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Violent City (1975)

Roma violenta (original title)
A detective sick and tired of the rampant crime and violence in his city, and constantly at odds with his superiors, is finally kicked out of the department for a "questionable" shooting of... See full summary »

Director:

Marino Girolami (as Franco Martinelli)

Writers:

Vincenzo Mannino (screenplay), Vincenzo Mannino (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurizio Merli ... Commissario Betti
Richard Conte ... Lawyer Sartori
Silvano Tranquilli ... Capo della Squadra mobile
Ray Lovelock ... Biondi
John Steiner ... Franco Spadoni 'Chiodo'
Daniela Giordano ... Lover of Betti
Attilio Duse Attilio Duse ... Mar. Antinori
Giuliano Esperati Giuliano Esperati ... De Rossi
Marcello Monti Marcello Monti ... The Chink
Consalvo Dell'Arti Consalvo Dell'Arti ... Violante
Luciano Rossi ... Delivery Man
Pippo Pollaci Pippo Pollaci ... Pollaci
Marco Stefanelli Marco Stefanelli ... Bus Robber
Brunello Chiodetti Brunello Chiodetti ... Santini
Ruggero Diella Ruggero Diella ... Boy Killed on Bus
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A detective sick and tired of the rampant crime and violence in his city, and constantly at odds with his superiors, is finally kicked out of the department for a "questionable" shooting of a vicious criminal. However, he is soon approached by a representative for a group of citizens who themselves are fed up with what they see as criminals going unpunished, and they make him an offer he may very well not refuse. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Final film of Richard Conte. See more »

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Reflected on the windshield on one occasion, during the car chase. See more »

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Betti Blue - 40°3 al mattino
25 July 2016 | by radiobirdmaSee all my reviews

In autumn 1974, High Crime was a monster hit for the Italian movie industry, but neither superstar Franco Nero nor director Enzo G. Castellari were available for a follow-up cash-in. So the producer of Roma Violenta rang up Maurizio Merli, who had already impersonated Nero in the Jack London rip-off White Fang to the Rescue, and teamed him up with Castellari's papa (!) Marino Girolami. The first part of the Commissario Betti trilogy, a fierce and ferocious vigilante opera, has the rawest, most unleashed feel of the remorseless triptych – followed by the bigger budgeted, slicker and more generic Napoli Violenta and the utterly bleak Italia a Mano Armata – and delivers all the nasty way to hell, culminating quite early in a high class car chase involving an Alfa Romeo Giulia Super 1600 and a BMW 1800. Despite the loose, vignette-esque script by Vincenzo Mannino, Roma Violenta is spot-on throughout, with Merli – who actually considered himself superior to Nero – doing his Italian job with a somber, easy-to-underestimate bravura that serves as the single anchor in the widening gyre of the inferno. Sure, that's crypto-fascist dirt, a shame for a country that got rid of the Duce only three decades before, the most successful poliziottesco ever, and a tightly entertaining affair summarized best in the timeless words of N.Y. punk rockers Ed Gein's Car: "I've got five dollars for each of you/ And a bullet in the back/ Boo f*ckin' hoo."


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

13 August 1975 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Violent Rome See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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