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Mean Johnny Barrows (1975)

Johnny Barrows, a G.I, is dishonorably discharged from the army after striking his commanding officer. When he returns home, he is mugged and thrown in jail. Down on his luck and with no ... See full summary »


Fred Williamson




Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Williamson ... Johnny Barrows
Roddy McDowall ... Tony Da Vince
Stuart Whitman ... Mario Racconi
Anthony Caruso ... Don Da Vince (as Tony Caruso)
Luther Adler ... Don Racconi
R.G. Armstrong ... Richard
Elliott Gould ... Prof. Theodore Rasputin Waterhouse
Mike Henry ... Carlo Da Vince
Aaron Banks Aaron Banks ... Capt. O'Malley
Robert Phillips ... Ben (as Bob Phillips)
James Brown ... Police Sergeant
Jenny Sherman ... Nancy
Victor Rogers Victor Rogers ... Tom
Gregory Bach Gregory Bach ... Body Guard
John LaMotta John LaMotta ... Antonio Goti (as Johnny LaMotta)
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Johnny Barrows, a G.I, is dishonorably discharged from the army after striking his commanding officer. When he returns home, he is mugged and thrown in jail. Down on his luck and with no money, he gets a job at a gas station run by a racist jerk. After a while, he beats him up and is thrown in jail again. Shortly after, a mobster hires him as a mafia hit man because of his military training and he now gets caught in the middle of a rival gang war between two families. Written by Jmac1988

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The version released by Code Red is the widescreen version with all 96 minutes intact and it includes Fred Williamson's completely gratuitous nude scene as well as a feature length commentary by Williamson. See more »


Don Da Vince: [Notices the two construction workers have not put up the front sign on their new flower shop] Hey, Carlo! Tell them to hurry up with that sign. It should have been up by now.
Carlo Da Vince: I'll take care of it, papa. Hey, what's taking you assholes so long? What do you think we're paying you, for?
Don Da Vince: Carlo, don't talk dirty! How many times I gotta tell you that? You know I don't like that!
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Crazy Credits

Dedicated to the veteran who traded his place on the front line for a place on the unemployment line. Peace is Hell. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD and Blu-ray issued by Code Red is the 96-minute director's cut that includes differences from the theatrical version released on VHS in the 1980s by Unicorn Video and numerous public domain DVD releases (sourced from the same tape master). The Atlas Films logo is intact at the beginning. The killings in the film last a bit longer. A graphic sex scene between Johnny and Nancy that was cut from the theatrical version. The scene where Johnny calls Nancy from a payphone, telling her the gang war is all over, actually occurs before his final confrontation with O'Malley than after in the theatrical version. Before the landmine explodes on Nancy in the mountains, at the end, there is an ascending helicopter shot of her and Johnny. See more »


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Part improv, part gangster story, part hilarity
31 May 2006 | by curtis-8See all my reviews

I wish someone would put Fred's directorial debut out in a decent widescreen DVD. The pan and scan versions out there now are so tightly cropped that they add a quality of hilarity even when the film is actually hitting some pretty serious notes (the pan and scan job is so bad it is almost like some kind of Austin Powers gag). But that said, I'm sure that much of the film would still be hilariously inept in any aspect ratio. In fact, the climax features THE most unintentionally comical Kung Fu fight ever put to film. I mean how often have you seen an actor start a butt-kicking by suddenly making snake moves with his hands and going "ASsssssssssshhhhhhhhsh sh sh sh"?

But there are some very effective moments as well, especially a brief cameo from Elliot Gould, who must have hit upon VERY hard times in the five years between MASH and this. And the sequence in which Johhny lets loose his anger by blasting and summarily cremating a mob boss almost seems like it's from another, much better, movie.

Anyway, it's a crazy hodgepodge, but I'd still like to see it in the original widescreen. Fred rules!

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English | Italian

Release Date:

27 November 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Peace is Hell See more »

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2.35 : 1
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