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Violent City (1975)

Roma violenta (original title)
A detective sick and tired of the rampant crime and violence in his city, and constantly at odds with his superiors, is finally kicked out of the department for a "questionable" shooting of... See full summary »


Marino Girolami (as Franco Martinelli)


Vincenzo Mannino (screenplay), Vincenzo Mannino (story)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurizio Merli ... Commissario Betti
Richard Conte ... Lawyer Sartori
Silvano Tranquilli ... Capo della Squadra mobile
Ray Lovelock ... Biondi
John Steiner ... Franco Spadoni 'Chiodo'
Daniela Giordano ... Lover of Betti
Attilio Duse Attilio Duse ... Mar. Antinori
Giuliano Esperati Giuliano Esperati ... De Rossi
Marcello Monti Marcello Monti ... The Chink
Consalvo Dell'Arti Consalvo Dell'Arti ... Violante
Luciano Rossi ... Delivery Man
Pippo Pollaci Pippo Pollaci ... Pollaci
Marco Stefanelli Marco Stefanelli ... Bus Robber
Brunello Chiodetti Brunello Chiodetti ... Santini
Ruggero Diella Ruggero Diella ... Boy Killed on Bus


A detective sick and tired of the rampant crime and violence in his city, and constantly at odds with his superiors, is finally kicked out of the department for a "questionable" shooting of a vicious criminal. However, he is soon approached by a representative for a group of citizens who themselves are fed up with what they see as criminals going unpunished, and they make him an offer he may very well not refuse. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

13 August 1975 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Violent Rome See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Final film of Richard Conte. See more »


Reflected on the windshield on one occasion, during the car chase. See more »


Followed by Violent Naples (1976) See more »

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Commissioner Betti vs. the scum of the earth!
28 January 2015 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Forgive me the immoral and perhaps even inappropriate comparison, but watching a good Poliziotteschi movie from the '70s is like taking the best drug that exists! It's the sensation of one and a half hour adrenalin rushing, all your body's blood getting pumped to the heart at high speed and a delirium in your brains! When I watch a Poliziotteschi flick, and if it's a good one, I always feel revitalized and ablaze afterwards. "Roma Violenta" certainly isn't the greatest movie of its kind, and nearly not even the best Maurizio Merli movie, but even the slightly-less-than-stellar Poliziotteschi efforts are absolute must-sees for cult fanatics and so is this one! "Roma Violenta" is the first entry in a trilogy revolving on protagonist Commissioner Betti. But don't pay too much attention to the chronological order and details of these three separate movies. Personally I watched the first film last it didn't matter one bit. Betti is the only recurring character in the series, but furthermore there is no continuity whatsoever and some actors (like John Saxon and Luciano Rossi) even depict different characters in two different movies. Commissioner Betti is a tough and unorthodox cop in Rome. His heart bleeds as he witnesses how the city streets are infested with criminals and particularly how they always become more violent and relentless due to weak legislations and cunning lawyers. There are pointless assassinations on public buses, bloody bank robberies, supermarket heists, vicious rapes, unhappily ending hostage takings and even police officer annihilation. Betti's pursuing methods are efficient but very borderline, and he regularly comes into conflict with his superiors. When Betti shoots a bank robber in cold blood, after a bloody wild car chase with several casualties including his young partner, he finally loses his cop badge. He isn't unemployed for long, though, as he joins an elite vigilante squad where he can carelessly beat nasty villains' faces to pulp! Hooray! Admittedly the plots of nearly all Poliziotteschi movies are always the same, and you always know they'll feature mandatory car chases, gratuitous nudity and shocking images of innocent people (like nice old ladies or teenagers) getting slaughtered. But the vile truth is that you simply cannot wait to see it happen! Once again the highlight here is a virulent chase, with plenty of awesome Fiat and Simca cars going in severe overdrive, and a few deaths that are almost too brutal to describe (that poor hostage!). "Roma Violenta" doesn't feature such a good soundtrack as usually the case, but acting performances are truly top-notch this time. Maurizio "moustache" Merli is terrific, of course, but there are also great supportive performances from Ricard Conte, Ray Lovelock and John Steiner.

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