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Wake Up and Die (1966)

Svegliati e uccidi (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 6 April 1966 (Italy)
Luciano Lutring is a dangerous fugitive in Italy, he meets Candida, a nightclub singer and they fall in love. On their back is Candida's lover Franco Magni, a two-bit gangster. Powered by ... See full summary »


Carlo Lizzani


Ugo Pirro (story), Carlo Lizzani (story) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Hoffmann ... Luciano Lutring
Lisa Gastoni ... Yvonne Lutring
Gian Maria Volontè ... Inspector Moroni
Claudio Camaso ... Franco Magni
Renato Niccolai Renato Niccolai ... Comm. Giuliani
Ottavio Fanfani Ottavio Fanfani ... Isp. Julien
Pupo De Luca Pupo De Luca ... (as Giovanni De Luca)
Corrado Olmi Corrado Olmi ... Bobino, ricettatore
Augusto Bonardi Augusto Bonardi
Renato Terra ... (as Renato Terra Caizzi C.S.C.)
Emilio Delle Piane Emilio Delle Piane
Roberto Maldera
Aldo Suligoj Aldo Suligoj ... Agente francese
Piero Buttarelli Piero Buttarelli ... (as Pietro Butarelli)
Rita Ricciarelli Rita Ricciarelli


Luciano Lutring is a dangerous fugitive in Italy, he meets Candida, a nightclub singer and they fall in love. On their back is Candida's lover Franco Magni, a two-bit gangster. Powered by his new-found fame and reputation, Lutring increasingly becomes more and more reckless, robbing as many jewelry stores as he can and pawning them before the cops catch up with him. One of the first of many poliziesco movies of the time and based on the life of real-life criminal Luciano Lutring; the infamous jewelry thief also known as the "machine gun soloist", a name he acquired by the media by keeping his weapon in a violin case. Written by norma-desmond

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The story of 'Luciano'


Crime | Drama


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Did You Know?


When stopped at the gas station, you can see the front of their car, which is clearly a Chevy. When they're back in the car and driving, you can now see by the hood ornament that they're driving a BMW. See more »


Referenced in The Witches (1967) See more »


Una Stanza Vuota
Composed by Ennio Morricone
Lyrics by Carlo Rossi
Sung by Lisa Gastoni
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Given the choice of viewing a full length original subtitled version of a film or a shortened UK language version, I would always choose the first option. Given this choice on the Arrow Blu-ray release, however, I learned from somewhere that the original version might appear to drag in parts and went for the shorter version. This is so great, with fast action and continuous, exciting location cinematography that I will now have to watch the other as well. Based on a true story with filming beginning just three months after the guy's arrest and in the cinemas within a year, this is breakneck, budget film making at its best. Robert Hoffmann and Lisa Gastoni are both effective and charismatic in the lead roles but in truth it is those fabulously shot sequences along sparkling streets, shop fronts and bar interiors that make this such an evocative and exciting movie.

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