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Street People (1976)

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A Mafia boss is enraged when he is suspected of smuggling a heroin shipment into San Francisco. He dispatches his nephew, a hotshot Anglo-Sicilian lawyer, to identify the real culprit. The ... See full summary »

Directors:

Maurizio Lucidi, Guglielmo Garroni (as William Garroni)

Writers:

Roberto Leoni (story), Franco Bucceri (story) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roger Moore ... Ulisse
Stacy Keach ... Charlie Hanson
Ivo Garrani Ivo Garrani ... Salvatore Francesco
Fausto Tozzi ... Luigi Nicoletta
Ennio Balbo Ennio Balbo ... Continenza
Loretta Persichetti Loretta Persichetti ... Hannah
Pietro Martellanza Pietro Martellanza ... Pano
Luigi Casellato Luigi Casellato ... Pete
Romano Puppo ... Fortunate
Rosemarie Lindt Rosemarie Lindt ... Salvatore's girlfriend
Aldo Rendine Aldo Rendine
Emilio Vale Emilio Vale
Salvatore Torrisi Salvatore Torrisi
Franco Fantasia Franco Fantasia ... Priest
Ettore Manni ... Il padre Frank
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Storyline

A Mafia boss is enraged when he is suspected of smuggling a heroin shipment into San Francisco. He dispatches his nephew, a hotshot Anglo-Sicilian lawyer, to identify the real culprit. The lawyer also enlists the aid of his best friend, a grand prix driver with an adventurous streak. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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Gang War ... And the Hunting Season Has Opened in the Naked City! See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

17 September 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Street People See more »

Filming Locations:

Sausalito, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tony Curtis was first approached to play the part of Ulisse. See more »

Goofs

The windshield on Ulisse's car is blown completely out when the hit man fires his first shot at it, but when the hit man approaches the vehicle moments later, the windshield is now intact but heavily cracked. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Hanson: Excuse me sweetheart, can you tell me where the powdered milk is?
Grocery Store Cashier: Row four, behind the sugar, in front of the flour. Pasteurized, pulverized, reconstituted, dehydrated and skimmed; add water, stir, tastes like shit.
Charlie Hanson: ...thanks.
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Referenced in Roger Moore: My Word Is My Bond (2006) See more »

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Lilla (Theme)
Written and Performed by Luis Bacalov And Orchestra
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From Sicily with Love (and a cross full of heroin)
20 August 2019 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Back in the 70s everything was possible; - just ask Sir Roger Moore! Shooting a down & dirty Italian mafia/gangster exploitation thriller in between two major James Bond productions? Sure, why not! In "Street People", the über-British Moore supposedly plays a half-Sicilian counsellor based in San Francisco. If you can believe that, the rest of the overly silly, far-fetched and pointlessly convoluted plot shouldn't be too difficult to accept, neither. The opening sequences are impressive, for certain. In the San Franciscan harbor, a massive Jesus' cross arrives in a container from Sicily. It's a gift to the local church, by the former mafia don Salvatore Francesco, but it turns out the hollowed cross was stuffed with heroin and three innocent harbor workers were killed during unloading. Furious over the accusation that the supposedly unaware Salvatore abuses the church to smuggle drugs into America, he assigns his nephew Ulisse to investigate who organized the drug-transport. Ulisse, at his turn, calls in the help of his buddy Charlie, who's a totally reckless and unscrupulous race car driver and thrill seeker. During their search, many double-crossings and nasty family secrets come to the surface, though.

The script of "Street People" (aka "The Man from the Organization" and about half a dozen other alternate titles) seriously lacks structure and coherence, but it also contains many clever little ideas and a handful of near-genius action sequences. I agree with what most reviewers mentioned already, namely that Stacy Keach steals the show as the pleasantly deranged Charlie. The "test drive" scene is unforgettable and there's another very spectacular and insane chase sequence with colossal trucks towards the climax. During this chase, you can clearly spot that the stunt drivers don't nearly resemble Roger Moore and Stacy Keach, but who cares? The flashback footage to Sicily in the 1930s is so exaggeratedly melodramatic, due to the slow-motion filming and the harrowing music, that it almost becomes hilarious!


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