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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 »

Genres:

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

Third and final cinema movie collaboration of actors Charles Bronson and Telly Savalas. The two earlier pictures were Battle of the Bulge (1965) and The Dirty Dozen (1967). See more »

Goofs

During an extended car chase that takes place on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the cuts from one minute to the next make absolutely no sense, as they jump back and forth from various locations all over the island with no regard to direction or time of travel. See more »

Quotes

Steve: [about to phone] What's the name of the hotel where you are supposed to meet Jeff?
Vanessa Shelton: Why? Who are you calling?
Steve: The police, naturally.
[she jumps up and clicks off the phone]
Steve: Wow, what does that mean?
[still with receiver in his hand]
Vanessa Shelton: [sighs] Wait, Steve.
[shakes head]
Vanessa Shelton: I can't do it.
Steve: What's wrong? You're moist.
[...]
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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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Stunning Sollima Crime-Action With Bronson
1 December 2006 | by Witchfinder-General-666See all my reviews

I'm a big fan of Sergio Sollima's ingenious Spaghetti Westerns, and Charles Bronson is without doubt a great enrichment to any movie he played in. Sollima's "Citta Violenta" aka. "Violent City" aka. "The Family" of 1970 is a very good crime/action flick with Bronson in the leading role and a great score by Ennio Morricone. "The Family" may not quite share the brilliance of Sollima's Westerns, but it is definitely a very solid, greatly acted film that no Bronson fan can afford to miss!

After hit man Jeff Heston (Charles Bronson) is double crossed by his girlfriend (Bronson's real life wife Jill Ireland), and almost gets killed by rival gangsters, he spends the following four years in prison. After getting out of jail, he wants to track down those who betrayed him. It is not so easy, however, to find out who was involved in his assassination attempt, and Heston has to make quite an effort to distinguish between friends and enemies.

Charles Bronson is once again great as the leading character, and definitely the best choice to play Jeff Heston. Telly Savalas also delivers a great performance as the boss of a crime family. Although many folks seem to think differently, I also found that Jill Ireland did a great job as femme fatale Vanessa. One of the few things that were not quite necessary in "Citta Violenta", were the endless car chases. Car chases are of course mandatory for a film like this, but when they get too long, they can get a bit boring easily. The car chase sequences here are usually followed by violent action, however. The movie is quite imaginatively photographed, and Ennio Morricone's score is, as always, great, and although it is a bit different to the 'typical' Morricone that we're used to from Westerns, it is immediately clear who composed this soundtrack.

A very well made action flick with a great leading performance by Bronson, "Citta Violenta" is a great flick, maybe not quite as essential as Sollima's Westerns, but immensely entertaining, atmospheric and totally badass, and not to be missed by a Bronson fan. 8/10


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