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Death Rage (1976)

Con la rabbia agli occhi (original title)
A retired hit-man decides to take one last job to avenge the murder of his brother by a mafia gang. An eager would-be mobster helps him.

Director:

Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony M. Dawson)

Writers:

Pierluigi Andreani (story), Leila Buongiorno (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Yul Brynner ... Peter Marciani
Massimo Ranieri ... Angelo
Barbara Bouchet ... Anny
Martin Balsam ... Commissario
Giacomo Furia Giacomo Furia ... Brigadiere Cannavale
Sal Borgese ... Vincent
Loris Bazzocchi Loris Bazzocchi ... Pasquale
Rosario Borelli Rosario Borelli ... Gallo's henchman
Luigi Bonos ... Peppiniello (as Luigi Williams)
Renzo Marignano Renzo Marignano ... Doctor
Giancarlo Sbragia ... Gennaro Gallo
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Storyline

When a mobster is assassinated in Naples by the gangsters of Gennaro Gallo, the retired hit-man Peter Marciani learns that Gallo was the responsible for the murder of his brother. He travels from New York to Italy to revenge his brother and he hires the smalltime crook Angelo to work for him. Angelo introduces Peter to the dancer Anny and they have a love affair. Meanwhile the Italian police inspector unsuccessfully tries to anticipate Peter's move. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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First, "DEATH WISH", Now... See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Final film appearance of Yul Brynner. See more »

Quotes

Peter Marciani: [as the henchman puts a gun to his head] If I were you, I'd shoot.
Gallo's henchman: You're worth double alive.
Peter Marciani: If I were you, I'd still shoot!
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The Shadow Of The Killer
Written and Performed by Guido De Angelis and Maurizio De Angelis
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Death Radgey
31 July 2018 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

Yul Brynner's last film before giving up cinema for the stage, and it's a Naples based crime film directed by Antonio Margheretti. I wonder if that's what put him off.

In New York, Yul is informed by a local mob boss that the guy who killed his brother is now located in Naples, where an American mobster has just been gunned down by the same guy. Yul heads off there for revenge, and recruits a small time crooks called Angelo (who really wants to be in the big leagues) as his eyes and ears. Angelo also introduces Yul to stripper Barbara Bouchet, who immediately falls in love with the fifty-six year old guy who looks like a peanut.

Yul's character also has a reputation of being a hard-ass contract killer, and his running about in broad daylight wasting mobsters draws the attention of cop Martin Balsam, who intends to either use him to destroy the local mob, or at least get Yul killed so he gets some sort of result. I wasn't quite sure to be honest.

Yul also has this strange affliction where, under stress, his vision goes all red and he flashes back to his brother being killed. It's never really explained but I guess it does have something to do with the plot so we'll just let it slide for now.

The main storyline focuses more on Yul's relationship with Bouchet, and his mentoring of Angelo as a contract killer. Will Barbara change Yul's mind about being a cold-blooded killer, or will Yul's cold blooded killing put Angelo off a life of crime? You'll have to sit through a lot of cold-blooded killing to find out!

The De Angelis brother supply a very funky but melancholy soundtrack that adds to the general bitter atmosphere that'll stick with you. For years this was one of the easier Eurocrime films to find as it was in the public domain. I've now watched the complete version and if you track down the shortened free version you don't miss out on much anyway. Good stuff.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

3 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Reckoning See more »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy See more »

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Production Co:

Giovine See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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