Euro Cult Movie Forum => Police & Crime => Topic started by: IL COMMISSARIO on 21 Aug 2007 - 09:25

Title: Free Hand For A Tough Cop / Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 21 Aug 2007 - 09:25
FREE HAND FOR A TOUGH COP 1976- aka IL TRUCIDO E LO SBIRRO

Tomas Milian, Claudio Cassinelli, Henry Silva

Directed by Umberto Lenzi

A determined cop named Sarti (Cassinelli) partners with an eccentric and foul mouthed drug dealer named Monezza (Milian) who also goes by the name "Garbage Can" as well as three other thugs in an effort to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a public figure and nail the psychotic criminal boss Brescianelli (Silva). Not only must they get Brescianelli but Sarti is working against the clock as the abducted girl has bad kidney's.

Milian, of course, steals the show as always as the outrageous Monezza. He gets so many great lines. It's easy to see why this character was so popular in Italy. An unusual amount of expletives are spouted throughout the film and not just from Milian but Silva, too. The scene where Monezza plays a sort of Russian Roulette with one of the villains by having him choose between two glasses of milk as to which one is poisoned illicits chuckles because he kills the man anyway after he picks the right one. Another scene has Monezza pretending to be a painter on a job in a prison where one of Brescianelli's men is being held and another still where he disguises himself as a monk to get some info from a police Captain at gunpoint.

Silva, unfortunately, isn't given much opportunity to steal the film from under Milian's feet. It's a shame he isn't given more screen time. But what scenes he has are very good and amusing especially when the little girl tells him she wants to go home followed by Silva proclaiming..."Shut up...you bitch!". And his comment about the little girl "fertilizing the garden" are priceless. It's hard to tell who spews the most cuss words, Silva or Milian. All their dialog is generously peppered with obscenities that would make Tarantino proud. His last scene is a bit of a cheat and it's the only real gripe I have with this movie.

Cassinelli is no Maurizio Merli but he has screen presence and is a good actor, he just doesn't seem comfortable in the action scenes that involve fisticuffs. Cassinelli plays the role of Sarti much the same way Merli would but I can't help but think how much improved the film would be had Merli been cast instead. Knowing Milian did not get along with Merli and Merenda, it would interesting to learn whether he got on with Cassinelli or not. The last scene with the two of them is absolutely hilarious.

Lenzi delivers another solid crime movie bolstered by a great cast that are backed by many Lenzi regulars. He must have shot BROTHERS TILL WE DIE at the same time or after as the set from the finale is used here around the 50 minute mark in a gun battle when the heroes learn of the young girls whereabouts only to find out she has been moved somwhere else. The film even appears to utilize the ship set from ALMOST HUMAN. Speaking of ALMOST HUMAN, it's funny to see Milian as a good guy and Silva as a villain considering Silva was originally to have played the bad guy in the earlier film. There's also a nice nostalgic scene in which two crooks attack and rob a woman in a movie theater lobby which has some posters of other polizio's playing at the time as well as a poster for SALON KITTY on the wall next to the front door.

While it's not as sadistic as ALMOST HUMAN (1974) or ROME ARMED TO THE TEETH (1977), it contains enough satisfying moments and Milian's performance alone makes the film a must see.
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 21 Aug 2007 - 09:39
Love that song at the end credits-'Ballad of Monezza'.
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 21 Aug 2007 - 10:05
I wish i never sold my Empire Dutch tape :-[
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: Mart85 on 21 Aug 2007 - 10:10
Nice review.  This is one of my favourites.    ::)
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 21 Aug 2007 - 10:11
Love that song at the end credits-'Ballad of Monezza'.

