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Day of Violence (1977)

Operazione Kappa: sparate a vista (original title)
Two violent rapists taking people hostage in a restaurant and dealing with the cops outside.


Luigi Petrini


Luigi Petrini




Cast overview, first billed only:
Mario Cutini Mario Cutini ... Paolo
Marco Marati Marco Marati ... Arbelli
Maria Pia Conte ... Ostaggia
Patricia Pilchard Patricia Pilchard ... Rossana
Mario Bianchi Mario Bianchi ... Ispettore Aldobrandi (as Mario Antoni)
Maria Francesca Maria Francesca ... Barbara (as Daria Norman)
Linda Sini ... Isabella
Edmondo Tieghi Edmondo Tieghi ... Nonno
Agnes Kalpagos Agnes Kalpagos ... Rita
Pino Lorin Pino Lorin ... Ragazzo di Rossana
Piero Mazzinghi Piero Mazzinghi ... Conte Camillo di Valleombrosa
Viviana Polic Viviana Polic ... Beatrice
Ely Galleani ... Ragazza americana
Selvaggia Di Vasco Selvaggia Di Vasco ... Anna
Daniele Dublino ... Marito di Rita


In Rome Arbelli, who made occasional friendship with the commoner Paolo, tells him that he was unable to own Anna, his girlfriend. Having gone to her apartment after a party, the two young men rape her and kill a woman who was trying to help her. Chased by the police, the two kidnap around fifteen customers in a restaurant attached to the Hotel Continental; then they blackmail Commissioner Aldovrandi, who rushed and besieged the building, asking for a billion in gold bars, a car and a plane to escape. The official, while asking for time until dawn of the following day, prepares a marksman chosen in a suitable place. In the hours that follow, Paolo is moved by the sensible words of a single woman; but Arbelli becomes increasingly fierce.

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Action | Crime | Thriller


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Rome takes drugs in psychic defence
27 September 2018 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

At first I was all ready to hate this film because it starts out with two nihilistic Roman youths getting all arsey about life and taking it out on everyone in a barrage of rape and murder, but then it kind of drops all that and becomes a hostage drama, redeeming itself in the process. Kind of.

Paolo is the strong, fearless part of the duo who control the unstable Giovanni. They both meet at a boring party where Giovanni has just failed to get a woody with his girlfriend and Paolo has been turfed out for trying to bed the house-owner's daughter. For some reason they get it into their heads that they aren't taking any crap from anyone any more, and start off proving how brave they are by house-invading Giovanni's girlfriend's house, raping her (off-screen thankfully), and accidentally killing her neighbour.

Once they find that they are wanted men, Giovanni wants to bail on the whole deal but Paolo talks him into one last heist in order to get cash to escape abroad. None of that makes much sense but judging by the way Giovanni starts hopping about like a kangaroo I'm guessing neither of them are particularly smart The two of them then assault a couple of hippies (in 1977? What's going on there?), get some guns, and finally get to a restaurant where they hold everyone hostage and demand a ransom.

From here on in it's Dog Day Afternoon, Italian style as we get to meet the various hostages, including a young lady who shows no fear whatsoever with the two robbers whatsoever, a young man who might regretting being too brave, and a pregnant Ely Galleani. Various drama unfolds while the police try and negotiate with the two youngsters.

Some people like it, some people don't. I'm in the middle. I like more action in my films and less woman threatening. I suppose it was saying something about something, but...etc.

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Release Date:

22 June 1977 (Italy) See more »

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Day of Violence See more »

Filming Locations:

Tirrenia, Tuscany, Italy

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Filmday Productions See more »
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Color (Telecolor)

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1.85 : 1
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