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Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man (1976)

Uomini si nasce poliziotti si muore (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 11 March 1976 (Italy)
Fred and Tony are members of an elite 'special squad' of police in Rome, Italy, who are licenced-to-kill, undercover cops who thrive on living dangerously.

Director:

Ruggero Deodato

Writers:

Fernando Di Leo (story), Alberto Marras (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marc Porel ... Fred
Ray Lovelock ... Tony
Adolfo Celi ... Captain
Franco Citti ... Rudy
Silvia Dionisio ... Norma
Marino Masé ... Rick
Renato Salvatori ... Pasquini
Sergio Ammirata Sergio Ammirata ... Sergeant
Bruno Corazzari ... Morandi
Daniele Dublino ... Corrupt Cop
Sofia Dionisio ... Lina Pasquini (as Flavia Fabiani)
Tom Felleghy Tom Felleghy ... Major
Margherita Horowitz Margherita Horowitz ... Mona
Gina Mascetti Gina Mascetti ... Maricca
Marcello Monti Marcello Monti ... 3rd kidnapper
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Fred and Tony are members of an elite 'special squad' of police in Rome, Italy, who are licenced-to-kill, undercover cops who thrive on living dangerously.

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This was given a major TV advertising campaign when released in the UK, which was very unusual at the time. See more »

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Won't Take Too Long
Written by Mike Fraser (as Fraser) & Ruggero Deodato (as Deodato)
Performed by Ray Lovelock
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Like Starsky and Hutch on serious amphetamines
4 September 2016 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

Live Like A Cop, Die Like A Man (they sure don't make films with awesome titles like this anymore) is a poliziotteschi directed by none other than Ruggero Deodato, the man who would deliver two of the most uncompromising, relentlessly mean-spirited exploitation movies ever in 1980, namely the still notorious Cannibal Holocaust and the depraved sleaze-fest House On the Edge Of the Park. Deodato was a man who never shied away from extremity in his movies and so it was with some interest I went into this one, particularly seeing as the Italian poliziotteschi genre is one hardly renowned for its restraint or political correctness in the first place. Well, I think it would be only fair to say that Deodato has once again delivered a tough genre film, full of excessive violence. Except in this case, and unlike those two infamous movies I mentioned before, the fun factor is considerably higher here as the levels of mean-spiritedness are noticeably lower.

Aside from Deodato at the helm, this one benefits enormously from having Fernando di Leo as its screenwriter. I think it would be fair to say that di Leo is the king of this particular sub-genre and has several outright classics under his belt as director. His input, therefore, is always going to be a significant bonus. It would probably be fair to say that the screenplay to this one is less thoughtful than the ones he used for his own films but it still nevertheless gets us from A to B in a highly entertaining fashion. This is one of many Italian cop films which followed the basic template laid down by the international hit Dirty Harry (1971), in that it features the use of brutal police tactics used to sort various low-life criminals out. Other Italian films used this idea, such as Umberto Lenzi's Violent Naples (1976) but where that film had one violent cop, this one has two! They go through the picture killing and torturing criminals, endangering the general public and indulging in sexist behaviour at every given opportunity. These guys work for the special squad section of the Rome police department and the film is basically made up of a number of different encounters they have with various criminals.

Events kick off with no messing about with a great extended motorcycle chase through the scenic streets of Rome, later the boys use their special brand of force against violent criminals holding an unfortunate woman hostage in her home, they also take out a group of thieves before they can even attempt to commit the crime in question and later dispatch a variety of gangsters in a quarry shootout. In other words, this is good violent fun, poliziotteschi style. The manner that these cops deliver their unorthodox brand of violent justice is so casually delivered and at no point in proceedings does anyone truly question their methods, aside from the occasional light ticking off from their superior. But let's be honest, it's this complete lack of any political correctness whatsoever that is a significant part of what makes Italian cop thrillers such fun nowadays – they don't make them like this anymore that's for sure! If you could imagine a parallel universe where 'Starsky and Hutch' were nihilistic police officers who blow up cars on purpose, have threesome sex with suspects and break the necks of criminals for the hell of it, then it would be something not far off Live Like A Cop, Die Like A Man. You've just got to love the Italians.


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