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Author Topic: The Bloody Hands Of The Law (Mario Gariazzo, 1973)  (Read 4870 times)

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LA MANO SPIETATA DELLA LEGGE- THE BLOODY HANDS OF THE LAW (1973)

Phillipe Leroy, Klaus Kinski

An old crime boss is assassinated in his hospital bed and is spotted by a yong woman. Her roommate urges her not to tell the police but she does so anyway and is murdered for her trouble. Her roommate is also murdered along with her boyfriend. The identities of the killers are found out but the police have a difficult time making arrests as anyone who is a witness or knows anything at all are killed. It is eventually found out that a large criminal organization is at work with links to the police force itself, and they're not about to allow themselves to be discovered.

Phillipe Leroy is serviceable as Lt. Carmine who, as the film progresses, gradually goes over the deep end as he tries to bring the crooks to justice but is foiled at nearly every turn. Not sure if I've seen him before but he is an agile actor who appears to do his own stunts.

Kinski is evil as hell here as the silent assassin who tortures and murders the various people who learn a bit too much info even blow torching the genital region of one of his greasy underlings for raping one of the victims. Kinski never speaks in this one although when he is caught, he is nearly beaten to death by Leroy who finally gets him to confess but you never see it. Why Kinski never got lines here is unknown. But he is deliciously evil in this role by his facial expressions.

The movie itself is decent. There is little action but lots of violence and torture. The ending is anti climactic. Upon learning the criminal organization is run by an international group of stock brokers(!), Leroy learns of the big bosses whereabouts and boards a train to go get him. The end credits roll over his blank yet nearly crazed visage after having lost his beautiful wife and his sanity after trying to destroy crime that the court system is obliged to protect.

One of the most surprising aspects of the movie is that NONE of the villains are killed by the good guys but are rubbed out by the villains they work for when they've revealed information about their employers after being beaten to a pulp by the police.

It's a sleazy, downbeat little movie and probably the best film by Mario Gariazzo.
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Stephen Grimes

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Re: The Bloody Hands Of The Law (Mario Gariazzo, 1973)
« Reply #1 on: 10 Jul 2007 - 19:51 »

Kinski never speaks in this one
He also never had any lines in Franco's JUSTINE.
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Re: The Bloody Hands Of The Law (Mario Gariazzo, 1973)
« Reply #2 on: 10 Jul 2007 - 21:02 »

Count me in as a fan of this film, Philippe Leroy is really good in this, never seen him get so angry before. Love the downbeat and quite open to interpretation ending.
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Re: The Bloody Hands Of The Law (Mario Gariazzo, 1973)
« Reply #3 on: 10 Jul 2007 - 21:11 »

I'm going to have to see it again. I was a bit confused while watching it. After having seen the Merli movies and a couple others this one was quite different.
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« Reply #4 on: 10 Jul 2007 - 21:14 »

Phillipe Leroy is really good in this, never seen him get so angry before
:-\ Keep thinking of him as that strange racing boat driver in Tonino Ricci's giallo CROSS CURRENT.
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« Reply #5 on: 10 Jul 2007 - 21:24 »

Fuck me! I just checked Philippe Leroy's stats on imdb and he's in 'La terza madre'!!
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Re: The Bloody Hands Of The Law (Mario Gariazzo, 1973)
« Reply #6 on: 10 Jul 2007 - 21:28 »

He's certainly prolific,i'm dying to see 'FEMINA RIDENS where he stars alongside Dagmar Lassander.
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« Reply #7 on: 12 Jul 2007 - 15:46 »

Now watching this- it has a 60s feel to it which I don't really dig (it's a decade I hate) but I like Leroy's performance. By the way, what is Henry Silva, doing on the cover of the Alfa disc? That is actually the poster artwork for IL RE DELLA MALA with an added Kinski on it- hilarious!  :-\

edit: Luciano Rossi is absolutely great in it! That rape scene is one of his finest moments! ;)
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« Reply #8 on: 12 Jul 2007 - 17:05 »

I was amazed at how OVER THE TOP Leroy was in this one! I liked him in other movies but really loved him in this one! He seemed to be performing some hard stunts for his age too! Can't wait to see him in Argento's forthcoming LA TERZA MADRE!
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« Reply #9 on: 14 Jul 2007 - 21:20 »

The Alfa Digital disc is a pal to ntsc transfer and loses abit of picture quality,check the cleaner pal version for a better viewing experience :D
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« Reply #10 on: 27 Dec 2007 - 10:25 »

The voice actor who did Leroys voice also did Maurizio Merli's in Violent Naples, The Cynic the Rat and the Fist, etc.. I really like his work
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« Reply #11 on: 27 Dec 2007 - 13:40 »

I really digged the scene where Kinski uses a blowtorch on some poor guy's genitals. Klaus Kinski as a mute, psychotic hitman with big 1970s sunglasses = works for me! As for the movie, it's pretty cool but not among the best in eurocrime. As most of director Gariazzo's flicks it's above average and it got that trashy quality to it I really like.
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« Reply #12 on: 30 Dec 2007 - 15:05 »

Danish vhs release; uncut, lbx and english audio... The drawing is completely stolen from Dallamano's Quelli della Calibro 38 (1976)

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