Euro Cult Movie Forum => Police & Crime => Topic started by: IL COMMISSARIO on 06 Jul 2007 - 21:32

Title: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 06 Jul 2007 - 21:32
REVOLVER- BLOOD IN THE STREETS (1973)

Oliver Reed, Fabio Testi

Vito Cipriani (Reed) is a violent prison warden whose wife is kidnapped. The abductors demand he release a prisoner, Milo Ruiz (Testi), if not, his wife dies. The big catch is that Milo has no idea who it is that wants him released from prison. Ultimately, a major conspiracy is revealed that reaches far beyond the criminal underworld. To say too much would reveal the many twists and turns the story takes not to mention a shocker of an ending.

Oliver Reed is in top form here displaying rage and at times emotionally drained in his attempts at getting his wife back. He goes a little overboard in some scenes but it fits within the parameters of his character. He, along with the finale, is easily the films most memorable aspect.

Fabio Testi turns in a fine performance as well, much better than usual. I find him to be an under-rated actor considering his good looks which seems to be the reason for his casting in other films but here, he gets to act and also displays some emotional moments particularly during the opening.

Director Sergio Sollima delivers probably his best film (of the few I've seen) aside from FACE TO FACE which this film shares the reversal of character motif from the western film. There are some intriguing cinematographical flourishes,  wonderful twists (especially the finale) and a good rapport between the two central leads. Of his four directed films I've seen (not counting the peplums he did) this is the best.

The musical score by Morricone is wonderful. Very beautiful and poetic during the opening and closing moments.

Although this movie is an Italian Crime film, it doesn't fall completely in the same category as the above enties. This movie is more of a suspense thriller sprinkled with an occassional action scene. Well worth your time and I can't believe I had this film for as long as I did and never watched it until now. The highest recommendation even if you've not seen any of Sollima's westerns.
Title: Re: Revolver/Sergio Sollima/1973
Post by: Gary B. on 06 Jul 2007 - 21:39
agreed, it's one of the best "euro crime" films ever, and features a great cast along with a near perfect soundtrack as well as the gripping storyline/character development that is shared in all of the Sollima films I've seen. 
Title: Re: Revolver/Sergio Sollima/1973
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 06 Jul 2007 - 21:51
Love that downer ending. I think I prefer shocking endings like this because they totally change your perception of how a film "is supposed" to end.
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 17 Aug 2007 - 20:19
Does the soundtrack release have the song that's sung by Daniel Beretta featured on it?
It's the one where they're making a sort of pop video and he's walking around and singing with his guitar.
(http://img516.imageshack.us/img516/9761/5819ac5.jpg)
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: The Hunchback on 17 Aug 2007 - 20:26
This is a great one ::)
Been looking to see Sollima's VIOLENT CITY ever since!

Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Dorado on 17 Aug 2007 - 20:34
Agreed this is a great film, in fact its number 1 on my list over Italian crime films.  :-X
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 17 Aug 2007 - 20:40
Stephen, check here. It may be on one of these CD releases...

http://www.soundtrackcollector.com/catalog/soundtrackdetail.php?movieid=2860
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 17 Aug 2007 - 20:43
Stephen, check here. It may be on one of these CD releases...

http://www.soundtrackcollector.com/catalog/soundtrackdetail.php?movieid=2860
Thanks mate,just had a look and i think it's called 'Un Amico'. 
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 17 Aug 2007 - 20:43
Does the soundtrack release have the song that's sung by Daniel Beretta featured on it?
It's the one where they're making a sort of pop video and he's walking around and singing with his guitar.
(http://img516.imageshack.us/img516/9761/5819ac5.jpg)
Not on the release i have but i have seen 2 or 3 versions of the soundtrack so it may be on one of them
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 17 Aug 2007 - 20:46
I believe xploited has the score with that track on it unless you know of somewhere it can be had a bit cheaper. Great score BTW.
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: LANZETTA on 17 Aug 2007 - 22:43
REVOLVER- BLOOD IN THE STREETS (1973)

Oliver Reed, Fabio Testi

Vito Cipriani (Reed) is a violent prison warden whose wife is kidnapped. The abductors demand he release a prisoner, Milo Ruiz (Testi), if not, his wife dies. The big catch is that Milo has no idea who it is that wants him released from prison. Ultimately, a major conspiracy is revealed that reaches far beyond the criminal underworld. To say too much would reveal the many twists and turns the story takes not to mention a shocker of an ending.

