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Street Law (1974)

Il cittadino si ribella (original title)
Carlo Antonelli, an engineer from Genoa, gets mugged and decides to take justice into his own hands. At first the muggers seem to get the upper hand, but then he's helped by Tommy, a young robber who takes his side.

Director:

Enzo G. Castellari

Writers:

Massimo De Rita (story), Dino Maiuri (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Franco Nero ... Carlo Antonelli
Giancarlo Prete ... Tommy
Barbara Bach ... Barbara
Renzo Palmer Renzo Palmer ... Police Inspector
Nazzareno Zamperla Nazzareno Zamperla ... Carlo's Assailant with Beard
Massimo Vanni ... Carlo's Assailant with Unibrow
Romano Puppo ... Ringleader of Carlo's Assailants
Renata Zamengo Renata Zamengo ... Cavallo
Franco Borelli Franco Borelli ... Borelli
Mauro Vestri Mauro Vestri ... Bar Italia Bartender
Luigi Antonio Guerra Luigi Antonio Guerra ... Gianni Rubei (as Luigi Guerra)
Adriana Facchetti Adriana Facchetti ... Bum
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Storyline

Carlo Antonelli, an engineer from Genoa, gets mugged and decides to take justice into his own hands. At first the muggers seem to get the upper hand, but then he's helped by Tommy, a young robber who takes his side.

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Action | Thriller

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Country:

Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

13 February 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Street Law See more »

Filming Locations:

Genoa, Liguria, Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technospes)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On the commentary for the Blue-Underground DVD release, Director/Blue-Underground president William Lustig told director Enzo G. Castellari that "Il Cittadino si rubella" was the inspiration for his film Vigilante (1982). They both started laughing because "Il Cittadino si rubella" was retitled "Vigilante II" when released on video in the United Kingdom. This means the film that inspired the other illogically became its "sequel." See more »

Goofs

After two young thugs hit Franco Nero's car and threaten him, a boom mike is reflected in their car as they drive off. See more »

Quotes

Tommy: [Tommy felt unconscious and almost bleed to death, after being shot by the group of muggers] Hah, we made it... We got rid of them.
Carlo Antonelli: Hah, you bet your ass.
Tommy: [Carlo put unconscious Tommy aside from the bulldozer] The garage. I deserve... my down payment, huh?
Carlo Antonelli: You sure do. We are going to open the biggest garage of all time. You'll be famous. Big Tommy, a real personality, and all the girls will come to your garage just to see Big Tommy!
Tommy: [still straining] Jesus... What a big garage you found...
Carlo Antonelli: Yeah.
Tommy: ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

US VHS release (renamed Street Law) is heavily cut (77 min's). Compared to the UK home video releases it is almost 24 min's shorter (when converted to PAL speed). DVD by Blue Underground is uncut. See more »

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Featured in Laying Down the Law (2006) See more »

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re: Enzo G. Castellari-The Italian Master!
20 May 2006 | by andrewlapointeSee all my reviews

"Street Law" (1974) is one of Italian genre director Enzo G. Castellari's many crime thrillers. Italian superstar Franco Nero plays an ordinary citizen who is temporarily taken hostage and beaten by a group of sadistic bank robbers. He tells his story to the police who blow him off after accusing him of being reckless in fighting back with such dangerous criminals. Good old Nero decides to take the law into his own hands and stage a war with the thugs, against the wishes of his girlfriend (Barbara "Mrs. Ringo Starr" Bach) Director Castellari is credited as being one of the pioneers of the crime/police thriller genre in Italy. He proves to be ingenious in his simple mastery of action sequence staging. His use of Peckinpah-style slow mo is also damn exciting. The editing and cinematography are also very striking! Another plus is the catchy rock score by Guido and Maurizio De Angelis that adds real punch to the great opening credit sequence.

"Street Law" isn't exactly a stand-out or a distinctive piece of cinema in the endless array of action movies from around the world, but Castellari sure as hell is!


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