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Author Topic: A Man Called Magnum / Napoli si ribella (Michele Massimo Tarantini, 1977)  (Read 14649 times)

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NAPOLI SI RIBELLA- A MAN CALLED MAGNUM (1977)

Luc Merenda, Enzo Cannavale

Dario Mauri (Merenda) a Milanese cop transferred to Naples to bring down a crime boss named Laurenzi who is at war with a psychotic independent operator named Dogheart. Not to mention some of Laurenzi's own people are conspiring against him and the only clues for stopping the bad guys are some drawings from Laurenzi's daughter.

This is a decent if unspectacular entry in the genre but has enough good moments to recommend it. I really enjoyed Merenda's sidekick Capece (Cannavale) who provides comic relief which may seem out of place for this genre but I found it very welcome. The english dubbed voice for Capece reminded me a bit of Inspector Clouseau's sidekick Ju Ju from the INSPECTOR cartoons, spun off from the PINK PANTHER cartoons. His scenes are quite amusing and outside of a couple of well staged set pieces is the reason to watch.

Merenda is serviceable here but as he states in the interview on the disc he was becoming increasingly tired of doing these movies but he does show off in a couple of good action set pieces including a car-train chase.

Michele Massimo Tarantini is remembered to genre fans for the laughably so-bad-it's-good romp MASSACRE IN DINOSAUR VALLEY (1986) and his earlier LADY COP films.
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I really enjoyed Merenda's sidekick Capece (Cannavale) who provides comic relief which may seem out of place for this genre but I found it very welcome.
Enzo Cannavale was also in Pasquale Squitieri's excellent Naples set CAMORRA alongside Fabio Testi and Raymond Pellegrin where he played a straight role(he was a very popular comedian and starred in many 'sexy' comedies),anybody who hasn't seen this classic really should asap.
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French release

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Tanzi's French VHS cover  ::)

What do you guys think of this one? I watched last night for the second time and thought it was pretty light-hearted. I prefer Tarantini's CRIME BUSTERS starring Henry Silva!
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What do you guys think of this one?
Really really enjoyed it but as you know mate i love all these 'Napoli' crime films from that period,great soundtrack as well and my favorite role by Adolfo Lastretti as "Core 'e Cane".I also like the way Tarantini caught some local social history on-camera like the water seller and the street advertising band with the old guy leading them down the street was very cool,i doubt these practises or people even exist anymore.

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What do you guys think of this one?
Really really enjoyed it but as you know mate i love all these 'Napoli' crime films from that period,great soundtrack as well

I think the film falls in the "Good" category, not bad but not astounding either, it's enjoyable enough and i always like to see Enzo Cannavale (a lot of people don't like him but i think he's cool!).

And the sountrack ..... Superb, i have an original Italian LP ::)

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Sorry but I was unable to find a thread for this before I started mine, I even did a search but found nothing..
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Sorry but I was unable to find a thread for this before I started mine, I even did a search but found nothing..
It seems to do that all the time, when i was posting pics for the films i had to look through the list
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Also it needs to be watched in Italian w/English subs(thank you NoShame) as the English dub ruins it and makes it sound ridiculous,wonder if regular dubber and English actor Geoffrey Copleston was involved as he also stars in it.
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Sorry but I was unable to find a thread for this before I started mine, I even did a search but found nothing..

I hear you mate, it happens to me all the time. Luckily I can delete my mishaps before you guys see 'em... Otherwise the forum would be awash with my fucked up double posting bullshit!  :-\
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One thing I really enjoyed about the film was the soundtrack, has the "Nucleo Antirapina" song that is also in DAY OF VIOLENCE  ::)
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Doesn't the main theme from MAN CALLED MAGUM play in the cafe/bar in TO BE TWENTY, not seen it for a while, not 100% sure, don't have it with me.
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Doesn't the main theme from MAN CALLED MAGUM play in the cafe/bar in TO BE TWENTY, not seen it for a while, not 100% sure, don't have it with me.
Yeah it seems to be a variation on it with loads of piano,it's the second track they put on the jukebox.Franco Campanino did the soundtrack for both these films,didn't know till i made the connection from your post Tanzi :'(   
Some mad dancing in that cafe scene as well,one bloke looks like he's doing a chicken dance and check Salvatore Billa going at it.
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One thing I really enjoyed about the film was the soundtrack  ::)

Franco Campanino's main theme ;) from Napoli Si Ribella is available on at least three different compilations:

Attori A Mano Armata

 Poliziotteschi Graffiti

Italia Violenta Volume 1

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