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The Climber (1975)

L'ambizioso (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Thriller | 18 February 1975 (Italy)
A young American in Italy who aspires to be a career criminal starts out working for a big gangster, but for some reason he gets beaten and banished from the gang. Determined to take revenge, he starts over and begins rising to the top.

Director:

Pasquale Squitieri

Writers:

Carlo Rivolta (story), Pasquale Squitieri (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joe Dallesandro ... Aldo, the Climber
Stefania Casini ... Luciana
Benito Artesi Benito Artesi ... Ciriaco
Ferdinando Murolo Ferdinando Murolo ... Carlo
Raymond Pellegrin ... Don Enrico
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Askin Tony Askin ... Frenchman
Leopoldo Buondonno Leopoldo Buondonno
Giovanni Cianfriglia Giovanni Cianfriglia ... Gianni
Angelo Corrieri Angelo Corrieri
Paolo De Lucia Paolo De Lucia
Ugo Donadio Ugo Donadio
Bernard Farber Bernard Farber ... (as Bernard Faber)
Antonella Fasano Antonella Fasano
Ranieri Ferrara Ranieri Ferrara
Marcello Filotico Marcello Filotico ... Night Clu Owner
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A young American in Italy who aspires to be a career criminal starts out working for a big gangster, but for some reason he gets beaten and banished from the gang. Determined to take revenge, he starts over and begins rising to the top.

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Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

18 February 1975 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Climber See more »

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Production Co:

Laser Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 66023 delivered on 7-2-1975. See more »

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Inspiration for Scarface
4 January 2016 | by FalconeerSee all my reviews

Here it is, the movie that inspired Bryan DePalma's "Scarface," and when you see "L'ambizioso" you will recognize it immediately. The story is the same, changing only the locales. Aldo, played by cult actor Joe Dallesandro in possibly his biggest role, is a New York born, small time criminal, who comes to Naples to make a name for himself. He goes from a small time gig of hawking black market cigarettes, and methodically claws his way to the top of the criminal underworld, after being betrayed by a colleague. The story arc is the same as DePalma's iconic film, which came a decade later. Filled with action, bloody shootouts, and searing drama, this is one epic movie. Little-known director Pasquale Squitieri made a series of these gangster movies, and they are all brilliant. This guy really knew his stuff. He seemed to have an understanding for bad guys as he tells the story always from their point of view. and he makes us sympathize with them, and even have immense respect for them. Which is why these movies might not be appropriate for young, impressionable minds. For fans of crime cinema and Italian mafia films, "L'ambizioso" is required viewing, and is worth tracking down.


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