Trashmaster Andrea Bianchi gives us a ... somewhat trashy B Eurocrime
about mobster turf war in Palermo, Sicily.
But it's very entertaining with tons of violence and some sleaze, the
latter provided by the great Barbara Bouchet
who steals every scene she's in, and Henry Silva is harder than hard
as a mobster killer. Like Charles Bronson or
Yul Brunner with a face as if carved out of rock.
Andrea Bianchi may be most famous for his Etruscan zombies and the legendary
sweet family couple MariAngela
Giordano and Peter The Freak Bark in 1981 "Burial Ground",
but he could do mobster action and other things too.
When i first watched this film some 15 years ago the
DVD presentation was so abominable that i just couldn't enjoy
it very much, with a cropped 4:3 fullscreen ratio and poor picture quality.
Finally this fun film can be watched in
pristine quality in a 2017 scan from the original negative and with
extensive color correction (the DVD sleeve says).
Above: The Old US trash edition DVD in mono english
dub and with biographies
A heroin shipment with the stuff hidden in a dead child's
body has been caught by the police and the mob families of
the Cosa Nostra aren't happy as this crude smuggling method using a
childs body is against their family honors.
The tensions among the mobsters are rising and Don Cashemi (Vittorio
Sanipoli) sends his US trained hitman Tony,
Antonio Aniante (Henry Silva) to Palermo, Sicily to manage his business
there, to help Don Turi Scannapieco (Mario
Landi) and his family against the Don Ricuzzo Cantimo, Rico (Fausto
Tozzi) family in their vendetta-like smuggling war.
But Rico (a fine Fausto Tozzi) tries too make Tony to
cross sides in the smuggling turf war and a bait could be Tony's
american ex-prostitute wife Margie (Barbara Bouchet) and she gives a
delightful sluttish performance, and she could be
the only slightly likeable person in this film as everyone else are
Well, she's mistreated in a bad way when Tony brutally rapes her. Tony
is a misogynist Pig. Barbara Bouchet gives
a great performance as the damaged ex-hooker and she's truly one of
the great Eurocrime actresses of the 1960's-70's.
You can almost feel the heat of the Sicilian summer
and Tony sweats profusely all through the film with giant sweat
stains showing on his shirts. Tony is a violent man, a very violent
man, who uses a steamroller to run over two of his
victims (is this a H. G. Lewis movie?) and he likes to whip a woman
before he rapes her - he's not likeable at all.
One of Don Turi Scannapieco's sons, the muscular one, is played by Pietro
Torrisi that once was Mr. Universe, and
he's a guy you recognize in many a very small part in Italian movies,
as i.a. in the Pam Grier and Margaret Markov
female gladiator trash masterpiece "The Arena" and he acted
in 138 films says IMDB.
This is not a Poliziotteschi but a Eurocrime Mafia Action, and a highly
enjoyable such. I would even consider it the
my favourite Andrea Bianchi movie.
This crisp Blu-ray presents the film in 2.35:1 widescreen
with an english audio dub DTS-HD MA 2.0 and with only
the US original trailer and the US opening credits as extras
Andrea and Mario Bianchi - related ?
Regarding the Bianchi's it took me until 2020-07-28
to finally grasp that the Bianchi's were namesakes only and not related.
Andrea (1925-2013) and Mario (born 1939 and still alive when writing
this), had the same family name and made the same type
of Euro Trash Cinema (with the difference that Mario made a lot of porno
movies .... and often with swedish actress Marina
Hedman in them) so i guess others have made the same mistake as i did.
OK, they may not have been brothers but they were
surely The Kings of Euro Trash film, The Namesake Brothers.
Eeeh, sorry, Andrea actually made some adult films too, i see now in
the latter stages of his directing career, and with Marina
Hedman in some too. So, it's perfectly understandable that one mistakes
them being brothers or related in some other way.