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Rabid Dogs (1974)

Cani arrabbiati (original title)
Following a bungled robbery, three violent criminals take a young woman, a middle-aged man, and a child hostage and force them to drive them outside Rome to help them make a clean escape.

Director:

Mario Bava

Writers:

Alessandro Parenzo (story), Alessandro Parenzo (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Riccardo Cucciolla ... Riccardo
Don Backy ... Bisturi (Blade) (as Aldo Caponi)
Lea Lander ... Maria (Greta Garbo)
Maurice Poli ... Dottore (Doc)
George Eastman ... Trentadue (Thirtytwo) (as Luigi Montefiori)
Erika Dario Erika Dario ... Marisa
Marisa Fabbri ... Maria Sbravati
Luigi Antonio Guerra Luigi Antonio Guerra ... Employee (as Luigi Guerra)
Gustavo De Nardo ... Gas Station Attendant (as Francesco Ferrini)
Emilio Bonucci Emilio Bonucci ... Taxi Driver
Pino Manzari Pino Manzari ... Toll Collector
Ettore Manni ... Bank President
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Storyline

A gang of thieves hijack a man's car after botching their getaway from a robbery. They take a woman prisoner and command the man to drive them to safety. The man must try to cope with the bad situation he is in as well as trying to get help for a sick child that he is caring for. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Lock the doors, rollup the windows, and buckle up ... for the ride of your life!

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

25 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kidnapped See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby SR (version 'Kidnapped')

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Alfredo Leone and the director's son, Lamberto Bava, shot new scenes, changed the ending, and changed the music in 1996, releasing the film under the title of Kidnapped. Both versions are available on DVD. See more »

Goofs

In the Anchor Bay and Arrow Video presentations of the original film, Marisa Fabbri is credited twice (once in the opening credits, and again in the ending credits) while Erika Dario receives no credit. This error does not occur in the original Spera Cinematografica prints, the Lucertola Media DVD or in the "Kidnapped" cut. See more »


Soundtracks

Hold On To Me
(Appears in the 'Kidnapped' version)
Words by Myriann D'Antine
Music by Stelvio Cipriani
Sung by Simona Patitucci
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if only
30 November 2005 | by HEFILMSee all my reviews

If only this film had been finished at the time it was made it certainly would have been a success and allowed Director Bava to make more films in his final years than he was able to. But shaky funding left this in vaults for years. My 10 review applies not to the version that was edited by his son more recently. This version changes a key moment near the end of the film that in effect changes and cheapens the whole film. This is Mario Bava doing a Reservoir Dogs type of film and doing extremely well. Provocative, powerful, a text book example of how with a limited budget you can make something great. It's a nasty film told at a breathless pace and some things in it are still shocking. See the RABID DOGS version if you can. A real eye opening film for fans of Bava who think they know all he could do. Really tragic this is still hard to find but seek it out, especially Film Noir fans will enjoy this.


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