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« Reply #315 on: December 14, 2011, 03:40:22 PM »

Contraband (1980) A Godfather spinoff plotwise, it is well-directed but there's not a single reason to watch it. The final shootdown with the old dons taking matters in hand is ridiculous. 5\10 only because of some female (and halfway, i.e. Ajita Wilson) skin.

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« Reply #316 on: December 14, 2011, 03:46:44 PM »

A Special Cop in Action (1976) This is worth watching for a couple of car chases and only because of those it gets 6\10. Merli is at his worst, just looking at his stony face and punching people made me rofl. Mirella D'Angelo is very pretty, though. And the finale comes unexpected, though unoriginal.

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« Reply #317 on: December 18, 2011, 04:06:33 PM »

From Corleone to Brooklyn (1979) This could be interesting for CJ: lots of NY locales. The story is nothing special, Biagio Pelligra sucks as usual, Merli dubs himself and it's a bit more tolerable than usual. Merola (whom I had the great pleasure of meeting personally, though not introduced to him: didn't care to) looks more of a boss when he's not playing, like here, boss roles. But the rhythm is good some action scene tolerable  and that makes 6\10.

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« Reply #318 on: May 30, 2012, 03:46:51 PM »

The Facts of Murder (1959) This was considered by Germi as the first italian giallo. I don't know if that is correct, but probably no other italian crime movie before was that good. A police procedural, it has maybe too much interiors to suit my taste: still it gets your attention from start to end. 8\10

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« Reply #319 on: July 04, 2012, 05:43:32 PM »

Napoli... la camorra sfida, la cittą risponde (1979) This has the trick of putting the victims of the racket against the racketeers for a final showdown, as it happened in a Testi's I reviewed some time ago. The movie is watchable, in soite of  its unoriginality. You can also listen to one of the Merola's tearjerking neapolitan songs, 6\10

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« Reply #320 on: September 14, 2012, 03:00:57 PM »

Blazing Bullets a.k.a. Blazing Flowers (1978) Melodramatic crime crap unredeemed by the female nudes. 2\10

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« Reply #321 on: September 15, 2012, 05:51:46 PM »

Young, Violent, Dangerous (1976) This has got everything Almost Human aimed at and didn't. I was surprised the dialogues and the psychology of the characters were so well developed. But then, this was based (by Di Leo, who wrote the movie) on stories by the greatest crime writer we had in Italy in the '60's.  Like a reviewer at IMDB, I find two main faults with this: the score (by one of the best italian jazz pianists) and the little Milian's screen time. But then, you can't have everything. 8\10

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« Reply #322 on: September 23, 2012, 02:53:14 PM »

Tony Arzenta - Big Guns (1973) Unimaginative revenge story, with few if any merits. Probably only the unusual Copenhagen location. 6\10

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« Reply #323 on: September 23, 2012, 02:57:30 PM »

Convoy Busters (1978) A compound of all the usual ingredients of the genre, with little to recommend it. 5\10

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« Reply #324 on: September 23, 2012, 03:00:23 PM »

Strange Shadows in an Empty Room (1976) Great car chases by Remy Julienne, the rest is giallo stuff, rather than poliziottesco. Which is natural as the movie is set in Canada. 6\10

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« Reply #325 on: November 13, 2012, 03:06:58 AM »

Target (1979) A Turkey. I ought to give it 0\10, but instead go for 1\10  because of some little visible nudity. 

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« Reply #326 on: November 13, 2012, 05:03:50 PM »

The Savage Three (1975) At IMDB there's raving about this movie. I can't see why, as movies with the same theme of normal youngsters turning criminals for fun was better developed were made with more originality in Italy (I reviewed some in this thread). The only thing that made me laugh was an exchange between Salerno and Dallesandro when the first ask the other for a bit of a service with the computer (Dallesandro is working for a computer  company). Dallesandro at first balks, but Salerno convinces him when he points out:"You have 2 mega still available". 5\10

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« Reply #327 on: December 02, 2016, 07:14:44 AM »

What Have They Done to Your Daughters? (La polizia chiede aiuto) (1974)

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A police procedural with some touches of gory giallo. It keeps you interested for a good 2/3 but then you start wondering what is keeping the cops to make it over. Actually it is full of mistakes and incongruities  in the investigation and in the screenplay, first of all the fact that the first victim's girlfriends are not questioned obviously at the beginning but only in the end: that would make the movie last half an hour. Still a generous 7/10.

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