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Violent City (1970)

Città violenta (original title)
A hitman is double-crossed by his girlfriend and barely escapes a murder attempt. He then sets out to take his revenge on the woman and the gang boss who put her up to it.

Director:

Sergio Sollima

Writers:

Dino Maiuri (story), Massimo De Rita (story) | 4 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Charles Bronson ... Jeff Heston
Telly Savalas ... Al Weber
Jill Ireland ... Vanessa Shelton
Umberto Orsini ... Steve
Michel Constantin ... Killain
Ray Saunders ... Prisoner (as Ray Sanders)
Benjamin Lev Benjamin Lev ... Jeff's Mate
Peter Dane Peter Dane ... Television Host
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After a bloody double-cross leaves him for dead, professional hit man Jeff tracks the shooter and his beautiful mistress to New Orleans. But when Jeff takes both revenge and the woman, he finds himself blackmailed by a powerful crime boss who wants the fiercely independent gunman to join his organization. Jeff refuses, and is hunted through an unforgiving city where love is like a loaded gun and debts of vengeance are paid in bullets. Written by Edwin van Oorschot <info@edwinvanoorschot.nl>

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In a city set to explode, one man has just lit the fuse See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Trivia

Telly Savalas was considered for the role of Edgar Millen in the later Charles Bronson movie Death Hunt (1981) but in the end the part went to Lee Marvin. All three actors had starred in The Dirty Dozen (1967) which was directed by Robert Aldrich who was the original director on Death Hunt (1981) before being replaced by Peter R. Hunt. See more »

Goofs

In the last scene, Jeff is shooting sniper shots, across building tops, from quite a distance at a moving target and through a glass elevator. The rifle, shown, being used is a Ruger 10-22; a .22 caliber semi-auto rifle. At the distance and target, the .22 caliber weapon would be completely ineffective. See more »

Quotes

Vanessa Shelton: [as they witness the thugs beating up their victim] Why is it that whenever I am with you, I always end up in the middle of blood and violence?
Jeff Heston: Well, it happens. The whole city is full of blood and violence. You only see it when you're with me.
[gesturing to where the car is parked]
Jeff Heston: Get in.
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Crazy Credits

The end titles are brief, lasting little more than thirty seconds, accompanied by Ennio Morricone's dramatic theme. The credits run out after a mentioning of a wig supplier. Blank screen. The theme music continues gloriously, till eventual completion. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Anchor Bay DVD version restores eight minutes of footage originally cut by United Artists for the U.S. release. Because these scenes were never dubbed into English, they are presented in their original Italian language with English subtitles. See more »

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Violent City - 1970
9 February 2002 | by cornucopia9See all my reviews

First of all i must admit that i'm a Charles Bronson fan and have been for quite a while. I have seen a lot of his films including all of them made after Violent City. So when i came across the movie being released on DVD and i was still yet to see it, i was quick to buy it. The DVD is presented in a fantastic format (trailer, production and movie stills, 15 minute interview with the director and cast and crew backgrounds). The movie is structured in a very unique way. Being an Italian/French coproduction and filmed largely in New Orleans the film consists of English and Italian dialogue to satisfy both cultures and uses flashback scenes to illustrate what is a very straightforward story of hitmen and mobsters and doublecrossings. The music score is by Ennio Morricone and as expected first rate. The cast is headed by Bronson. He doesn't talk much in this movie, more so than in his other outings and uses more of a physical style of acting with many close ups on his charactaristic face. He does well as usual. Telly Savalas has a small, but important role as the head of his "family". His philosiphies to Bronson are interesting. And Jill Ireland as Vanessa is truly seductive. She has never looked more beautiful than in this movie and you get to see plenty of her in this version. Her acting is not great but not too bad compared to some of her later stuff with her husband. As a whole i wasn't expecting too much but "Violent City" is quite under-rated and does have some very good scenes including a car chase, a sniper scene and the very well done ending. There are no good guys in this movie, but it is truthful. I give it a 7 out of 10, but i don't know if non-Bronson fans would enjoy it as much. I hope they continue to put more of Charlie's films on DVD and done in a similar way. Particularly "Rider On The Rain", "The Mechanic", "The Valachi Papers" and the little known Bronson/Curtis "You Can't Win 'Em All.


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 February 1973 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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