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The Magnificent Dare Devil (1973)

Troppo rischio per un uomo solo (original title)
A race-car driver must elude the police and two rival criminal organizations as he tries to locate a suitcase full of heroin and absolve himself of murder.


Luciano Ercoli


Ernesto Gastaldi (story), Luciano Ercoli (story) | 5 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Giuliano Gemma ... Rudy Patti
Nieves Navarro ... Nina (as Susan Scott)
Venantino Venantini ... Piero Albertini
Michael Forest ... Colonel Brauner
Stella Carnacina Stella Carnacina ... Eva
Mario Erpichini Mario Erpichini ... Mitridates
Glauco Onorato ... Grossmann
Giancarlo Zanetti Giancarlo Zanetti ... Donald
Carlo Gentili ... Inspector Forrest
Isabelle Marchall Isabelle Marchall ... Isabelle
Christa Linder ... Ingrid (as The Linder Twins)
Hansi Linder ... Helga (as The Linder Twins)
Margherita Horowitz Margherita Horowitz ... Rudy's Housekeeper
Paolo Figlia Paolo Figlia
Giovanni Cianfriglia Giovanni Cianfriglia ... Mitridates' henchman


A race-car driver must elude the police and two rival criminal organizations as he tries to locate a suitcase full of heroin and absolve himself of murder.

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Crime | Mystery


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Release Date:

20 November 1973 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Altın çocuk See more »

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Cinecompany See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Got a Ciggy?
3 March 2019 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

London-based hi-jinks in a mix of comedy and violence and bumming smokes from people.

Guiliano Gemma plays Rudi Patti, the world's best racing driver or something. He's just survived a crash and while he's tasked sidekick mechanic Venantino Venantini to fix it, he's off at his girlfriend Susan Scott's getting 'calmed down'. Gemma's a bit red blooded however, and needs to be serviced himself a further three times before he drifts off to sleep (I did laugh when Susan Scott blew a smoke ring at his crotch and he mutters 'bulls eye').

As this is somehow still the swinging sixties even though it's 1973, Gemma wakes up to find himself in the middle of a party full of strangers. Someone drugs his drink and an extremely camp fellow driving a pink Volkswagen drives him home. When he wakes up, he finds his car missing, his memory missing, and the cops waiting to ask him why the girl he was sleeping with has been murdered. Maybe it's got something to do with Gemma accidentally mixing up his identically coloured suitcase with Scott's when he picked her up from the airport?

Gemma gets thrown in jail to be abused by Nello Pazzafini while a rich businessman who's always pestering him to work for him tries to spring him, leading to some mysterious figures actually springing Gemma from jail. This leads to an on-the-run Gemma trying to clear his name, find his car, and of course bed a few ladies along the way.

There's a lot of comedy in this one, mainly from Gemma, Venantini as the horny mechanic, and the ultra-campy VCW driver. It's not too forced like some of those Spaghetti Westerns from the same era, and it's balanced out strangely by murder, savage beatings, and a really top notch car chase at the end. Plus, both Gemma and Vanantini have charm in spades and I do find that if anyone can carry these more lightweight films, it's Gemma (see Sky full of Stars for a Roof and Ben and Charlies for other examples).

The London setting works well too, and I find that Luciano Ercoli always seems to leave his mark on whatever genre he's working on, even if i'm not quite sure what the mark is.

Oh, and Gemma goes around the film tapping ciggies off everyone.

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