Oliver Reed is in top form here displaying rage and at times emotionally drained in his attempts at getting his wife back. He goes a little overboard in some scenes but it fits within the parameters of his character. He, along with the finale, is easily the films most memorable aspect.

Fabio Testi turns in a fine performance as well, much better than usual. I find him to be an under-rated actor considering his good looks which seems to be the reason for his casting in other films but here, he gets to act and also displays some emotional moments particularly during the opening.

Director Sergio Sollima delivers probably his best film (of the few I've seen) aside from FACE TO FACE which this film shares the reversal of character motif from the western film. There are some intriguing cinematographical flourishes,  wonderful twists (especially the finale) and a good rapport between the two central leads. Of his four directed films I've seen (not counting the peplums he did) this is the best.

The musical score by Morricone is wonderful. Very beautiful and poetic during the opening and closing moments.

Although this movie is an Italian Crime film, it doesn't fall completely in the same category as the above enties. This movie is more of a suspense thriller sprinkled with an occassional action scene. Well worth your time and I can't believe I had this film for as long as I did and never watched it until now. The highest recommendation even if you've not seen any of Sollima's westerns.
Its great to see this movie get reviewed and i now wanna watch it(only seen it once) again shortly as i never twigged on the FACE TO FACE similarity.

Oliver Reed is fantastic here though i'm not 100% certain that its his dubbing,and Testi was a revelation too(i've since seen him excelling in Castellari's BIG RACKET).

I agree about Morricone too.

Hunchback,VIOLENT CITY is probably a must but is a bit dull in comparison to REVOLVER.
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Paul on 18 Aug 2007 - 09:01
I preferred REVOLVER to VIOLENT CITY, too. The pairing of Testi and Reed was genius. I've only seen REVOLVER once but can't say I noticed it wasn't Reed's own voice - he has such distinctive tones, I would have picked up on it, I reckon...
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 18 Aug 2007 - 09:26
I watched it a few week ago when i went round my mum's house as she like Oliver Reed, i'm quite sure it was his own voice.

i think Revolver is Sollima's best crime film.
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Mart85 on 18 Aug 2007 - 10:04
Does the soundtrack release have the song that's sung by Daniel Beretta featured on it?
It's the one where they're making a sort of pop video and he's walking around and singing with his guitar.
(http://img516.imageshack.us/img516/9761/5819ac5.jpg)

It's on my Alhambra CD.  I upped the song to rapidshare:

http://rapidshare.com/files/49720912/01_-_A_Friend.mp3
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 18 Aug 2007 - 10:07
Cheers Mart ;)

That is Reed dubbing his own voice,he's just putting on a southern USA accent but it's deffo him.
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: LANZETTA on 18 Aug 2007 - 14:34
Thanks for putting me right about Reeds voice,i must have someone elses wax in my ears!! ???
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 18 Aug 2007 - 15:05
i must have someone elses wax in my ears!! ???
Let's hope it wasn't Shreck's! ::)
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 20 Oct 2007 - 10:10
Watched this a couple of days ago with the wife (her choice  anybody else here have a massive photo of Oliver Reed in his swimming trunks hanging up in their hallway? No? Just me then). Wasn't overly fussed on it, found it a bit bland apart from the ending.
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: vigilanteforce on 20 Oct 2007 - 10:51
This is probably the only Italian crime film that I hated. No matter how much I wanted to like it. Never understood why it has such a great reputation among fans. I like Sollima's VIOLENT CITY a lot though.
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Paul on 20 Oct 2007 - 11:06
I've only seen this once, and that was four or five years ago, just when Blue Underground released the flick on DVD - I really liked it, have vague memories of it but seem teo remember liking it a lot though. I' really like Reed as an actor though, and I know others aren't.
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: grantwal on 20 Oct 2007 - 11:59
Wow I've got the BU and thought this one was a cracker! Go it in the two-fer with the excellent Grand Slam. Top movie for me!
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 20 Oct 2007 - 12:08
I really like this film, watched it with my parents once and my mum really liked it, don't know if it's because of the Ollie Reed factor though.
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: demented_uk on 20 Oct 2007 - 12:56
Great film this one, pity Oliver Reed did not do more Italian film work. 

