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The Big Racket (1976)

Il grande racket (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 12 August 1976 (Italy)
Nico Palmieri is a police inspector who battles against hoodlums terrorising a sleepy Italian village, extorting cash from the locals.

Director:

Enzo G. Castellari

Writers:

Dino Maiuri (story) (as Arduino Maiuri), Massimo De Rita (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fabio Testi ... Nico Palmieri
Vincent Gardenia ... Pepe
Renzo Palmer ... Luigi Giulti
Orso Maria Guerrini ... Giovanni Rossetti
Glauco Onorato ... Mazzarelli
Marcella Michelangeli ... Marcy
Romano Puppo ... Doringo
Antonio Marsina ... Giovanni Giuni
Sal Borgese ... Salvatore Velasci (as Salvatore Borgese)
Joshua Sinclair ... Rudy (as Gianluigi Loffredo)
Daniele Dublino ... Commissioner
Anna Zinnemann Anna Zinnemann ... Anna Rossetti (as Anna Bellini)
Edy Biagetti Edy Biagetti ... Chief
Salvatore Billa ... Fabrizi
Giovanni Bonadonna ... Cuomo
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Nico Palmieri is a police inspector who battles a criminal gang terrorising a sleepy Italian town, extorting cash from the local merchants. With the threat of violence, no one dares to act, except for a restaurant owner who is forced by Palmieri to tell the truth. As a result, the owner's young daughter is raped, and the violence continues. Discovering that the gang is associated with drug dealers, Palmieri is forbidden to continue investigating his case by his superior - so he takes matters into his own hands. Palmieri recruits a couple of men who have become victims of the gang and sets out for a bloody revenge. Written by Anonymous

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Someone's gonna pay...


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Trivia

Even though American actor Vincent Gardenia spoke Italian fluently, all of his lines in the film - which was shot in Italian - were dubbed by an Italian actor. See more »

Goofs

Luigi loads a fresh clip into his MP-40 but does not chamber a round before he shoots himself. See more »

Quotes

Luigino: [gesturing with a doll he is holding to the storekeeper] Is this the kind that makes water?
Storekeeper: Yes, everything, it's the latest model from Japan.
Luigino: One of these days they'll make one that bleeds real blood... when you cut its throat!
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Alternate Versions

The film was rejected for a UK cinema certificate in 1977 by the BBFC. It was finally released on DVD in 2002 after 14 secs of cuts for 'violent rape focusing on forcible breast exposure and female nudity'. See more »

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A must if you like the works of Enzo G. Castellari and Fabio Testi.
25 January 2016 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Ever studly Fabio Testi stars as dedicated police detective Nico Palmieri in this Eurocrime action picture. Nico is determined to bust the pesky thugs running an aggressive protection racket. Soon, these creeps are moving on to other crimes like drug running, rape, and murder. Nico will let nothing stop him from attaining his goal.

In the later portions of "The Big Racket", the story turns into the always appealing scenario in which one or more characters assemble a group of specialists for a mission. Among those recruited by Nico are men who've been impacted personally by the activities of the bad guys.

Director Enzo G. Castellari could always move from genre to genre with ease, and here he creates a stylish - if somewhat overlong - movie that benefits the most from some enthusiastic performances by the actors playing the antagonists. One of them is a gleeful young woman who enjoys dispensing punishment just as much as her male counterparts.

There's an engaging, meaty role for American actor Vincent Gardenia, as ageing criminal Pepe. While it's always a treat to see him in anything, it's not terribly satisfying to hear someone elses' voice coming out of his mouth. Although he was fluent in Italian, he was dubbed for both the Italian and English language versions. Renzo Palmer is likewise effective as store owner Giulti, who seeks vengeance on behalf of his daughter. Italian genre cinema buffs will also recognize Joshua Sinclair and Romano Puppo.

Noteworthy for a sometimes very sleazy approach (more than one female gets raped), a respectable amount of squib use and violence, well executed action, and an atmospheric score by Guido & Maurizio De Angelis.

Well worth a look for Eurocrime fans.

Seven out of 10.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

12 August 1976 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Cinemaster S.r.l. See more »
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