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Syndicate Sadists (1975)

Il giustiziere sfida la città (original title)
R | | Action, Crime, Drama | April 1976 (USA)
A biker's brother is killed while investigating the kidnapping of a young boy, the byproduct of a war between two crime families. The biker vows to get revenge by finding the kidnapped boy and destroying the two families.

Director:

Umberto Lenzi

Writers:

Vincenzo Mannino (screenplay), Vincenzo Mannino (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomas Milian ... Rambo
Joseph Cotten ... Paternò
Maria Fiore Maria Fiore ... Maria Scalia
Mario Piave Mario Piave ... Pino Scalia
Luciano Catenacci ... Conti
Guido Alberti Guido Alberti ... Owner of Billiard Salon
Femi Benussi ... Flora
Silvano Tranquilli ... Dr. Marco Marsili
Shirley Corrigan ... Conti's mistress
Antonio Casale ... Philip Duval
Rosario Borelli Rosario Borelli ... One of Paterno's men
Luciano Pigozzi ... One of Conti's men
Mario Novelli ... Franco
Bruno Di Luia Bruno Di Luia ... One of Conti's men
Giuseppe Castellano ... One of Conti's men
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Storyline

A biker's brother is killed while investigating the kidnapping of a young boy, the byproduct of a war between two crime families. The biker vows to get revenge by finding the kidnapped boy and destroying the two families. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

April 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rambo's Revenge See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film predates First Blood (1982), the film which introduced audiences to the John Rambo of David Morrell by seven years. Tomas Milian happened to read David Morrell's novel while flying from the U.S. to Rome. Loving the story he tried to talk some Italian producers into making a film out of it, with him starring as John Rambo. Nothing came of this, but he was allowed to use the Rambo moniker in the next poliziottesco he starred in, Syndicate Sadists (1975). The film does not borrow elements from the novel, with Umberto Lenzi stating he was more influenced by the crime films of Don Siegel. See more »

Quotes

Rambo: Listen, Conti; life is just one hole. You start from a hole, you feed yourself through a hole, you shit from a hole, you finish up in a hole. And the one in this barrel can put you into that last hole.
Conti: I don't believe you'd pull that trigger.
Rambo: The chamber's loaded with dum-dums. If I put one in your brain, they'll have to re-paper the walls.
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Alternate Versions

US unrated DVD misses about two minutes of footage: when the mother of the kidnapped boy comes home and a bunch of reporters await her, Paterno's goons searching for Rambo in a pub, two reaction shots. This omission is also present in the UK Blu-Ray Edition from 88 Films. See more »

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User Reviews

 
doesn't quite live up to its blood an' thunder moniker.
24 January 2014 | by Darkling_ZeistSee all my reviews

Incestuous bedfellows, Umbeto Lenzi and Tomas Milian team up again for the bellicose Cops an' Robbers mash up ' Sydicate Sadists', while this isn't on par with the legendary sleaze-fest 'Almost Human' it still manages to deliver the requisite amount of gonzoid thrills an' spills that fills chat rooms far an wide with gibbering fan boy praise. Plot adheres rigidly to formula; with Milian playing ex-cop biker, Rambo! whose penchant for revenge is most apropos since he is given ample opportunity for bullet spattered, jaw-cracking retribution after he discovers his brother has been killed; which engenders some relentlessly gritty crime funk grooves by veteran Franco Micalizzi, nutbag bike chases, and all manner of ubiquitous Italian crime overkill. All in all 'Syndicate Sadists' is an entertaining, exploitative riff on, Dashiel Hammet's Red Harvest, and Lenzi/Milian heads are unlikely to be disappointed, although it doesn't quite live up to its blood an' thunder moniker.


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