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The Tough Ones (1976)

Roma a mano armata (original title)
R | | Action, Crime, Drama | July 1978 (USA)
A tough, rule-bending cop pursues a maniacal, trigger-happy hunchback, a one-handed bank robber and their cronies in an effort to bring Rome's most powerful crime lord to justice.


Umberto Lenzi


Umberto Lenzi (story), Dardano Sacchetti (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurizio Merli ... Inspector Leonardo Tanzi
Arthur Kennedy ... Vice-Commissioner Ruini
Giampiero Albertini Giampiero Albertini ... Inspector Francesco Caputo
Ivan Rassimov ... Tony Parenzo
Biagio Pelligra Biagio Pelligra ... Savelli
Aldo Barberito Aldo Barberito ... Detective Poliani
Stefano Patrizi ... Stefano
Luciano Pigozzi ... Moretto and Savelli's Henchman
Luciano Catenacci ... Ferdinando Gerace
Carlo Alighiero Carlo Alighiero ... Savelli's Lawyer
Carlo Gaddi Carlo Gaddi ... Oronzo / Theodore
Claudio Nicastro ... Fence
Valentino Macchi Valentino Macchi ... Franco
Alessandra Cardini Alessandra Cardini ... Sandra Moretto (as Sandra Cardini)
Gabriella Lepori ... Marta Assante


A tough, rule-bending cop pursues a maniacal, trigger-happy hunchback, a one-handed bank robber and their cronies in an effort to bring Rome's most powerful crime lord to justice.

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Did You Know?


When Terry Levene distributed this film in the late 1970s, he replaced a few of the establishing shots with those of American locations. For an establishing shot of the Rome youth center where Tanzi meets Stefano, Levine used a shot of the Manhattan nightclub "Fascination". Strangely enough, in the later Umberto Lenzi film From Corleone to Brooklyn (1979) (which also starred Maurizio Merli as an Italian policeman), Merli drives by the club "Fascination" after he arrives in New York. See more »


Fence: No deal, boy. It wouldn't help me in the slightest.
Vincenzo Moretto, 'Il gobbo': Sure it would. I'll bring you luck. Look, make it two and a half and you can touch my hump, huh? Okay? Go on, touch it. It's good luck, really, man!
Fence: Thanks anyhow, but I don't believe in those superstitions.
Vincenzo Moretto, 'Il gobbo': Refusing to touch it brings bad luck.
[shoots him]
Vincenzo Moretto, 'Il gobbo': You should've touched it, shouldn't you?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are played while the camera in first person view mode (From a criminal's POV) drives through Rome looking at banks and building societies and leaves the city through a long, dark tunnel as the credits end. See more »

Alternate Versions

The American release by Aquarius Distribution entitled "Assault with a Deadly Weapon" is missing the first 10 minutes, the beginning credits, and the ending credits. The American version also has several of the scenes reshot so that the originally Italian words on buildings and on people's notes appear in English. Also, the beginning credits list a variety of made-up Americanized names and credit Terry Levene (the head of Aquarius Distribution) as the film's producer. See more »


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Roma Parlaje Tu
From the film Storia de fratelli e de cortelli (1973)
Written by Antonello De Sanctis (as De Santis) and Franco Micalizzi (as Micalizzi)
Sung by Edoardo Vianello (as I Vianella) and Wilma Goich (as I Vianella)
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Italian crime drama released with stars not billed in 1982!
10 October 1999 | by Serpent-5See all my reviews

Terry Levine done it again! He picked up a 1975 italian cop film, edited it down to 79 min, and open it wide in New York in 1982 (or was it 1981). People Magazine even reviewed this film!! Levine failed to mention the stars Arthur Kennedy, Tomas Milian, and little known (in the U.S.) the late action star Maurizio Merli doing the franco Nero role of a cop hellbend on going after the hunchback psycho (Milian). Levine tacked in the movie poster as the begining credit (!) (similar to what he did in MEAN FRANK AND CRAZY TONY, which he failed to mention Tony LoBianco) Kennedy is the only actor not dubbed, and the film just look standard with A to Z script. Milian, who use to get lead good guy roles in Italian film slowly became supporting player playing bad guys. Kennedy looks like he shot this film back to back with KILLER COP. Not recommended, unless the un-cut print runs better.

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Release Date:

July 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Assault with a Deadly Weapon See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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