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Il grande racket (1976)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 12 August 1976 (Italy)
Nico Palmieri is a police inspector who battles against hoodlums terrorising a sleepy Italian village, extorting cash from the locals.

Director:

Enzo G. Castellari

Writers:

Enzo G. Castellari (screenplay), Massimo De Rita (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fabio Testi ... Nico
Vincent Gardenia ... Pepe
Renzo Palmer Renzo Palmer ... Giulti
Orso Maria Guerrini ... Rossetti
Glauco Onorato Glauco Onorato ... Mazzarelli
Marcella Michelangeli ... Marcy
Romano Puppo ... Doringo
Antonio Marsina ... Giuni
Sal Borgese ... Velasci (as Salvatore Borgese)
Joshua Sinclair ... Rudy (as Gianluigi Loffredo)
Daniele Dublino ... Commissioner
Anna Zinnemann Anna Zinnemann ... Anna (as Anna Bellini)
Edy Biagetti Edy Biagetti ... Chief
Salvatore Billa ... Fabrizi
Giovanni Bonadonna Giovanni Bonadonna ... Cuomo
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Storyline

Nico Palmieri is a police inspector who battles a criminal gang terrorising a sleepy Italian town, extorting cash from the local merchants. With the threat of violence, no one dares to act, except for a restaurant owner who is forced by Palmieri to tell the truth. As a result, the owner's young daughter is raped, and the violence continues. Discovering that the gang is associated with drug dealers, Palmieri is forbidden to continue investigating his case by his superior - so he takes matters into his own hands. Palmieri recruits a couple of men who have become victims of the gang and sets out for a bloody revenge. Written by Anonymous

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Someone's gonna pay...


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

12 August 1976 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Racket See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinemaster S.r.l. See more »
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Mono

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Color (Telecolor)
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Trivia

Even though American actor Vincent Gardenia spoke Italian fluently, all of his lines in the film - which was shot in Italian - were dubbed by an Italian actor. See more »

Goofs

Luigi loads a fresh clip into his MP-40 but does not chamber a round before he shoots himself. See more »

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Luigino: [gesturing with a doll he is holding to the storekeeper] Is this the kind that makes water?
Storekeeper: Yes, everything, it's the latest model from Japan.
Luigino: One of these days they'll make one that bleeds real blood... when you cut its throat!
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Alternate Versions

The film was rejected for a UK cinema certificate in 1977 by the BBFC. It was finally released on DVD in 2002 after 14 secs of cuts for 'violent rape focusing on forcible breast exposure and female nudity'. See more »

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Castellari's career home run.
15 January 2012 | by coldwaterpdhSee all my reviews

A brilliant addition to the Italian crime genre and sure to capture the heart of any sleaze lover, "The Big Racket" is definitely one of the best in it's class.

Fabio Testi is a knockout as the protagonist, a renegade cop who is out for blood and justice, assembling a team of outcasts to punish the wicked. Plenty of blood and violence adorn this flick, and I recommend a couple of cold Peroni's and a plate to spaghetti for the perfect evening.

All in all, probably my second favorite Castellari effort, second only to "The Inglourious Bastards" but I think "The Big Racket" is technically a BETTER film. No complaints at all here.

10 out of 10, kids.


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