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Violent City (The Family)(Città violenta)

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Eric Henderson Slant Magazine Charles Bronson gets screwed over in Violent City. In fact, he gets screwed over so many times that the film loses track of its internal timeline. Rated: 2/4 Mar 23, 2008 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy A Charles Bronson vehicle that hardly ranks among his best. Rated: 2/4 May 27, 2022 Full Review Ed Travis Cinapse Violent City is a pretty exemplary entry among a long list of films of its ilk to come out of Italy in the late 1960s through the 1980s. May 20, 2022 Full Review Chuck O'Leary Fantastica Daily Rated: 3/5 Oct 9, 2005 Full Review Tony Toscano Talking Pictures (U.S.) Rated: 2/5 Sep 26, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Never ever fuck over Bronson. Savalas is perfectly cast as a mob boss and the Morricone soundtrack is fantastic. Only Bronson could pull off that climax. Would really like to see a complete restored version, though. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Ei niin hyvä kuin oletin. Kolme pistettä pappa Bronsonille. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Professional hit man Heston (Bronson) gets double-crossed by his manipulative lover (Ireland), who sets him up to take the fall for a murder. Once out of prison, he seeks revenge on those behind it and eventually comes under the control of New Orleans mob boss Weber (Savalas), who has his own plans for Heston. Typical Eurocrime thriller has one knockout car chase sequence, a great Ennio Morricone score, and some interesting location photography. As usual, Bronson dominates the movie by sheer physical presence, reducing the other actors to just scenery. Savalas has fun with his cameo role, with Ireland's turn as femme fatale just OK. She's better in scenes where she doesn't speak, as her line delivery leaves a lot to be desired. Credit director Sollima with trying to make this more than what it is, though the political undercurrent he seeks will mostly come across to Italians. The final sequence is nicely done, with no dialogue or music. Charles Bronson fans will rate this higher, with the uncut DVD presentation likely to make more sense than the U.S. theatrical release. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Often having the characters speak Italian for no reason is one of the many faults of Violent City aka The Family. Charles Bronson plays a hitman for the mafia who goes to jail when a rival hitman attempts to kill him. Upon release, he seeks out his old girlfriend who has gotten married to Jeff's (Bronson) boss. There isn't much thrills or action to be had, just a few good scenes with telly Savalas and the lawyer character. Its a pretty standard thriller with not a lot of style or bite. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member After a bloody double-cross leaves him for dead, professional hit man Jeff (Charles Bronson) tracks the and his beautiful mistress (Jill Ireland) to New Orleans. But when Jeff takes both revenge and the woman, he finds himself blackmailed by a powerful crime boss (Telly Savalas) who wants the fiercely independent gunman to join his organization. Jeff refuses, and is hunted through an unforgiving city where love is like a loaded gun and debts of vengeance are paid in bullets. also stars Umberto Orsini, Michel Constantin, George Savalas, Peter Dane, Benjamin Levy and Ray Saunders. directed by Sergio Sollima. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member I have lived withe the soundtrack of this movie for a couple of years now but I haven't seen the actual movie until now. The score of this movie is possible the strongest set of music to a movie that Ennio Morricone has ever done (And he's mad quite a few soundtracks to say the least) The movie therefor gets impossible expectations to live up to. I watch a copy of the movie sometimes dubbed in english with dutch subtitles and sometimes in italian subtitled in english. Theses manoevers often take place in the same very scene but nevertheless a quite interesting movie appears through the lines. The initial car chase scene that takes 10 minutes or so, withsout any talking lines at all is a classic 5 star experinence, then the movie goes a bit up and down and loses pace here and there, but is never boring. Bronson is like Bronson is most times. He's silent or mutters things or kill people. Terry Savalas on the other hand plays a thug boss that never shuts up. Over all good movie in the carebean or i the US made of Italians but with anglo-american cast, but as good as the first car chase, no unforntually not. And the music, god, the music, to say it again, Morricones best work. Ennio Morricone goes The Stooges and back Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Sergio Sollima