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Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Action, Crime | 30 March 2012 (USA)
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A documentary concerning the violent Italian 'poliziotteschi' cinematic movement of the 1970s which, at first glance, seem to be rip-offs of American crime films like DIRTY HARRY or THE ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Franco Nero ... Himself
John Saxon ... Himself
Henry Silva ... Himself
Antonio Sabato ... Himself
Luc Merenda ... Himself
Fred Williamson ... Himself
Richard Harrison ... Himself
Christopher Mitchum ... Himself (as Chris Mitchum)
Enzo G. Castellari ... Himself
Leonard Mann ... Himself
Joe Dallesandro ... Himself
Michael Forest ... Himself
Claudio Fragasso ... Himself
John Steiner ... Himself
Ottaviano Dell'Acqua ... Himself
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A documentary concerning the violent Italian 'poliziotteschi' cinematic movement of the 1970s which, at first glance, seem to be rip-offs of American crime films like DIRTY HARRY or THE GODFATHER, but which really address Italian issues like the Sicilian Mafia and red terrorism. Perhaps even more interesting than the films themselves were the rushed methods of production (stars performing their own stunts, stealing shots, no live sound) and the bleed-over between real-life crime and movie crime. Written by Anonymous

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30 March 2012 (USA) See more »

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Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

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Trivia

The reason for Ottaviano Dell'Acqua having the hairstyle that he does is that his interview was done while he had just finished as Tom Hanks's stunt double in Angels & Demons (2009). His interview was done in the hotel courtyard outside the 2009 Chiller Theater convention in Parsippany, NJ while they were having a retrospective on Italian horror movies. A fellow convention guest and alumnus of Italian horror films, Silvia Collatina was kind enough to act as translator and interpreter during his interview. See more »

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References Counselor at Crime (1973) See more »

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Highly entertaining and informative
25 August 2012 | by jtreadwellemailSee all my reviews

Dealing with the 70s Italian gangster film/rip-off scene, this is a fantastic two hours of interviews mixed with clips mixed with some very original animation segueways, all soundtracked by an authentic superfly soundtrack.

There is a general sense of good fun that runs throughout, even during the chapters that address misogyny and organised crime. Worth watching just for the car chases and scenes of actors genuinely doing their own stunts (the episode with John Saxon and live machine gun rounds is particularly memorable).

You don't need to be a particular fan of exploitation to enjoy this film; in fact its triumph lies in the way in which it weaves its own stories from the recollections of the chief protagonists. Highly recommended.


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