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Syndicate Sadists (1975)

Il giustiziere sfida la città (original title)
R | | Action, Crime, Drama | April 1976 (USA)
A biker's brother is killed while investigating the kidnapping of a young boy, the byproduct of a war between two crime families. The biker vows to get revenge by finding the kidnapped boy and destroying the two families.

Director:

Umberto Lenzi

Writers:

Vincenzo Mannino (screenplay), Vincenzo Mannino (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomas Milian ... Rambo
Joseph Cotten ... Paternò
Maria Fiore Maria Fiore ... Maria Scalia
Mario Piave Mario Piave ... Pino Scalia
Luciano Catenacci Luciano Catenacci ... Conti
Guido Alberti Guido Alberti ... Owner of Billiard Salon
Femi Benussi ... Flora
Silvano Tranquilli ... Dr. Marco Marsili
Shirley Corrigan ... Conti's mistress
Antonio Casale ... Philip Duval
Rosario Borelli Rosario Borelli ... One of Paterno's men
Luciano Pigozzi ... One of Conti's men
Mario Novelli ... Franco
Bruno Di Luia Bruno Di Luia ... One of Conti's men
Giuseppe Castellano ... One of Conti's men
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A biker's brother is killed while investigating the kidnapping of a young boy, the byproduct of a war between two crime families. The biker vows to get revenge by finding the kidnapped boy and destroying the two families. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

April 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rambo's Revenge See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film predates First Blood (1982), the film which introduced audiences to the John Rambo of David Morrell by seven years. Tomas Milian happened to read David Morrell's novel while flying from the U.S. to Rome. Loving the story he tried to talk some Italian producers into making a film out of it, with him starring as John Rambo. Nothing came of this, but he was allowed to use the Rambo moniker in the next poliziottesco he starred in, Syndicate Sadists (1975). The film does not borrow elements from the novel, with Umberto Lenzi stating he was more influenced by the crime films of Don Siegel. See more »

Quotes

Rambo: Listen, Conti; life is just one hole. You start from a hole, you feed yourself through a hole, you shit from a hole, you finish up in a hole. And the one in this barrel can put you into that last hole.
Conti: I don't believe you'd pull that trigger.
Rambo: The chamber's loaded with dum-dums. If I put one in your brain, they'll have to re-paper the walls.
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Alternate Versions

US unrated DVD misses about two minutes of footage: when the mother of the kidnapped boy comes home and a bunch of reporters await her, Paterno's goons searching for Rambo in a pub, two reaction shots. This omission is also present in the UK Blu-Ray Edition from 88 Films. See more »

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The Euro-Henchman Collective vs. Tomas Milian as a grubby Serpico-style system-fighting motorcycle hero
14 July 2017 | by AylmerSee all my reviews

A decidedly lighter tone lingers in Tomas Milian and Umberto Lenzi's next pairing after the dark and demented MILANO ODIA. This time around, Milian plays Rambo, a drifter who rides on a motorcycle from town to town teaching things to kids and reluctantly getting involved in anti-gang activities. Once his goofball security guard friend gets killed after snooping around a little too close to a kidnapping scheme, Rambo decides to hatch his own Yojibo-like plan to get all the local gangs to kill each other. However, they unexpectedly prove slightly smarter than you'd expect and end up teaming up to fight together against our hero, albeit with no better results than they'd have otherwise.

Right from the get-go, I knew it was going to be good just judging by the opening credits and how many of the usual "Euro-Henchmen" receive top billing. Riccardo Petrazzi, Adolfo Lastretti, Bruno Di Luia, Mario Novelli, Benito Pacifico, Claudio Ruffini, Giuseppe Castellano, and Luciano Pigozzi would go on to make type-cast careers as henchmen and goons throughout the rest of the 70's owing largely to how well this movie worked out. Even Antonio Casale, the "Brion James" of Italian 70's crime movies, pops by to lend us another sweaty, ugly face for our hero to beat to a pulp and put a bullet in. Sadly we're missing only Nello Pazzafini, Biagio Pelligra, Bruno Corazzari, any Dell'Acqua's, Peverello's, or Sal's Borghese and Billa. Toss in a Sergio Smacchi and our henchman reunion would be complete.

With all the potential and solid cast of villains for Rambo to beat up and shoot, the film doesn't quite hit the high notes that later films like VIOLENT NAPLES or ROME ARMED TO THE TEETH would the next year. There's a distractingly silly Micalizzi score and the plot contains enough holes and slow spots to take this down a notch. Best for genre completists or those interested in seeing the true genesis of Milian's later "Nico Giraldi" character. Notable mostly for a demented scene in which a female character gets unintentionally beaten to death by a gang of clueless hit-men.


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