Violent City ()

Città violenta (original title)
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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.


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Jeff Heston
Al Weber
Vanessa Shelton
Prisoner (as Ray Sanders)
Benjamin Lev ...
Jeff's Mate
Peter Dane ...
Television Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rémy Julienne ...
Thug in red car (uncredited)
Beryl Salvatore ...
Debutante (uncredited)
Shapiro (uncredited)
Robert Spafford ...
Killain (uncredited) (voice)
Bit Part (uncredited)

Directed by

Sergio Sollima

Written by

Arduino Maiuri ... (story) (as Dino Maiuri) and
Massimo De Rita ... (story)
Sauro Scavolini ... (screenplay) and
Gianfranco Calligarich ... (screenplay) and
Lina Wertmüller ... (screenplay) (as Lina Wertmuller) and
Sergio Sollima ... (screenplay)

Produced by

Arrigo Colombo ... producer (as Harry Colombo)
Giorgio Papi ... producer (as George Papi)

Music by

Ennio Morricone

Cinematography by

Aldo Tonti

Film Editing by

Nino Baragli

Art Direction by

Franco Fumagalli

Makeup Department

Iolanda Conti ... hair stylist (as Jolanda Conti)
Rocchetti ... wig maker
Mario Van Riel ... makeup artist

Production Management

Alfredo Di Santo ... assistant production manager
Piero Donati ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Fabrizio Gianni ... assistant director

Art Department

Giuseppe Aldrovandi ... assistant set designer (as Giuseppe Aldorvandi)
Francesco Bronzi ... set designer
Giacomo Calò Carducci ... assistant set designer

Sound Department

Aldo De Martino ... sound (as Aldo De Martini)
Gaetano Testa ... assistant sound

Camera and Electrical Department

Luciano Tonti ... camera operator

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Giulio Coltellacci ... costumes: Jill Ireland

Music Department

Ennio Morricone ... conductor
Bruno Nicolai ... conductor

Other crew

Alberto De Stefani ... production accountant
Rémy Julienne ... supervisor of racing cars
Bona Magrini ... script girl
Cesare Barbetti ... voice dubbing: Umberto Orsini (uncredited)
Maria Pia Di Meo ... voice dubbing: Jill Ireland (uncredited)
Arturo Dominici ... voice dubbing: Ray Saunders (uncredited)
Pino Locchi ... voice dubbing: Charles Bronson (uncredited)
Glauco Onorato ... voice dubbing: George Savalas (uncredited)
Alessandro Sperli ... voice dubbing: Michel Constantin (uncredited)
Enzo Tarascio ... voice dubbing: Telly Savalas (uncredited)
Massimo Turci ... voice dubbing: Benjamin Lev (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines "The Godfather" Gave You an Offer You Couldn't Refuse. "The Family" Gives You No Alternative. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Final Shot (Italy)
  • Ultimo colpo (Italy)
  • The Final Shot (France)
  • La cité de la violence (France)
  • The Final Shot (World-wide, English title)
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  • 100 min
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Trivia This movie had two major American releases in the United States. The first run was distributed by International Co-Productions whilst the second, a wide release, was distributed by United Artists. The film was known as "Violent City" for the first of these releases but was retitled "The Family" for the second. The film's second release in February 1973 had the film's "The Family" title-logo set in white text on black background and in a display font - all similar to The Godfather (1972)'s title logo, that movie having had been released around just a year beforehand. This was to cash-in on that film's success as this Italian movie also involved the mob and family: the inter-relationship between a hit-man, a mob boss and their shared love interest. This movie's title has reverted to "Violent City" for its DVD release in English speaking territories. The "Violent City" title of this picture is a literal English translation of its original Italian title which is "Città Violenta". 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Shooting Violent City (2001). See more »
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 »
Quotes Al Weber: You like my place? It costs more than an aircraft carrier,
Al Weber: but I had to have it.
[pushes button, and giant mural disappears to reveal indoor swimming pool]
Al Weber: I've got a very, very demanding wife. You know something, before she'd marry me, I had to buy her a million dollar country place.
[she is swimming naked in the pool]
Al Weber: Hey, I'm not complaining. She earned it long before the honeymoon was even over.
Al Weber: You've got a lot of style.
[she gets out and Jeff sees that it's Vanessa]
Al Weber: You know something, Jeff, I'm not a novice, I've been around, but I will tell you something. She showed me more surprises, I mean, very, very pleasant ones.
[as Jeff looks at her]
Al Weber: Oh, oh, I forgot, you knew her. She used to run around with you a couple of years ago, right, and then she dumped you for this guy Coogan when he got his inheritance. It's all right, Jeff, I squared it for you. I mean, she dumped him too, and quickly, the minute she met me. Hey, you were smart to let her go. I mean, she's too... she's too lively. No, you're young, you'd have taken it too badly. As for me, as far as I'm concerned, when she goes off on one of these escapades, you know, I'm... relieved, I'm an old man, I gotta rest every now and then. Oh, women, they're so beautiful, you know, they could be the biggest boors in the world, and yet, they insist on... propriety, and keeping up appearances. When she goes off on these romantic weekends, then she knows that if I object, she wouldn't move an inch, and yet, she comes back, and she starts these... these scenes, telling all these lies, twenty years old is the tale. Ah. You know, in her own way, I think she's... she's a great artist. Come on, let's drink, let's drink... let's drink to the talents of my wife.
Jeff Heston: I told you I wasn't thirsty.
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