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09-07-2002, 02:54 PM
HIGH CRIME (1973)
RABID DOGS (1974)
VIOLENT ROME (1975)
BEAST WITH A GUN (1977)
HITCH HIKE (1977)
Are these among the best Italian crime movies? Anything that should be added to this list or taken away?
09-07-2002, 03:34 PM
I haven't seen too many of these films, but RABID DOGS is a terrific film - too bad that edition of the film no longer exists. The new cut, KIDNAPPED, doesn't sound too hot...
09-07-2002, 05:29 PM
You can still order the original version on PAL-DVD from Astro under the title "Wild dogs" which includes the original italian and the dubbed german audio track but unfortunatley no subtitles. You could order the DVD for example at www.dtm.at (click on DVDs, than "W" and than you could see "Wild dogs").
R. Michael Terry
09-07-2002, 08:00 PM
COP IN BLUE JEANS(1976) and the rest of the Bruno Corbucci /Tomas Milian "Nico Giraldi series" entertaining and at times odd stuff!
VIOLENT PROTECTION (1976) and
ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON (1976)
FROM CORLEONE TO BROOKLYN(1978)
some of Lenzi's overlooked gems
and some of the best in the italian crime genre
J Dewey Wallis
09-08-2002, 02:05 PM
Not to mention Castellari/Nero films like- Day of the Cobra, Street Law, High Crime...
and other films like Masters Touch, Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man, Kidnap Syndicate, Italian Connection, Blazing Magnum, The Executioner, Violent Rome, Violent Napoli, Convoy Busters, and The Cynic, The Rat, and the Fist, to name a few.
R. Michael Terry
09-08-2002, 04:52 PM
Is a Great genre crossing film and features the funniest kung-fu fighting transvestites ever captured on film!
09-09-2002, 12:13 PM
The few Italian Crime films, Which I have seen are The Boss, Milano Calibre 9, The Smuggler, Rabid Dogs, and Beast with a Gun.
Milano Calibre 9 is an excellent little Italian crime flick with a whopper of a double plot twist at the end of the film.
09-11-2002, 01:44 PM
The Boss is a violent entertaining Italian varaition on Melville's Le Samurai with a couple of moments that foreshadows John Woo's The Killer.
Dawn of D
09-12-2002, 12:19 AM
THE SMUGGLER(a.ka. Contraband) is one of the greatest crime films ever from Fulci.
09-12-2002, 12:21 AM
What about the Kriminal series? I always seem to hear about them.
09-13-2002, 12:34 PM
The new cut of Kidnapped is awful! I wish that Leone preversed the Rabid Dogs cut as I feel that was most faithful to the original version of Bava's.
09-14-2002, 01:01 PM
I have a bargin bin vhs of a film called "Mr Scarface" starring jack Pallance, Ed Purdom and Al Cliver. Not too sure about the orig. title, but the film is pretty sweet. Pallance gets top billing on the box, but Cliver gets more screen time. The plot deals with two small-time hoods who take on the big boys of the mafia (represented by ol' Jack). Purdom is the old timer who helps them on their quest. there's more to the film than that (a revenge subplot and some great fight scenes where Cliver tries to collet protection money), but it's been a couple months since my last viewing. Definitely worth five bucks!
11-04-2002, 09:13 PM
Many of the best of Italian Crime flicks are esstentially in need of good DVD releases in their complete glory.
11-05-2002, 02:49 PM
THE BIG RACKET (Enzo Castellari) featuring Fabio Testi (and Vincent Gardenia forchrissakes) is excellent. A remarkable and very violent climax of reknown.
I read some sort of remark concerning an upcoming release of THE BIG RACKET on DVD. Does anyone know anything about it?
11-05-2002, 11:38 PM
Lenzi is indeed a master of the genre check out Almost Human, and Tough Ones the Boss and Mean Machine are also good. I couldn't find the out of print Rabid Dogs but got the CDR Bootleg from The Digital Terror for 12.00 A beautiful print too, hopefully one of these DVD companies will get around to releasing these films uncut sometime in the future
05-04-2005, 04:35 PM
There are still more Italian crime films I would like to see.
05-05-2005, 12:24 AM
My favourites so far:
Violent Naples (Lenzi)
Cynic, the rat, and the fist (Lenzi)
Violent Professionals (Martino)
La Polizia Ringrazia (Steno)
Milano Calibro 9 (Fernando Di Leo)
Almost Human (Lenzi)
(And really waiting to see Rabid Dogs-heard it will be released in 2006 in its definitive version)
05-05-2005, 01:03 AM
I reckon Rabid Dogs is best by a long sht, though I'm really excited by the two NoShame releases which I haven't seen yet, and will prolly buy sight unseen.
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