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Savage Three (1975)

Fango bollente (original title)
The Savage Three are three young men, fresh into the world, who work together at a computer analysis company. All three appear to be calm, level-headed, well-educated young men with the ... See full summary »


Vittorio Salerno


Giancarlo Balestrini (screenplay), Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay) | 5 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Dallesandro ... Ovidio Mainardi
Gianfranco De Grassi Gianfranco De Grassi ... Giacomo
Guido De Carli Guido De Carli ... Pepe
Carmen Scarpitta Carmen Scarpitta ... Moglie del deputato
Martine Brochard ... Alba Mainardi
Enrico Maria Salerno ... Commissario Santagà
Sal Borgese ... Guard
Claudio Nicastro
Luigi Casellato Luigi Casellato ... Capo squadra mobile (as Gigi Casellato)
Ada Pometti Ada Pometti ... Raped girl
Umberto Ceriani Umberto Ceriani ... Commissario Tamaraglio
Gualtiero Rispoli Gualtiero Rispoli ... Scientifico
Enzo Garinei Enzo Garinei
Renzo Ozzano
Enrico Marciani Enrico Marciani ... Poliziotto


The Savage Three are three young men, fresh into the world, who work together at a computer analysis company. All three appear to be calm, level-headed, well-educated young men with the world at their fingertips. They are best friends, working togther by day & playfully carousing at night. Dominated by the Ovidio, played by the handsome Joe Dallesandro, the three young men soon evolve from well-mannered professionals to violent criminals. Written by TemporaryOne-1

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Release Date:

20 September 1975 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Furia homicida (Fango caliente) See more »

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Comma 9 See more »
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1.85 : 1
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The most aggressive boy band that ever existed
14 June 2018 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

No mobsters here. No bank robberies either. Just three working Joes, working day in, day out. Joe works in a science lab, staring at rats and working on computers. His wife is a career woman who's always at work (and not averse to forwarding her career by giving her boss a chewy!). His mate lives with several billion family members who won't shut up. The third guy can't get a minute's peace due to his house falling to bits and his neighbours arguing. It's enough to drive them all mad.

Which it does! These three, led by Joe, start acting out against society in every way possible. They start off by starting a football riot where dozens are injured and one person dies. The case is given to perpetually tired looking cop Enrico Salerno, who initially encouters, but does not suspect, Joe while attending computer lessons at the lab Joe works at (the computer-based dialogue here is hilarious by the way). Enrico is down on his luck as he was demoted after ramming some bad guy in his car, so he's playing things a bit softly this time round...at least at first.

I've said it before - Joe Dallesandro can't really emote, but he's good as an angry psychopath. His trio become the scourge of society as the add murder to their list of crimes, at first stabbing a truck driver during a road rage incident, then killing a pimp and a hooker. They also kill a member of high society by impaling her on the fork of a fork lift truck, using an effect so good I can't figure how they did it.

This film plays out like some kind of Italian Clockwork Orange with kind of similar themes. If I was a man who thought about stuff I'd say that this whole film is a commentary on man's inability to successfully channel his aggression in everyday mundane tasks and even the acceptable societal outlets for such feelings (football being the glaring example here). It evokes the 'violent male ape' hypothesis that violence is inherent in humans and that these violent tendencies are as natural as love, affection and hunger.

I'm not a thinking man however so I'll just say that Sal Borghese looked real goofy when we first see him.

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