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Violent City (1970)

Città violenta (original title)
A hitman is double-crossed by his girlfriend and barely escapes a murder attempt. He then sets out to take his revenge on the woman and the gang boss who put her up to it.

Director:

Sergio Sollima

Writers:

Dino Maiuri (story), Massimo De Rita (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Bronson ... Jeff Heston
Telly Savalas ... Al Weber
Jill Ireland ... Vanessa Shelton
Umberto Orsini ... Steve
Michel Constantin ... Killain
Ray Saunders ... Prisoner (as Ray Sanders)
Benjamin Lev Benjamin Lev ... Jeff's Mate
Peter Dane Peter Dane ... Television Host
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Storyline

After a bloody double-cross leaves him for dead, professional hit man Jeff tracks the shooter and his beautiful mistress to New Orleans. But when Jeff takes both revenge and the woman, he finds himself blackmailed by a powerful crime boss 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. Written by Edwin van Oorschot <info@edwinvanoorschot.nl>

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In a city set to explode, one man has just lit the fuse See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 February 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Violent City See more »

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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to the DVD sleeve notes, this film on DVD "has been transferred from the original camera negative and is presented complete and uncut". See more »

Goofs

There is no toilet in the jail cell. See more »

Quotes

Vanessa Shelton: [found the negatives in the bureau] Are these the ones, Jeff?
[hands them to him]
Jeff Heston: [quickly checking] Burn them.
Al Weber: [as she starts getting rid of the evidence] Uhm. Good girl.
[knowing what must follow:]
Al Weber: And now you'd better send her off, Jeff. Vanessa, she... hates violence. Don't you, darling?
Jeff Heston: Okay. You remember everything, Vanessa?
Vanessa Shelton: Hotel Jericho. Miss Brown. Hurry, darling.
[starts leaving]
Al Weber: Vanessa!
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The end titles are brief, lasting little more than thirty seconds, accompanied by Ennio Morricone's dramatic theme. The credits run out after a mentioning of a wig supplier. Blank screen. The theme music continues gloriously, till eventual completion. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Anchor Bay DVD version restores eight minutes of footage originally cut by United Artists for the U.S. release. Because these scenes were never dubbed into English, they are presented in their original Italian language with English subtitles. See more »

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Referenced in Natural Born Killers (1994) See more »

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VIOLENT CITY (Sergio Sollima, 1970) **1/2
24 July 2007 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Director Sollima first forsook the Western genre with this stylish gangster drama: its complex revenge plot is, basically, a combination of two seminal American noirs – OUT OF THE PAST (1947) and POINT BLANK (1967). The end result is overlong and deliberately-paced – but the second half generates considerable tension, and the action sequences (particularly the opening car chase, a racing-car ‘accident’ and the climactic shoot-out in a rising elevator which, incidentally, are all the more effective for being completely dialogue-free) are undeniably well-staged and exciting.

The film also provided its star, Charles Bronson, with a virtual template for all his subsequent vehicles; though his real-life wife Jill Ireland (who appears in a surprising number of nude scenes) doesn’t quite cut it as a femme fatale, the couple’s chemistry is more than evident and gives credence to the on/off romance which essentially drives the narrative. Also in the cast: Telly Savalas (in his all-too-typical role of crime kingpin), Umberto Orsini (as a shady lawyer) and Michel Constantin (as Bronson’s ageing junkie pal). Beneficial, too, is the unusual New Orleans setting – and the remaining credentials are certainly imposing: “Euro Cult” fixture Ennio Morricone’s score is excellent (but, again, the main theme is awfully similar to that of REVOLVER [1973] and THE UNTOUCHABLES [1987]!); renowned cinematographer Aldo Tonti; and, most astonishingly, co-screenwriter Lina Wertmuller.

The DVD features an informative 15-minute interview with Sollima, in which he discusses how he became involved with the project: invariably, he had found the original script terrible but was eventually lured by the opportunity of a U.S. shoot, mentions that the lead roles were originally intended for Jon Voight and Sharon Tate(!), and even recalls an amusing anecdote which sums up Morricone’s attitude to films.


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