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Violent City (1970)

Città violenta (original title)
A hitman is double-crossed by his girlfriend and barely escapes a murder attempt. He then sets out to take his revenge on the woman and the gang boss who put her up to it.

Director:

Sergio Sollima

Writers:

Arduino Maiuri (story) (as Dino Maiuri), Massimo De Rita (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Bronson ... Jeff Heston
Telly Savalas ... Al Weber
Jill Ireland ... Vanessa Shelton
Umberto Orsini ... Steve
Michel Constantin ... Killain
Ray Saunders ... Prisoner (as Ray Sanders)
Benjamin Lev Benjamin Lev ... Jeff's Mate
Peter Dane Peter Dane ... Television Host
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Storyline

After a bloody double-cross leaves him for dead, professional hit man Jeff tracks the shooter and his beautiful mistress to New Orleans. But when Jeff takes both revenge and the woman, he finds himself blackmailed by a powerful crime boss who wants the fiercely independent gunman to join his organization. Jeff refuses, and is hunted through an unforgiving city where love is like a loaded gun and debts of vengeance are paid in bullets. Written by Edwin van Oorschot <info@edwinvanoorschot.nl>

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In a city set to explode, one man has just lit the fuse See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 February 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Violent City See more »

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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tony Musante and Florinda Bolkan were originally attached to star in the lead roles. See more »

Goofs

In the shooting scene after Coogan and Vanessa left in the Porsche, the P08 Luger, with which Jeff kills his three pursuers, is seen at one moment in a take from behind with the breech opened (magazine empty) and in the very next moment in a take from the front with the breech closed (pistol loaded). This continuity-error is about ten minutes into the movie, in a scene where Jeff lies in the sand and shoots the last attacker on the other side of the burning car. See more »

Quotes

Vanessa Shelton: [in car with him] It's hopeless, you'll never believe me.
[he remains stoically silent]
Vanessa Shelton: It's terrible, really, to be the way that I am. I'm always getting things wrong.
[silence from him]
Vanessa Shelton: I was Coogan's girl when I met you.
[taking his eyes off the road, he looks at her]
Vanessa Shelton: He was terribly jealous. He realized right away something had changed. He had me followed, and found out about us. About you. He realized who you were, and decided to use you to get rid of his uncle, and then... have you wiped out,...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The end titles are brief, lasting little more than thirty seconds, accompanied by Ennio Morricone's dramatic theme. The credits run out after a mentioning of a wig supplier. Blank screen. The theme music continues gloriously, till eventual completion. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Anchor Bay DVD version restores eight minutes of footage originally cut by United Artists for the U.S. release. Because these scenes were never dubbed into English, they are presented in their original Italian language with English subtitles. See more »

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Has a great beginning and ending.
2 April 2015 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Charles Bronson is at his coolest and most bad ass in this entertaining Italian crime flick. Bronson plays Jeff Heston, a professional hit man who wants to leave that line of work behind him. But his associates will have NONE of that, and spend a lot of time trying to set him up and take him out. When attempts are made on his life, Jeff makes it his mission to get revenge on the old "friend" and current flame who tried to eliminate him.

Adding a shot in the arm is Telly Savalas, appearing around the one hour mark, as a slick, rich gangster, Al Weber. Telly is a lot of fun to watch. Female lead Jill Ireland is less satisfactory (but looks amazing), but she's not bad as this scheming, conniving person. The excellent international cast also includes Michel Constantin as Killain, Umberto Orsini as Steve, and Ray Saunders as one of Jeffs' cell mates.

This twist laden script, with six people in total credited for the story and screenplay (including Lina Wertmuller and director Sergio Sollima), has the potential to confuse the viewer, especially as it doesn't always exist in one time frame. But Sollima does an excellent job at crafting the action. One can hardly fail to notice that the opening set piece plays out wordlessly, with no actors speaking until about 12 minutes along. A climactic elevator ride similarly plays out almost without sound. The camera work is first rate, as is the use of various locations. The pacing may cause some viewers to fidget, as it's very deliberate most of the time.

Bronson fans will see a different side of him here, as he roughs up his real life wife Ireland on more than one occasion. He's not a squeaky clean protagonist, for sure. The ending may likewise take some people by surprise.

Overall this is stylish trash, well shot in Techniscope and featuring a typically eclectic soundtrack courtesy of the legendary Ennio Morricone. There are also little doses of nudity along the way.

Seven out of 10.


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