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The Tough Ones (1976)

Roma a mano armata (original title)
R | | Action, Crime, Drama | July 1978 (USA)
A tough, rule-bending cop pursues a maniacal, trigger-happy hunchback, a one-handed bank robber and their cronies in an effort to bring Rome's most powerful crime lord to justice.

Director:

Umberto Lenzi

Writers:

Umberto Lenzi (story), Dardano Sacchetti (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurizio Merli ... Inspector Leonardo Tanzi
Arthur Kennedy ... Superintendent Ruini
Giampiero Albertini Giampiero Albertini ... Commissioner Francesco Caputo
Ivan Rassimov ... Tony Parenzo
Biagio Pelligra Biagio Pelligra ... Savelli
Aldo Barberito Aldo Barberito ... Detective Poliani
Stefano Patrizi ... Stefano
Luciano Pigozzi ... Moretto's Henchman
Luciano Catenacci ... Ferdinando Gerace
Carlo Alighiero Carlo Alighiero ... Savelli's Lawyer
Carlo Gaddi Carlo Gaddi ... Oronzo / Theodore
Claudio Nicastro ... Fence
Valentino Macchi Valentino Macchi ... Franco
Alessandra Cardini Alessandra Cardini ... Sandra Moretto (as Sandra Cardini)
Gabriella Lepori ... Marta Assante
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A tough, rule-bending cop pursues a maniacal, trigger-happy hunchback, a one-handed bank robber and their cronies in an effort to bring Rome's most powerful crime lord to justice.

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Inspector Tanzi makes Dirty Harry look like Mr. Clean! See more »


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Trivia

A mostly complete 35mm print was located and reassembled by the Night Terrors Film Society in Calgary, Canada. Obtained from South Africa, it's thought to be the only remaining 35mm print of the film in existence. See more »

Quotes

Commissioner Leonardo Tanzi: [Holds up a football score card] Is it yours?
Stefano: No, it's your sister's.
Commissioner Leonardo Tanzi: [Beating him up] I'll make you forget women for the rest of your life, damn it! You fucking stupid son of a bitch! I'd like to see you do it again, you know!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are played while the camera in first person view mode (From a criminal's POV) drives through Rome looking at banks and building societies and leaves the city through a long, dark tunnel as the credits end. See more »

Alternate Versions

The American release by Aquarius Distribution entitled "Assault with a Deadly Weapon" is missing the first 10 minutes, the beginning credits, and the ending credits. The American version also has several of the scenes reshot so that the originally Italian words on buildings and on people's notes appear in English. Also, the beginning credits list a variety of made-up Americanized names and credit Terry Levene (the head of Aquarius Distribution) as the film's producer. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cutting 'Doctor Butcher' (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Se l'averebbe saputo (If he'd known)
Composed by Roberto Donati (as Donati) and Fiamma Maglione (as Maglione)
Sung by Fiamma Maglione
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Strangely satisfying, pure cinematic lunacy
17 October 2002 | by chrisdfilmSee all my reviews

I don't know how the uncut Italian version runs, but the American version released by Aquarius under the ASSAULT W/A DEADLY WEAPON title is probably one of the most fastmoving, violently over-the-top Euro crime movies you'll ever see. The closest thing I could compare it to would be Kinji Fukasaku's early 1970s yakuza movies like BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR & HUMANITY series(aka THE YAKUZA PAPERS) with Bunta Sugawara or Kosaku Yamashita's TRUE ACCOUNT OF THE YAMAGUCHI GANG (released here in fastmoving but severely edited form as THE TATTOOED HITMAN). Although not as well written as its Japanese counterparts, Dardanco Sacchetti's screenplay is suitably deranged with Maurizio Merli portraying an apoplectic, hot tempered cop who makes Dirty Harry seem like a flower child. Super charismatic Tomas Milian is stupendous as the wisecracking hunchback psycho villain who occasionally likes to gratuitously machine gun innocent bystanders. My only problem with the English voice dubbing is that they didn't have Milian, who speaks English and dubbed many of his films himself, do his own voice. The guy who does it isn't terrible but it would have definitely added another aura of dementia with Milian's own vocal performance. Also unfortunately whomever the fast buck artists were who released the film here to USA grindhouses back in the 1970s created a completely fictitious credit list for the titles where Merli, Milian and even American movie veteran Arthur Kennedy receive no screen billing whatsoever. A crime! Likewise the adrenaline pumping, nerve pounding score by Franco Micalizzi and Umberto Lenzi's expert direction (this is the best film I've seen by Lenzi by the way) are credited to imaginary persons. Although it has a completely predictable cliche-ridden story, the treatment is fresh, the dialogue memorable (and often hilarious) and the ultra violence and degenerate depravity continous. Strangely satisfying and watchable as only the best of grindhouse cinema can be. As one of the other reviewers asked, where's the DVD release!?


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

July 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Assault with a Deadly Weapon See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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