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Author Topic: High Crime / La polizia incrimina la legge assolve (Enzo G. Castellari, 1973)  (Read 35579 times)

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He's very good in MAN, PRIDE & VENGEANCE (1968) as well. As I said, I like Nero, I just think he's a bit overrated as an actor. IMO he's better in some movies than others. But the only movie I've seen him in where his fights were good was TEXAS ADIOS. Apart from that, he's too stiff in fight scenes to be a believable action star.
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I watched HITCH-HIKE again recently and throught Nero was great in the fight scene with David Hess- don't know much about his westerns as I am not into the genre. David insists that Franco broke his nose during the shooting of that scene!
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IL COMMISSARIO

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I plan to see this one again soon. Wonderful movie. Most italian action movies have the absolute worst fight fist fight scenes in cinema (doesn't mean I do not like them of course). They tend to throw their arms far too wide and they often seem to stick their faces out in anticipation of receiving a smack in the face. TEXAS, ADIOS has some very good choreography though.

A lot of american films tend to have very lazy choreography in the action scenes. Only in the past 9 or 10 years have US action movies really began to utilize exciting choreography similar to what used to be seen in HK cinema.
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A lot of american films tend to have very lazy choreography in the action scenes. Only in the past 9 or 10 years have US action movies really began to utilize exciting choreography similar to what used to be seen in HK cinema.

Name a few.
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IL COMMISSARIO

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Name a few what? American action movies with lazy choreography?

Anything from 88 till 96. Anything with Van Damme, Seagal, Willis, Lundgren, etc, etc.....Any movie where the camera is extremely tight where it is difficult to make out what is happening.

Any movie with rapid editing between moves to make it appear that the actor is "moving fast".

Any movie where there is a pause between exchanges of blows as in the many scenes where the bad guy may beat on the good guy for minutes (never in a Seagal movie) then suddenly come back and defeat the villain with just a few punches or kicks.

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The Hunchback

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Name a few what? American action movies with lazy choreography?





No, those are easy to come by. I mean American movies with good fights.
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IL COMMISSARIO

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As much as I hate to say it, but THE PHANTOM MENACE had a superb duel in there. Lucas had requested copies of Chinese swordplay movies when he shot this. I haven't really seen a lot of american movies lately.

There was one called DRIVE with Mark Dacascos that was very much in the HK style. Also the excellent French movie BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF had choreography from one of the Five Venoms Kuo Chui who also did the action in TOMORROW NEVER DIES (haven't seen it yet) although I heard the makers wouldn't let him have complete control over the fight scenes.

I haven't seen them all the way through but the BOURNE IDENTITY movies seem to have nice action in them. I think Chuck Norris was about the best guy in american action movies that could do exciting fights. They weren't like HK fights, but they were done well and sometimes with multiple moves before an edit.
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I haven't seen them all the way through but the BOURNE IDENTITY movies seem to have nice action in them.


If your able to see the action scenes in the second than maybe they can be watchable, yes.

Agree with PHANTOM MENACE. The Mual fight is the best of the series.
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IL COMMISSARIO

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The 2nd installment was fine but not up to the standard of the first. The third films duels were better though. Still great to see a CGI Christopher Lee dueling with lightsabres.
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LANZETTA

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Apart from that, he's too stiff in fight scenes to be a believable action star.
I know what you mean,Nero is lively enough in the fight scenes but always seems to throw punches whilst never bending his elbows,though thats not to say i don't enjoy his fighting.

But yeah,Nero lookalike Maurizio Merli is much more convincing in the fisticuffs department. :P
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I watched HITCH-HIKE again recently and throught Nero was great in the fight scene with David Hess- don't know much about his westerns as I am not into the genre. David insists that Franco broke his nose during the shooting of that scene!

I really rate his HITCH-HIKE performance - there's a great deal of humour in the delivery of some of his lines - especially his banter with Clery, but he also conveys a sense of despair and uselessness in some scenes too.
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I enjoyed HITCH-HIKE very much especially the ending. Maybe I should re-phrase my statement. I guess Nero's stiffness in the action department turns me off to him although it does not lessen my enjoyment of the movie. He is good in the action in TEXAS ADIOS.
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LANZETTA

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especially his banter with Clery
And she excelled in all departments,not just the acting!

Phwoarrrrrr!!! 8)

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High Crime.
Just saw this last night for the first time and was not disappointed, I like this more than Street Law and even the Big Racket. Some of the plot was lost on me with various characters but a second viewing should clear that up. And you gotta love the action, the car chase at the start has a very satisfying climax, theres the fur coated assassins, and several mowing downs by assorted vehicles the best being that of a loving and innocent child! In detail! I'm mildly surprised that the BBFC passed that scene like that on the 23rd century disc (assuming that the rating is'nt bogus, this an unauthorized release, right?). And I love the cliffhanger ending, did Franco bite it? or was he just jolted out of bitter memories by a gunshot from the continuing shoot-out.  Sort of reminds me of the end of Roma Violenta. Was Blondie's daydream prophetic? or was it just the mental anguish of a badly beaten-up cripple.


Another voice demanding a proper DVD release of this classic.
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HIGH CRIME is owned by Canal+, which owns Optimum Releasing in the UK. Optimum have steadily released many Canal titles over the past 6-7 months, with some great stuff hittig DVD for the first time (TWISTED NERVE, VILLAIN, etc). I suggest anyone that would like to see HIGH CRIME get a proper release email them, referring to both the English and Italian titles - the film is acually listed in Italian on the Canal list:

info@optimumreleasing.com

Anyone that regularly posts on other boards (Mobius, DVD Mainacs, etc) can I ask you to post this email address there, too?

I reckon they'll release it, should there be plenty of demand...
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