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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.

Director:

Enzo G. Castellari

Writers:

Massimo De Rita (story), Arduino Maiuri (screenplay) (as Dino Maiuri)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Franco Nero ... Carlo Antonelli
Giancarlo Prete ... Tommy
Barbara Bach ... Barbara
Renzo Palmer Renzo Palmer ... Police Inspector
Nazzareno Zamperla 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
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Storyline

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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Country:

Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

13 February 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Street Law See more »

Filming Locations:

Genoa, Liguria, Italy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Capital Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technospes)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On the commentary for the Blue-Underground DVD release, Director/Blue-Underground president William Lustig told director Enzo G. Castellari that "Il Cittadino si rubella" was the inspiration for his film Vigilante (1982). They both started laughing because "Il Cittadino si rubella" was retitled "Vigilante II" when released on video in the United Kingdom. This means the film that inspired the other illogically became its "sequel." See more »

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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 »

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Featured in Street Law: Laying Down the Law (2006) See more »

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Best of the "Revenge Flick" Subgenre
29 October 2015 | by adrianswinglerSee all my reviews

The comments largely have it right, though not always the right conclusion. Many said, "not the usual revenge flick", and a few of the less sentient commentators dissed Franco Nero's performance. Put it all together and that's precisely why this gets 8/10 from me. MUCH better than anything Charles Bronson did, and I think better than a lot of the Spaghetti Western "revenge" movies. Nero's character isn't invincible. He's not even very good at it. But that gives it a realism that owes more to Italian horror films than to the westerns. Perhaps that's why Barbara Bach is in it. Could have changed her name...

Very much a period piece, if it seems a bit much at times, you need to read up on what Italian society was like when this was filmed. A strike every other day, a bombing on the off days, petty crime rampant, sex drugs and rock 'n roll everywhere, police on the take, mafia shakedowns about anywhere, kidnappings, extortion... If you're not going to make a primo revenge flick in that milieu, I guess you never will. The Italian title is more descriptive. "A Citizen who Rebels".


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