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Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man (1976)

Uomini si nasce poliziotti si muore (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 11 March 1976 (Italy)
Fred and Tony are members of an elite 'special squad' of police in Rome, Italy, who are licenced-to-kill, undercover cops who thrive on living dangerously.

Director:

Ruggero Deodato

Writers:

Fernando Di Leo (story), Alberto Marras (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marc Porel ... Fred
Ray Lovelock ... Tony
Adolfo Celi ... Captain
Franco Citti ... Rudy
Silvia Dionisio ... Norma
Marino Masé ... Rick
Renato Salvatori ... Pasquini
Sergio Ammirata Sergio Ammirata ... Sergeant
Bruno Corazzari ... Morandi
Daniele Dublino ... Corrupt Cop
Sofia Dionisio ... Lina Pasquini (as Flavia Fabiani)
Tom Felleghy Tom Felleghy ... Major
Margherita Horowitz Margherita Horowitz ... Mona
Gina Mascetti Gina Mascetti ... Maricca
Marcello Monti Marcello Monti ... 3rd kidnapper
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Fred and Tony are members of an elite 'special squad' of police in Rome, Italy, who are licenced-to-kill, undercover cops who thrive on living dangerously.

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

11 March 1976 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A sequel was originally planned, but ended up being scraped due to Marc Porel and Ray Lovelock not getting along. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ob's stürmt oder schneit (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Won't Take Too Long
Written by Fraser & Ruggero Deodato
Performed by Ray Lovelock
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8 May 2018 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

This film is so manly I grew a third testicle just watching it! Here's a film where men are men, bad guys get a bullet between the eyes just for thinking about committing crime, and women are for shagging and doing the filing. Either director Deodato is taking the piss here, or this is the kind of Eurocrime film that definitely would be accused of being a bit fascist.

Marc Porel and Ray Lovelock are two young coppers who trust each other so much they share a flat, ride tandem on a motorbike, and make inappropriate sexual remarks to their bosses' secretary. They also love a bit of police brutality, as seen when they get involved in a motorbike chase at the start of the film (two robbers try and steal a purse from a woman who won't let it go, even though she's dragged along the road into a lamppost and has her face stomped). After a lengthy, exciting chase, they cause the robbers to crash, and Marc finishes one off by breaking his neck.

Their boss Adolfo Celi seems to put up with their antics, even if he doesn't agree with them. They are all after Mr Big, some guy called Pasquali, and have just set up a special squad in order to track him down, but when the guy who gets eaten by a ridiculous giant alien in the film Contamination gets gunned down, it gives our fellas an excuse to go and shag the bad guy's sister! These guys are so close that Ray Lovelock doesn't sloppy seconds after Marc Porel is finished! Nothing says masculine than not being bothered about stirring another man's custard.

I'm sure this must be some sort of parody but then it's hard to tell in Italian cinema. Every criminal who comes up against the two cops gets killed, including a gang just about to rob a bank (six executions on the streets before a crime's committed?) and remarkably sexist even for an Italian film, plus all the subtle hints that the two cops might be gay. The most telling scene is at the start when the robbers run over a guide dog and everyone just leaves the poor blind guy standing in the middle of the road.

Who knows? I enjoyed it anyway. Bruno Corazzari gets his eyeball poked out too.


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