While on the subject of Oliver Reed, who I was named after incidentally, anyone remember this great television moment?

http://youtube.com/watch?v=EZMXIxIQmPw (http://youtube.com/watch?v=EZMXIxIQmPw)
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Vito Cipriani on 18 Jan 2008 - 23:34
Great film this one, pity Oliver Reed did not do more Italian film work. 

While on the subject of Oliver Reed, who I was named after incidentally, anyone remember this great television moment?

http://youtube.com/watch?v=EZMXIxIQmPw (http://youtube.com/watch?v=EZMXIxIQmPw)
I vividly remember Reed's appareance on AFTER DARK during the early 1990s, when he threatened to put his 'plonker on the table' unless he was brought a plate of mushy peas  :-\ I seem to also remember him declaring 'I'm off to have a slash' before walking off the stage. (In honour of Ollie, I've used that line at work a time or two, mostly in particularly boring meetings  :D .)

There was also a funny incident when Reed was interviewed by Patrick Kielty. Kielty asked Reed how long he had been in Ireland, and Reed replied, 'How long is your dick?'

Anyway, blasts from the past aside REVOLVER is one of my favourite films, full stop. I make a ritual of rewatching this film on my birthday, and I've got the US one sheet (carrying the BLOOD IN THE STREETS title) hanging in our spare bedroom.

It's a clever reworking of the major theme of LA RESA DEI CONTI. (In fact, wasn't LA RESA DEI CONTI originally written as a contemporary thriller, and then reworked as a Western in order to capitalise on the growing popularity of the Western genre in Italy? Unless my memory is playing tricks on me, I'm sure Sollima tells this story in the interview that's contained in Koch's Sollima box set.)

It also helps that Reed is one of my favourite actors.

The closing scene brings tears to my eyes, because through his actions Reed has alienated the person for whom he has been fighting: it's classic tragedy.

Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Ben Cobb on 18 Jan 2008 - 23:45

The closing scene brings tears to my eyes, because through his actions Reed has alienated the person for whom he has been fighting: it's classic tragedy.

I agree. It must be the only Italian crime film that manages to be genuinely moving.
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: paperbag on 19 Jan 2008 - 06:44
I find MANHUNT moving in parts as I feel for Mario Adorf, and the end of VIOLENT NAPLES as well in a funny sort of way, i'm sure there are others
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 19 Jan 2008 - 08:04
I find MANHUNT moving in parts as I feel for Mario Adorf,

Agreed. He really isn't having the best of times, is he?
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 19 Jan 2008 - 10:08
I find MANHUNT moving in parts as I feel for Mario Adorf,

Agreed. He really isn't having the best of times, is he?
He realy plays it well when his wife and child are killed, in pursuit of the killer he is 100% believable as the grief stricken father out for revenge!
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Post by: Kevin Coed on 19 Jan 2008 - 10:15
That's my favourite part of the film. His relentless pursuit of the hit-man is fantastic.
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Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 19 Jan 2008 - 10:56
That's my favourite part of the film. His relentless pursuit of the hit-man is fantastic.
Me aswell :P :P :P

headbutting his way through the windcscreen, pure class.
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 19 Jan 2008 - 11:16
How long do you reckon we can carry on before Paul shouts at us for going off-topic?
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 19 Jan 2008 - 12:43
Things steer off topic in most threads and normally settle back to normal most of the time by themselves.
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Paul on 20 Jan 2008 - 10:39
What makes you think I was going to have a go for going off topic? Hahaha. I'm as guilty as anyone else!  :-\
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: K August on 26 Jan 2008 - 13:11
REVOLVER: Didn't quite know what to think since I adore FACCIA a FACCIA which REVOLVER clearly had elements of (especially in the transformation of both characters).

Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: john eastland on 17 Feb 2008 - 13:44
I love this movie.
Both Reed and Testi give stellar performances, the plot is fairly easy to grasp (unlike most Itallian thrillers) and that soundtrack is beautiful. The Blue Underground disc is great also.
Is there any other dvd versions of this movie, with even more features floating around anywhere?
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Post by: Stephen Grimes on 17 Feb 2008 - 16:47
and that soundtrack is beautiful.
Heard a little bit of the soundtrack in Lizzani's SAN BABILA the other night,took me ages to figure out what it was.
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: MikeMalloy on 18 Feb 2008 - 14:55
REVOLVER: Didn't quite know what to think since I adore FACCIA a FACCIA which REVOLVER clearly had elements of (especially in the transformation of both characters).



To me, the other Sergio Sollima film that REVOLVER resembles is THE BIG GUNDOWN -- as both movies involve an authority figure and a criminal who have to team up to beat the *real* enemy.
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: broonage on 26 Feb 2008 - 09:54
Watched the BU disk last night. Superb film, Reed is excellent in it!
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 26 Feb 2008 - 10:04
Great film and a beautiful Morricone score too ::)
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 05 Oct 2010 - 21:18
Here's some of my Revolver posters, I've had them a few years but never photographed them before.

(http://i437.photobucket.com/albums/qq98/spara73/spara2/SDC11576.jpg)(http://i437.photobucket.com/albums/qq98/spara73/spara2/SDC11575.jpg)
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 05 Oct 2010 - 21:20
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Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 05 Oct 2010 - 21:21
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Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 05 Oct 2010 - 21:23
(http://i437.photobucket.com/albums/qq98/spara73/spara2/SDC11586.jpg)

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Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 05 Oct 2010 - 21:24
This is an odd one, what did they do, mount photobusta's on it?

(http://i437.photobucket.com/albums/qq98/spara73/spara2/SDC11588.jpg)
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 05 Oct 2010 - 21:30
This is an odd one, what did they do, mount photobusta's on it?

(http://i437.photobucket.com/albums/qq98/spara73/spara2/SDC11588.jpg)
It's the envelope/sleeve the fotobuste were sent out to the cinemas in.

Great collection,don't suppose you fancy swapping them for a FAB Press CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST book? :-\
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 05 Oct 2010 - 21:37
It's the envelope/sleeve the fotobuste were sent out to the cinemas in.
I see, It's the only time I've ever seen such a thing.
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Paul on 06 Oct 2010 - 07:47
That is a great collection, mate - that locandina is my favourite though  :-X
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: gnorthcott on 06 Oct 2010 - 19:56
Great collection mate :)
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Post by: bdc on 07 Oct 2010 - 20:11
Very nice!  ;)
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Richard C on 08 Oct 2010 - 15:54
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Nice posters Aaronn. I like the way the colour goes from orange to red in the lettering.
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Post by: Collins on 07 Feb 2013 - 17:37
Love this film, im not really a fan of downbeat endings but it seemed to fit the films style more than a feel good ending would have. I think Fabio Testi and Oliver Reed were superb together in this, they had great chemistry and the soundtrack is the best of any of these films, i reckognise the main theme from somewhere.
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: WayneSmith on 07 Feb 2013 - 18:58
Love this film, im not really a fan of downbeat endings but it seemed to fit the films style more than a feel good ending would have. I think Fabio Testi and Oliver Reed were superb together in this, they had great chemistry and the soundtrack is the best of any of these films, i reckognise the main theme from somewhere.
yeah, from Inglourious basterds (title: Un Amico)
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Collins on 08 Feb 2013 - 09:17
Yeah that must be it thanks.
Title: Re: Revolver (Sergio Sollima, 1973)
Post by: Funktion on 31 Mar 2022 - 10:35
On May 16th, Revolver is getting a UK Blu-Ray release by Eureka Entertainment.

It's going to be a big day for fans of Sergio Sollima, since a Violent City Blu-Ray is also releasing on the same day (by 88 Films).

Here's the specs for this release:

*New 4K Restoration
*English and Italian audio options
*Optional English Subtitles, newly translated for this release
*Brand new audio commentary by author / critic Kim Newman
*Brand new interview with film scholar Stephen Thrower, author of Nightmare USA
*Archival interview with actor Fabio Testi
*Original Trailers and Radio Adverts
*A Limited Edition collector's booklet featuring two new essays by author Howard Hughes; one covering the background to the making of Revolver, and an extensive piece on Ennio Morricone's "Eurocrime" soundtracks
*Limited Edition O-Card slipcase

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