Syndicate Sadists: 70s Italian Crime

Film Title

Il giustiziere sfida la città (1975)

Synopsis

Tomás Milián plays a biker. A biker called RAMBO!

Director

Umberto Lenzi

Cast

Tomás Milián
Joseph Cotten
María Fiore
Mario Piave

RAMBO!!!

Manhunt / The Italian connection: 70s Italian Crime

Film Title

La mala ordina (1972)

Synopsis

Plexiglas is no match against Milanese foreheads.

Director

Fernando Di Leo

Cast

Mario Adorf
Henry Silva
Woody Strode
Adolfo Celi
Luciana Paluzzi

Pimping ain’t no easy business

Gravity

Film Title

Gravity (2013)

Synopsis

Female astronaut gathers the courage to survive a space disaster thanks to male astronaut’s appraisals of her preciousness. Really.

Director

Alfonso Cuarón

Cast

Sandra Bullock
George Clooney
The Mooninites

Not the most important thing in your life right now.

Violent Rome: 70s Italian crime

Film Title

Violent Rome / Roma violenta (1975)

Synopsis

Angry cop goes “grrr” too many times, joins the private sector for free.

Director

Marino Girolami

Cast

Maurizio Merli
Richard Conte
Silvano Tranquilli
Ray Lovelock
John Steiner

Mustache Kills

Street law: 70s Italian crime

Film Title

Street law / Il cittadino si ribella (1974)

Synopsis

Armchair vigilante discovers that payback comes at a price.

Director

Enzo G. Castellari

Cast

Franco Nero
Giancarlo Prete
Barbara Bach
Renzo Palmer
Romano Puppo

Gutter justice.

Live like a cop die like a man: 70s Italian crime

Film Title

Live like a cop, die like a man / Uomini si nasce, poliziotti si muore (1976)

Synopsis

Being a fascist dick is fun. Almost as much as having one.

Director

Ruggero Deodato

Cast

Marc Porel
Ray Lovelock
Adolfo Celi
Silvia Dionisio
Franco Citti

Or the other way around.

Contraband: 70s Italian Crime

Film Title

Contraband / Luca il contrabbandiere (1980)

Synopsis

What’s your least favorite country?

Director

Lucio Fulci

Cast

Fabio Testi
Ivana Monti
Marcel Bozzuffi
Saverio Marconi

For a few Malboros more…

The Violent Professionals: 70s Italian Crime

Film Title

The violent professionals / Milano trema: la polizia vuole giustizia (1973)

Synopsis

Fascist cop turns commie after using fascist methods to bust an anarchist gang that turned out to be fascist

Director

Sergio Martino

Cast

Luc Merenda
Richard Conte
Silvano Tranquilli
Carlo Alighiero
Martine Brochard

Car chases will always trump political violence

Rabid Dogs: 70s Italian Sleaze Cinema

Film Title

Rabid Dogs AKA Kidnapped -Cani Arrabbiati - 1974

Synopsis

A robbery turns into a kidnapping leading to a steady tension punctuated by the odd murder.

Director

Mario Bava

Cast

Riccardo Cucciolla: Riccardo
Don Backy: Bisturi (Blade)
Lea Lander: Maria

Despite the ultra-low budget and a troubled post production history, this is a nasty little gem and one of Mario Bava’s crowning achievements, not to mention, one of the best poliziotteschi films ever made.

Beast With A Gun – 70s Italian Crime Film

Film Title

Beast With A Gun/La Belva Col Mitra

Synopsis

A prison escapee races to put stitches in snitches before a police inspector can catch him.

Director

Sergio Grieco

Cast

Helmut Berger: Nanni Vitali
Marisa Mell: Giuliana Caroli
Richard Harrison: Comm. Giulio Santini
Marina Giordana: Carla Santini

Beast With A Gun is one of the films featured on a TV screen in Jackie Brown, so before watching it I wondered why it wasn’t included among the classics of the genre.