Aaaah, YES! A Turkish 1970's genre film
co-produced with Italy and shot in Istanbul with a mix of international
actors. I just love such stuff.
But, NOOO! Forget about a decent release on DVD or Blu-ray
of a gem like this. There's only a scratchy and blurry alternative market
available. This alt. market edition seems to be a composite version
spliced together of approx. 76 minutes of a turkish audio version and
minutes of an italian version. The turkish audio version is very scratched,
blurry and with washy colors and has english subtitles. The italian
inserts are of better quality. So this is what we have, a maybe 2nd
generation VHS rip of this forgotten and very obscure gem.
Directed by Guido Zurli under alias Frank Sanders and
with Piero Fabiani under his alias Peter Fabian, and the latter gives
a very, VERY intense
role portrayal of a psychopatic desperado on the loose. When you see
him you think of David Hess in Ruggero Deodato's 1980 La casa sperduta
nel parco, and maybe Deodato watched this 1977 obscurity before directing
his House. A criminal harassing rich people in a big house.
Turkish film hero Tarik Akan plays the tough cop, Giorgio Ardisson his
cop boss, Karin Well (or Wilma Truccoli) and Colette Descombes plays
the 2 harassed women, turkish actress Yonca Yücel is a nightclub
dancer and Nevzat Okcugil can be seen as a comic relief neighbour.
Wilma Truccoli alias Karin Well as Asuman (or Barbara
in the italian dubb). Karin Well from i.a. Andrea Bianchi's Burial Ground
Colette Descombes as Neval
But, first a little digression ....
Spanish and Turkish 1970's movies .... WOW! The Iberian
atmosphere and the swinging turkish still secular 1970's. I would love
to see them
all, the genre films. Horror, Giallo, Eurocrime and Fantasy action.
Many spanish gems have been released on discs in fine quality, DVD and
on Blu-ray, as most of the Paul Naschy ones but the turkish ones ....
not so. I only know of one, the Amazing fantasy action Tarkan vs. the
Vikings released on DVD by US Mondo Macabro some 10-15 years ago, one
of the most hilariously entertaining films i've ever seen.
Tarkan Viking Kani, 1971 - with Kartal Tibet and Eva Bender
Kartal Tibet, the turkish hero of fantastic film and Eva Bender - the,
in Sweden, as yet unknown Swedish heroine of turkish 1960's - 70's films.
In Athens, Greece, the great Bill Barounis (R.I.P. 2011) behind Onar
Films once tried to make turkish cult films known to the rest of the
The big problem though, that proper film sources, elements 35 mm, were
missing and probably lost forever, and i guess that old scratchy VHS
copies are the only sources to be found today ? I'm not sure though,
maybe there are decent releases on DVD in Turkey of these beloved old
cult classics. I hope so (see more about some of these films on my Turkish
Film Page; Follow the link on my Start page)
So, back to the film Cani - Polizia Selvaggia
The film starts with a failed jeweller robbery and the
Istanbul police chases the thieves on the roofs of the Grand Bazaar
just below the Haga
Sophia, predating similar chase scenes in James Bond and other action
In the beginning of this film we get to see a typical work day for the
crime division cops Ekrem and Murat (Tarik Akan) and
soon the hunt is on
for one of the robbers, Ahmet Tarapiya (Piero Fabiani).
Ahmet, a psychotic desperado that wants to be feared and become a famous
He robs and kills a man to get his briefcase (full of money) and then
kills Murat's friend Ekrem. A dragnet is set up for Istanbul to get
and a desperate Ahmet home invades a big house in the richer parts of
Istanbul and takes the residents of the mansion as hostages, the blind
house-owner Osman, his daughter Asuman and her aunt Neval. Then terror
enfolds as Ahmet submits them to degradation and death
Also, there's a nice atmospherical chase scene in the
almost dilapidated looking parts of the Istanbul docks. Very recommended
As i mentioned above, this film seems to be some sort
of composite with appr. 76 minutes of the turkish audio version with
english subs, and
this main part looks like a poor VHS transfer with lots and lots of
scratches and with washed out colors, and with appr. 10 minutes of italian
scenes looking like taken from a DVD maybe or from a good VHS copy.
This is an alternative market release of the Turkish version.
It's co-produced with Italy as can be seen when people drink J&B
whisky, and probably a different italian version exists.