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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 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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Trivia

First part of police commissioner Betti's trilogy, also including Violent Naples (1976) and A Special Cop in Action (1976). See more »

Goofs

Fresh tire tracks disappear and reappear on the grass during the car chase when the two cars first enter the public park. See more »

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Spectaccollissimo
13 February 2007 | by gadflyzzzSee all my reviews

This is cheap and nasty film making at its best/worst. Sensational, kamikaziesque car chase sequences featuring Fiat 500s are the highlight of this marvelous time capsule from a raunchier, less precious era. Rome in the mid-70s looks grungy, edgy, poor and downbeat -- the perfect backdrop for this "Spaghetti Noir" homage to Eastwood's Inspector Callahan. The Foley-guy goes crazy during laughably excessive fight sequences, each blow delivered with an sickeningly unreal aural crunch. All manner of brutality is explored without shame or pity; no victim is too vulnerable - from aging female bystanders, to the wheelchair-bound. The acting is by turns wooden and hysterical, the extras either homicidal maniacs or their hapless victims. But the real highlights are the car chases, "exhilarating" doesn't do it justice. "Suicidal" comes close. Then again, having lived here for the past couple of years, it could be just another day in Roma traffic.


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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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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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