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What Are Your Favourite Italian Crime Flicks
« on: 06 Jul 2007 - 09:37 »

From Wikipedia

Poliziotteschi is a sub-genre of crime and action film that emerged in Italy in the late 1960s and became popular in the 1970s. Poliziotteschi films are also known as poliziottesco, Italo-crime, Euro-crime or simply Italian crime films. Poliziesco on the other hand is the 'proper' Italian adjective for police-related dramas, ranging from Ed McBain's police procedural novels to CSI forensic investigations. 'Poliziesco' is used generally to indicate every fiction production where police forces (Italian or foreign) are the main protagonists, 'poliziottesco', on the other hand with the '-esco' desinence (akin to the English '-esque') suggesting a low-key derivative imprint is only ever used to indicate 70s-era Italian produced 'tough cop' and 'crime' movies. Recurring elements in poliziotteschi films include graphic and brutal violence, organized crime, car chases, vigilantism, heists, gun fights and corruption up to the highest level.

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Yes, most would dismiss them as cheap cash-ins of more well-known American flicks, but to us, they're so much more. Stars such as Franco Nero, Maurizio Merli, Tomas Milian, Fabio Testi and Luc Merenda made these contemporary spaghetti westerns eminently likeable. So what are your favourites?

Here are some of mine:

High Crime (1973, Enzo G Castellari)
Anonymous Avenger (1974, Enzo G Castellari)
The Big Racket (1976, Enzo G Castellari)
Violent Rome (1975, Marino Girolami)
Special Cop In Action (1976, Marino Girolami)
Violent Naples (1976, Umberto Lenzi)
Tough Ones (1976, Umberto Lenzi)
Calibre 9 (1972, Fernando di Leo)
Manhunt (1974, Fernando di Leo)
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Re: What Are Your Favourite Italian Crime Flicks
« Reply #1 on: 09 Jul 2007 - 20:52 »

This is my Top 10 of the films I have on DVD at the moment. Since there are many films that I don't have on DVD yet that list might be altered later.  :-X



1.   Revolver
2.   High Crime
3.   Almost Human
4.   IL Boss
5.   Violent Rome
6.   Confessions of a police captain
7.   Street Law
8.   Milano Calibro 9
9.   Ricco the mean machine
10.   Tony Arzenta

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Re: What Are Your Favourite Italian Crime Flicks
« Reply #2 on: 09 Jul 2007 - 22:40 »

Hard question but I am going to give it a try:

ANONYMOUS AVENGER (STREET LAW)
BLAZING FLOWERS
BOSS, THE
LIVE LIKE A COP, DIE LIKE A MAN
RICCO (THE MEAN MACHINE)
ROME ARMED TO THE TEETH
SAVAGE THREE (FANGO BOLLENTE)
TONY ARZENTA- BIG GUNS
VIOLENT NAPLES
VIOLENT ROME

I listed them in alphabetical order as it would be too hard otherwise. I guess everybody here likes pretty much the same.

Special Cop In Action (1976, Marino Girolami)
Nice to see this in your list, I was watching it again last week and loved it! Can't wait to see it on DVD!
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Re: What Are Your Favourite Italian Crime Flicks
« Reply #3 on: 09 Jul 2007 - 22:44 »

There's three in there that I've not seen, but that I have are all ace, mate. I love TONY ARZENTA - it's a great flick, with Delon on fine form. Duccio Tessari is a really underrated talent in my book.
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« Reply #4 on: 09 Jul 2007 - 23:01 »

This isn't easy as this genre is new to me and i've only watched the majority of my polizios once but for the best so far i'd suggest REVOLVER,ALMOST HUMAN,THE BOSS,HIGH CRIME,BIG RACKET,BLAZING MAGNUM and at least one of Maurizio Merli's movies,i dunno, ROME ARMED TO THE TEETH?
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« Reply #5 on: 09 Jul 2007 - 23:03 »

I love TONY ARZENTA - it's a great flick, with Delon on fine form. Duccio Tessari is a really underrated talent in my book.



I just took a picture of the Greek disc that was released two years ago as a free gift with a Sunday newspaper. Looks great but, sadly, it is in Italian with Greek subs. I got to love the movie thanks to this disc ::)
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« Reply #6 on: 09 Jul 2007 - 23:06 »

I love TONY ARZENTA - it's a great flick, with Delon on fine form. Duccio Tessari is a really underrated talent in my book.

