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Street Law (1974)

Il cittadino si ribella (original title)
Carlo Antonelli, an engineer from Genoa, gets mugged and decides to take justice into his own hands. At first the muggers seem to get the upper hand, but then he's helped by Tommy, a young robber who takes his side.


Enzo G. Castellari


Massimo De Rita (story), Dino Maiuri (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Franco Nero ... Carlo Antonelli
Giancarlo Prete ... Tommy
Barbara Bach ... Barbara
Renzo Palmer ... Police Inspector
Nazzareno Zamperla ... Carlo's Assailant with Beard
Massimo Vanni ... Carlo's Assailant with Unibrow
Romano Puppo ... Ringleader of Carlo's Assailants
Renata Zamengo Renata Zamengo ... Cavallo
Franco Borelli Franco Borelli ... Borelli
Mauro Vestri Mauro Vestri ... Bar Italia Bartender
Luigi Antonio Guerra Luigi Antonio Guerra ... Gianni Rubei (as Luigi Guerra)
Adriana Facchetti Adriana Facchetti ... Bum


Carlo Antonelli, an engineer from Genoa, gets mugged and decides to take justice into his own hands. At first the muggers seem to get the upper hand, but then he's helped by Tommy, a young robber who takes his side.

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All of the interiors in the film were shot before the exteriors, so the wounds on Franco Nero's face were invented before the actual beating had been shot. They later had to coordinate the beating to match the makeup he had had on while shooting the interiors. See more »


After two young thugs hit Franco Nero's car and threaten him, a boom mike is reflected in their car as they drive off. See more »


Tommy: [Tommy felt unconscious and almost bleed to death, after being shot by the group of muggers] Hah, we made it... We got rid of them.
Carlo Antonelli: Hah, you bet your ass.
Tommy: [Carlo put unconscious Tommy aside from the bulldozer] The garage. I deserve... my down payment, huh?
Carlo Antonelli: You sure do. We are going to open the biggest garage of all time. You'll be famous. Big Tommy, a real personality, and all the girls will come to your garage just to see Big Tommy!
Tommy: [still straining] Jesus... What a big garage you found...
Carlo Antonelli: Yeah.
Tommy: It's ...
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Alternate Versions

German VHS version was heavily cut/reedited and runs ca. 74 min (PAL). See more »

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Not the typical vigilante film
19 May 2010 | by gareth633See all my reviews

A bit different to the usual vigilante films, half expected something like Death Wish, the Exterminator or The Big Racket (Which are all great films by the way) and instead it's something a bit more realistic and well thought out. Maybe the action sequences should have been more evenly spread through the film though. What makes it different to the other films is the main character doesn't wipe out hundreds of punks, it is more a story of his calculated revenge and builds it's story up more steadily. Franco Nero plays the most haphazard, cack-handed vigilante ever but is great in the role, certainly more expressive than Robert Ginty in the Exterminator. Not that that's difficult mind. His character is obsessed with revenge and it is well portrayed. It is easy to sympathise with his character and it is engrossing watching him get his revenge. Nero does a lot of his own stunts too including some great stuff with him getting chased and knocked down by a Ford Mustang in slo mo. How he didn't get killed or crippled is incredible.

Talking of cars poor Franco has to make do with an Austin Allegro through most of the film.

Anyway to summarise a good solid well acted film, quite violent, great music score, very well staged action sequences and satisfying climax.

Very much worth a watch.

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English | Italian

Release Date:

13 February 1976 (USA) See more »

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Street Law See more »

Filming Locations:

Genoa, Liguria, Italy See more »

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1.85 : 1
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