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Author Topic: 1931: Once Upon A Time in New York / Piazza pulita (Luigi Vanzi, 1972)  (Read 9694 times)

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I was very much disappointed in the only crime outing for Tony Anthony.
The movie is basically the first Stranger movie reimagined as a 1930's Gangster flick (perhaps this has a lot to do with the director Vanzi).
Tony is a small time crook who orchestrates a big time caper with some big time crooks.
After the robbery is succesful the gangsters beat Tony to a pulp and make off with the cash. Tony, deeply pissed, Kidnaps the Godfather's girl and holds her for ransom.


A decent premise but it is far too slow to be entertaining.
There are some well put together scenes as well as a gruesome torture but it just plods along much like the first Stranger movie.
Celi is good as the Godfather and Tony is funny, as always, but a major hinderence with his role is that he was dubbed by somebody else :-[.
70% of Anthony's performance is his wise-ass voice.

What's interesting about the film is while most other directors chose a modern day Italy as the landscape for their crime pictures, this one takes place in the 30's and was filmed in West Virginia (in Tony's home town). Further proof that Mr. Anthony & co. always thought outside the box.
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Mart85

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Saw this I a while ago now but I remember liking it.  Though I think it's fair to say it's an average film taken just up above average with a few great scenes.
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fdsmedia

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Coming from Perseo Video on November 4, Italian options only....
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DVD just come out from Perseo Video, 2.35:1 (16:9 enhanced) Italian language only.

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fdsmedia

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There is a Televista DVD bootleg so an English language VHS release should have been released.
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There is a Televista DVD bootleg so an English language VHS release should have been released.

Would it be worth someone dubbing the DVD? I usually can't stand these films set in the 30's, usually remind me of Busgy Malone and I half expect everyone to start having a cream pie fight.
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fdsmedia

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Bootleg cover artwork:

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vigilanteforce

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I usually can't stand these films set in the 30's, usually remind me of Busgy Malone and I half expect everyone to start having a cream pie fight.

haha I feel the same about films set in the 30's, 40's etc. But I have a good feeling about this one. I have 2 different VHS releases of it but never got around to watching it.
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The Hunchback

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There is a Televista DVD bootleg so an English language VHS release should have been released.

Would it be worth someone dubbing the DVD?


Tony has expressed to me that he wishes to dub his own voice into it.
He never got to dub his own voice for the English audio, somebody else did.
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Tony has expressed to me that he wishes to dub his own voice into it.
He never got to dub his own voice for the English audio, somebody else did.

I'm sure if he laid down the voice over tracks someone on here could take those elements and add them to the already existing English dub to create a new hybrid track.

You should ask him, see if he's up for it.
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The Hunchback

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Tony has expressed to me that he wishes to dub his own voice into it.
He never got to dub his own voice for the English audio, somebody else did.

I'm sure if he laid down the voice over tracks someone on here could take those elements and add them to the already existing English dub to create a new hybrid track.

You should ask him, see if he's up for it.


Good idea but I'm sure he'd want to have a legit release of this not just a fan dub.
I'll ask anyway.
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Good idea but I'm sure he'd want to have a legit release of this not just a fan dub.
I'll ask anyway.

Cheers Eric! Let us know what he says.
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Nice cover Diabolik! :-\

Btw

I got the German tape somewhere but still need to watch it.
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