I didn't pay much attention to it as I was finishing the review. I prefer the one used for FROM CORLEONE TO BROOKLYN. It seemed to suit the ambiguous ending of that film.
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: vigilanteforce on 21 Aug 2007 - 10:36
This is the only crime film by Lenzi that I didn't like at all. I know you guys will crucify me for that but I hate the Monezza character, I find him very annoying. I found the film very slow-moving and uninspired compared to Lenzi's other crime efforts. Henry Silva was hardly in the movie too. Perhaps I could give it a second chance, but not anytime soon!
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 21 Aug 2007 - 10:43

There's also a nice nostalgic scene in which two crooks attack and rob a woman in a movie theater lobby which has some posters of other polizio's playing at the time
That's Melville's LE CERCLE ROUGE under its Italian title I senza nome,,some great looking fotobuste of it which i wouldn't mind owning :D
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 26 Sep 2007 - 19:49
Coming from EMS in Germany on November 22,English/Italian option included(apparently)

(http://img119.imageshack.us/img119/7230/sm203d20schlitzohrgb0.jpg)
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: Mart85 on 26 Sep 2007 - 19:58
Sweet.  Thanks for the heads up Stephen.  ::)
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 26 Sep 2007 - 19:58
Nice cover art for this and the DIRTY GANG disc.
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 26 Sep 2007 - 20:00
Sweet.  Thanks for the heads up Stephen.  ::)
A poster a Maniacs says there is English but checking the Anolis site it says German/Italian!
At least we've got your rather special fandub for the time being Mart ::)
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 26 Sep 2007 - 20:06
Sweet.  Thanks for the heads up Stephen.  ::)
A poster a Maniacs says there is English but checking the Anolis site it says German/Italian!
At least we've got your rather special fandub for the time being Mart ::)

So that's where that one came from! I thought Jonny did this one. You guys should do the syncing professionally. I've seen similar fansubs for some Asian films and they're incredibly sloppy. It's like the people doing them simply do not care. Many of these fansubs can be bought in chain stores and retail outlets believe it or not!
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 26 Sep 2007 - 20:13
Quote
A poster a Maniacs says there is English but checking the Anolis site it says German/Italian!
Same goes for their release of LA BANDA DEL TRUCIDO,saying that EMS/ANOLIS have been good with putting English options on their genre releases ie.WHIP AND THE BODY,HUNCHBACK OF THE MORGUE,CASTLE OF THE WALKING DEAD(which was a beautiful release) etc.Fingers crossed.
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 26 Sep 2007 - 21:24
Coming from EMS in Germany on November 22,English/Italian option included(apparently)

(http://img119.imageshack.us/img119/7230/sm203d20schlitzohrgb0.jpg)
I think it's a horrible cover
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 26 Sep 2007 - 21:24
What's wrong with it?
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: Paul on 26 Sep 2007 - 21:39
Who cares about the cover - another one for the collection, methinks...
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 26 Sep 2007 - 21:41
Who cares about the cover - another one for the collection, methinks...
of course, the contents is what matters and i will be getting it.

Still a horrible cover though  :D
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 26 Sep 2007 - 21:47
What's wrong with it? >:(
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 26 Sep 2007 - 21:55
What's wrong with it? >:(
cheap artwork, Milian's not to bad but Silva and the other guy at the top
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 26 Sep 2007 - 21:57
Oh, I think the artist captured Cassinelli and the sickly looking Silva quite well actually. Silva is barely in this one though. He sure does cuss a lot in the film!
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 26 Sep 2007 - 22:04
Oh, I think the artist captured Cassinelli and the sickly looking Silva quite well actually. Silva is barely in this one though. He sure does cuss a lot in the film!
I know Cassinelli is in it but that drawing is shit, regrettably i sold my Dutch tape when the Italian dvd came out only to find out it had no English!
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 26 Sep 2007 - 22:06
Well you must say they captured Milian's likeness perfectly.  ::)
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 27 Sep 2007 - 08:13
I think it's a horrible cover
I agree Aarron,it's terrible.
I think it's the original German cinema poster,the Italian locandina art is nicer.
Been spoiled for too long by those Italian posters :-\
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 04 Oct 2007 - 08:41
French SE on Neo Publishing with Italian/French language options
(http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/3443/pa040282ho7.jpg)
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: fdsmedia on 04 Oct 2007 - 11:45
Maybe Anolis/EMS have the same strategy as Koch, having English options but without mentioning it on their website or on the covers...  :'(
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 04 Oct 2007 - 11:49
Maybe Anolis/EMS have the same strategy as Koch, having English options but without mentioning it on their website or on the covers...  :'(
Fingers crossed X
Sazuma did the same thing with LA SETTIMA DONNA where the English track was only accessable via your remote,nothing at all about it on the packaging.
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Post by: Mart85 on 04 Oct 2007 - 14:21
French SE on Neo Publishing with Italian/French language options
(http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/3443/pa040282ho7.jpg)

That's how cover art should be done.

