Tony finds himself targeted by both kidnappers and a resentful policeman
"Tony: Another Double Game" is also known as "Tony: The Other Side of Violent Turin". It's a 1980 poliziotteschi.
It's important to know of the DVD that the film is incomplete and that some scenes are believed lost. I watched the 89m DVD version which is the longest one available, and I can attest it is incomplete. At one point, the protagonist Tony (Emanuel Cannarsa) is in the hospital. A gang sends a hit-man after him. There is a suspenseful buildup to the point where the hit-man is opening the door and Tony awakens. And then, poof, there is a violent cut to Tony surrounded by police talking about his having shot the hit-man. In another instance in which a suspenseful sequence occurs when ransom is being paid, there is a cut in which we do not see what happened to the ransom. There is also probably a cut pertaining to the attack by the cops on the kidnappers. There is also some confusion over who some lesser characters are when they appear.
With this going on, I rate the existing print as below par or 5. If it were complete, I'd rate it 6 (for me, that's average) or even above average 7. What we do have is quite good. This film doesn't have a lot of action in the form of chases, but it has good editing and suspense build-ups. It leans more to the psychological side.
The basic story is that Cannarsa is under suspicion by an older inspector who has developed a hatred of younger men, thugs or not, when his son became a rebellious demonstrator. There is a cop named Santini, however, who is on Tony's side. Tony accidentally witnesses a kidnapping and tries to stop it, unmasking one kidnapper whom he knows. His position becomes tough. The kidnappers know who he is. The hard cop is badgering him constantly. Santini is trying to get him to cooperate. Eventually he reveals enough so that the cops begin to track the kidnappers and hope to rescue the boy they kidnapped.
This is a late and solid poliziotteschi which is realistic and does not come across as phony or contrived. It's too bad that it's incomplete, but you never know what might turn up in the future.
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