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The Tough Ones (1976)

Roma a mano armata (original title)
R | | Action, Crime, Drama | July 1978 (USA)
A tough, rule-bending cop pursues a maniacal, trigger-happy hunchback, a one-handed bank robber and their cronies in an effort to bring Rome's most powerful crime lord to justice.

Director:

Umberto Lenzi

Writers:

Umberto Lenzi (story), Dardano Sacchetti (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurizio Merli ... Inspector Leonardo Tanzi
Arthur Kennedy ... Superintendent Ruini
Giampiero Albertini Giampiero Albertini ... Commissioner Francesco Caputo
Ivan Rassimov ... Tony Parenzo
Biagio Pelligra Biagio Pelligra ... Savelli
Aldo Barberito Aldo Barberito ... Detective Poliani
Stefano Patrizi ... Stefano
Luciano Pigozzi ... Moretto's Henchman
Luciano Catenacci Luciano Catenacci ... Ferdinando Gerace
Carlo Alighiero Carlo Alighiero ... Savelli's Lawyer
Carlo Gaddi Carlo Gaddi ... Oronzo / Theodore
Claudio Nicastro ... Fence
Valentino Macchi Valentino Macchi ... Franco
Alessandra Cardini Alessandra Cardini ... Sandra Moretto (as Sandra Cardini)
Gabriella Lepori ... Marta Assante
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Storyline

A tough, rule-bending cop pursues a maniacal, trigger-happy hunchback, a one-handed bank robber and their cronies in an effort to bring Rome's most powerful crime lord to justice.

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He lives by the law - Tanzi's Law See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

July 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Assault with a Deadly Weapon See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Terry Levene distributed this film in the late 1970s, he replaced a few of the establishing shots with those of American locations. For an establishing shot of the Rome youth center where Tanzi meets Stefano, Levine used a shot of the Manhattan nightclub "Fascination". Strangely enough, in the later Umberto Lenzi film From Corleone to Brooklyn (1979) (which also starred Maurizio Merli as an Italian policeman), Merli drives by the club "Fascination" after he arrives in New York. See more »

Quotes

Commissioner Leonardo Tanzi: [Holds up a football score card] Is it yours?
Stefano: No, it's your sister's.
Commissioner Leonardo Tanzi: [Beating him up] I'll make you forget women for the rest of your life, damn it! You fucking stupid son of a bitch! I'd like to see you do it again, you know!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are played while the camera in first person view mode (From a criminal's POV) drives through Rome looking at banks and building societies and leaves the city through a long, dark tunnel as the credits end. See more »

Alternate Versions

The American release by Aquarius Distribution entitled "Assault with a Deadly Weapon" is missing the first 10 minutes, the beginning credits, and the ending credits. The American version also has several of the scenes reshot so that the originally Italian words on buildings and on people's notes appear in English. Also, the beginning credits list a variety of made-up Americanized names and credit Terry Levene (the head of Aquarius Distribution) as the film's producer. See more »


Soundtracks

Se l'averebbe saputo (If he'd known)
Composed by Roberto Donati (as Donati) and Fiamma Maglione (as Maglione)
Sung by Fiamma Maglione
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Almost a Cult
29 December 2007 | by buonanotteSee all my reviews

Sometimes I think that what really takes you into this movies is... the tune. At the beginning you see an "Alfetta" driven by a guy wearing a red and black scarf, some creepy skyscrapers in the background while the credits appear on the bottom right of the screen. You feel just surrounded by a massive soundtrack and you smile. I wonder if it used to feel the same in the seventies. I've seen only another Lenzi's movie. "Milano odia. La polizia non puo' sparare" has got a similar plot (Same subject, to be honest) but the director chose to put the criminal as the protagonist. In "Roma a mano armata" the policeman is violent and aggressive, in "Milano odia" the outlaw is a sort of victim of the system. It looks like the fight against criminality gets tougher day after day. The cinematographic relevance of these movies is their success in celebrating the action. But I found in Lenzi's a strong attention in the sociological issues related to his stories. His characters have got a good inner nature, they seem like gotten worse because bred in a hard environment. Finally, it is just amazing how a 31 years old film is still perfectly enjoyable and that is probably due to a neat and careful direction.


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