I've got a huge poster with the artwork which is on the left and I can't fit it anywhere.  I was only expecting a locandina.
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: fdsmedia on 04 Oct 2007 - 14:40
At the DTM forum, someone from Anolis personally confirms that their new Italian crime DVDs does NOT have English options...  :-[
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Post by: Mart85 on 04 Oct 2007 - 14:42
Bugger. Thanks for the info fdsmedia.
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: Paul on 04 Oct 2007 - 14:50
That's a bitch. Damn.
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 04 Oct 2007 - 15:15
At the DTM forum, someone from Anolis personally confirms that their new Italian crime DVDs does NOT have English options...  :-[
Thanks Magnus,thought we might have been lucky as Anolis/EMS are usually good when it comes to English options.
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 04 Oct 2007 - 16:42
At the DTM forum, someone from Anolis personally confirms that their new Italian crime DVDs does NOT have English options...  :-[
bastards!
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 03 Jun 2008 - 13:32
Claudio Undari aka Robert Hundar who starred as one of the Calabresi gang in this as well as numerous other classics of Italian genre cinema sadly died 2 weeks ago of natural causes.
(http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/3510/claudioundari4txye4.jpg)
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Post by: Mart85 on 03 Jun 2008 - 13:34
Sad news.  I always liked Undari's appearences in crime films and spaghetti westerns.
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 03 Jun 2008 - 16:55
R.I.P., years ago when i never knew his name i just used to call him "Dario" from THE CYNIC THE RAR AND THE FIST.
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop / Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: Jonny on 20 Jun 2009 - 12:32
Trailer  :P

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7q8UzTXVPA
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop/Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: paperbag on 28 Jun 2009 - 04:37
This is the only crime film by Lenzi that I didn't like at all. I know you guys will crucify me for that but I hate the Monezza character, I find him very annoying. I found the film very slow-moving and uninspired compared to Lenzi's other crime efforts. Henry Silva was hardly in the movie too. Perhaps I could give it a second chance, but not anytime soon!

That's exactly how I felt about it, love all his crime films apart from this one. Maybe it was the absence of a Franco Micalizzi score. Though the version I saw was horrible quality.
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop / Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: vaultkeeper on 13 Mar 2011 - 17:21
Are there ANY English friendly release of this one? I might buy the German DVD if there isnt any English friendly version, cause i understand some German but not fluently, so i rather buy the German DVD instead of the Italian one as the German one has the German dub.
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop / Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: Collins on 19 Sep 2012 - 01:57
i recently got a copy of this from ebay, its a bootleg with a picture on the front of monezza titled il ritorno del monezza and a synopsis of free hand for a tough cop on the back. the picture quality and sound are both fine.
i think its a very entertaining film, it has some funny moments such as when milian and casinelli disguise themselves as painters and it dosent detract from the harder edged action. i thought casinelli was exellent in this film and would recomend it.
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop / Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: Longsden on 19 Sep 2012 - 13:42
i recently got a copy of this from ebay, its a bootleg with a picture on the front of monezza titled il ritorno del monezza and a synopsis of free hand for a tough cop on the back. the picture quality and sound are both fine.
i think its a very entertaining film, it has some funny moments such as when milian and casinelli disguise themselves as painters and it dosent detract from the harder edged action. i thought casinelli was exellent in this film and would recomend it.

Was it the £6 one from giallo72?
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop / Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: Collins on 19 Sep 2012 - 16:41
yeah thats the one
Title: Re: Free Hand For A Tough Cop / Il trucido e lo sbirro (Umberto Lenzi, 1976)
Post by: Funktion on 12 Feb 2021 - 21:54
UK label Fractured Visions just announced today that they will release the film on Blu-Ray later this year.  ::)

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