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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:

Dino Maiuri (story), 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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Taglines:

CHARLES BRONSON: A murderer whose love for a woman was VIOLENT. TELLY SAVALAS: A man who owns both the woman and the CITY. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The music score composed by Ennio Morricone was sampled for the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino's later picture Django Unchained (2012). See more »

Goofs

Tarantulas are not found anywhere in Europe. While it is possible that the tarantula is an escaped pet of some sort, it is highly unlikely. See more »

Quotes

Al Weber: She's using you! All she wants to do, is plant her pretty little behind on that throne where I'm sitting right now. Turn that gun on her, Jeff. And I'll make you out a check for ten million dollars right now.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Battle of Chile: Part I (1975) See more »

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Charlie & Telly in a gritty 'n great urban western!
24 January 2008 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

There's absolutely no way that any movie can start off better than "Violent City". Charlie Bronson on a yacht with a ravishing blond chick, then moving onto land where the couple immediately gets subjected to a wild car chase through extremely narrow streets (and over stairs!) and ending with a violent shootout! And all this time not a single word is being spoken by anyone and all we here are the sounds of squeaking tires, snorting car engines and Ennio Moricone's umpteenth fabulous soundtrack. The first ten minutes of "Violent City" are so damn brilliant I was even tempted to stop watching the film because I honestly feared things could only go downwards from that point, ha! Luckily it didn't. Sure the pacing slowed down a bit (only a little bit, mind you) but a great film unfolds itself, with a simplistic but nevertheless compelling plot, gritty atmosphere and terrific acting performances by Charles Bronson (as the silent as always but deadly killer), Telly Savalas (as the sneering, sleazy and eccentric super-villain) and Jill Ireland (as the bimbo who appears to screw around with half of the city). Jeff is a retiring hit man who completes one more personal killing job when a former friend double-crosses him, leaves him for dead and runs off with his lady friend. Jeff's spectacular payback, executed at a race car circuit) gets him noticed by the big boss of the city's organized crime network. He wants Jeff to be a part of his successful crime-family, and when he refuses an exhilarating and testosterone-packed cat and mouse game ensues. The plot isn't highly original, but several independent sequences are magnificent, like the aforementioned opening, the intense finale or – most of all – the scene where Vanessa gets introduced to Weber (Savalas) in a restaurant. Sergio Sollima is a gifted director, who primarily earned his fame in the spaghetti western genre ("The Big Gundown" and "Run Man Run"). That's also exactly what "Violent City" often resembles; a gritty urban western with Bronson in his familiar role of lone outlaw passing through a town where no one can be trusted. If I understood correctly, the titular violent city is supposed to be Michigan, where strangely everyone speaks a combination of English and Italian. Funny detail on the Dutch DVD-release is that the dubbing is incomplete. Some of the dialogs start in English but halfway the conversation swifts to Italian and back to English again. Not at all bothering, especially not in case you looked forward to this movie as much as I did.


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 February 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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