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In the Name of Love (1973)

Revolver (original title)
An Italian official decides to take it upon himself to free his wife after she's taken hostage by ruthless criminals.

Director:

Sergio Sollima

Writers:

Arduino Maiuri (screenplay by), Massimo De Rita (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Reed ... Vito Cipriani
Fabio Testi ... Milo Ruiz
Paola Pitagora ... Carlotta
Agostina Belli ... Anna Cipriani
Frédéric de Pasquale Frédéric de Pasquale ... Michel Granier
Marc Mazza Marc Mazza ... Police Inspector
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... French Lawyer (as René Kolldehoff)
Bernard Giraudeau ... Kidnapper
Peter Berling ... Grappa
Alexander Stephan Alexander Stephan ... Jean Daniel (as Gunnar Warner)
Daniel Beretta ... Al Niko
Calisto Calisti Calisto Calisti ... Maresciallo Fantuzzi
Steffen Zacharias Steffen Zacharias ... Joe Lacours (as Steffen Zaccarias)
Michel Bardinet Michel Bardinet
Sal Borgese ... Suicidal Prisoner (as Sal Borghese)
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Storyline

An Italian official's wife is kidnapped, and the kidnappers demand that a notorious prisoner be released in order for the man to get his wife back. He gets the man released--but then kidnaps him himself, in order to ensure that the man's colleagues don't kill his wife. Enraged, the gang sets out to free their compatriot and kill the man who took him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The last battle between crime and the law in every major city in the world. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | France | West Germany

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

November 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In the Name of Love See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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According to a DVD special feature, the crew were told that Oliver Reed would be finishing his scenes on a day four days after what would actually be his last day of filming. This was because crew on the film apparently had scores to settle with him and the false finish date was given to protect him. See more »

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In one scene Fabio Testi's character refers to Paola Pitagora's character as Paola instead of Carlotta. See more »

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Un ami
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Performed by Daniel Beretta
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Great Performances and Score Make the Film
6 August 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Revolver (1973)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Oliver Reed plays Vito Cipriani, a cop turned prison warden who gets a phone call on day telling him that his wife has been kidnapped. If he wants to see his wife again he must help Milo Ruiz (Fabio Testi) escape from prison. The warden and convict manage to get away from the cops but soon they are both trying to figure out who kidnapped the wife.

REVOLVER has two great lead performances as well as a marvelous score by Ennio Morricone but there are all sorts of issues with the screenplay that keep it from being a much better film. I thought the story itself was rather weak and there just wasn't enough here to carry the 110-minute running time, which led the film to running out of gas towards the final act. Unlike a lot of EuroCrime pictures, this one here doesn't have a great amount of action and instead goes for more character development.

I thought the character development was handled quite well and it works because we've got two great actors turning in great performances. Reed is pitch perfect as the warden who soon finds himself willing to turn on his darker side if it means he gets his wife back. I really liked the frantic way Reed played the character and he didn't have to go over the top. Testi gave a very good performance as well and I thought the two had great chemistry together. The screenplay offers both actors some emotional scenes and they both pulled them off wonderfully.

As I said, the performances and the brilliant score make the film worth watching but I really wish there was more to the story than what we got. What action scenes are here are well directed by Sergio Sollima. REVOLVER falls just short of being a good film but it's certainly worth watching.


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