This film is unfortunately very difficult to get hold of unless you are willing to pay 50 $ for it.

N.B someone who has this film should open a seperate thread for this film.
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Gary B.

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Re: What Are Your Favourite Italian Crime Flicks
« Reply #7 on: 09 Jul 2007 - 23:51 »

My favorites are:

Il Boss
Manhunt
Kidnap Syndicate
Napoli si ribella
Almost Human
Citta violenta
Revolver
La Polizia chiede aiuto
The Summertime Killer
Suspected Death of a Minor
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« Reply #8 on: 10 Jul 2007 - 01:22 »

If I had the right to add one more to my list I think that would be RULERS OF THE CITY because it was the first Italian crime movie I ever watched. I was 5-perhaps even less- and my (long gone- god bless him) uncle had a video rental store. He used to give my parents all kinds of films (mostly action) on betamax tapes. This was one of the tapes he had given us and I had watched it with my parents. When I bought the Greek VHS on Cinehollywood like 15 years later, I still remembered the slow motion opening sequence of Palance killing the boy's dad. That bit had scared the shit out of me when I was a kid ::)
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Re: What Are Your Favourite Italian Crime Flicks
« Reply #9 on: 10 Jul 2007 - 09:14 »

These are no particular order...

Roma a mano armata (Rome Armed To The Teeth/Tough Ones) - Umberto Lenzi 1976
Napoli violenta (Violent Naples) - Umberto Lenzi 1976
La mala ordina (Manhunt) - Fernando di Leo 1973
Il grande racket (The Big Racket) - Enzo G. Castellari 1976
Uomini si nasce poliziotti si muore (Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man) - Ruggero Deodato 1976
Banditi a Milano (Bandits of Milan) - Carlo Lizzani 1968
Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto (Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion) - Elio Petri 1970
Milano odia: la polizia non può sparare(Almost Human) - Umberto Lenzi 1974
Tipo con una faccia strana ti cerca per ucciderti (Ricco/The Mean Machine) - Tulio Demicheli 1973
I violenti di Roma bene (Violence for Kicks) - Sergio Grieco/M. Felisatti 1975






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Re: What Are Your Favourite Italian Crime Flicks
« Reply #10 on: 10 Jul 2007 - 10:08 »

In no particular order:

Rome Armed to the Teeth
Almost Human
Bandits in Milan
Milan Calibre 9
Manhunt
Shoot First Die Later
The Last Desperate Hours
The Last Round
Tony Arzenta
Execution Squad
Beast With a Gun
Cop in Blue Jeans
Revolver
Contraband
Bloody Friday (Don't know if it counts, German / Italian co production)
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« Reply #11 on: 10 Jul 2007 - 10:54 »

Banditi a Milano   Great Milian/Lizzani heist action.
Almost Human 
Milano:Il clan dei Calabresi (Last Desperate Hours) Sabato's finest moment IMHO
Blue Eyed Bandit  Later Franco Nero entry-classic
Italia ultimo atto?   Merenda terrorism-Italian style
Napoli spara!  Caiano classic,infact this is really Napoli Violenta pt2 :D
Milano violenta (Bloody Payroll) More Caiano
+ all the usual suspects we all know and love
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« Reply #12 on: 10 Jul 2007 - 11:32 »

I've only got a few italian crime dvds the only one thats dissapointed me so far is Mister Scarface...

1. Violent Naples
2. A Special Cop in Action
3. The Cynic the Rat and the Fist
4. Rome Armed to the Teeth
5. Manhunt
6. Almost Human
7. Colt 38 Special Squad
8. The Big Racket
9. Cop in Blue Jeans
10. Contraband
11. Rabid Dogs
12. Milano Calibro 9
13. Violent City
14. The Last Round
15. Il Boss
16. Street Law
17. Weapons of Death
18. Revolver
19. High Crime
20. Fearless
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Re: What Are Your Favourite Italian Crime Flicks
« Reply #13 on: 10 Jul 2007 - 11:40 »

I neglected to include FEAR IN THE CITY and STREET LAW. ;)
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Re: What Are Your Favourite Italian Crime Flicks
« Reply #14 on: 10 Jul 2007 - 16:13 »

I forgot RABID DOGS in my list.  George Eastman and the Cipriani soundtrack seal the deal for me.
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