon which can easily be attributable to Italy's tumultuous political climate rife with corruption and kidnappings which marked the 1970s. Admittedly, I used to be very skeptical about the worthiness of these films (something which held true for the mainstream Italian film industry itself at the time) but having now gotten a fair share of them under my belt, I have to say that I've changed my stance somewhat.

This is the final entry - following VIOLENT ROME (1975) and VIOLENT NAPLES (1976) - in the "Commissario Betti" trilogy, with Maurizio Merli (the poor man's Franco Nero) gnashing his teeth throughout the film at untouchable "honest" businessman John Saxon; here, the hero even shares an unconvincing romance with the sister of a kidnapped child. While it certainly features plenty of action, ensuring an unrelenting pace and occasional excitement (though I would say that, ultimately, it provides one chase too many!), the film is nothing really special - the English title notwithstanding - and, worse, virtually interchangeable with any other of its ilk...apart from the unexpected downbeat ending which, apparently, was a deliberate act on the part of director Girolami (who here actually uses the pseudonym Franco Martinelli!) because he had been bypassed for the second installment; not having watched the first entry in the series, I can't comment on its quality but VIOLENT NAPLES

  • directed by the more highly-profiled Umberto Lenzi - is certainly
superior to the third!!


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