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Brothers Till We Die (1978)

La banda del gobbo (original title)
A hunchbacked gangster is betrayed by his gang during a robbery, and plots his revenge with the help of his no-good brother.

Director:

Umberto Lenzi

Writers:

Umberto Lenzi (story and screenplay), Tomas Milian (dialogue: 'Il Gobbo' and 'Er Monnezza')
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomas Milian ... Vincenzo Marazzi 'Il Gobbo' / Sergio Marazzi 'Er Monnezza'
Pino Colizzi Pino Colizzi ... Commissario Sarti
Isa Danieli ... Maria - prostitute
Sal Borgese ... Milo Dragovic 'Albanese'
Luciano Catenacci ... Adalberto Maria Perrone
Solvi Stubing Solvi Stubing ... Marika Engver - embassy clerk (as Solvy Stubing)
Guido Leontini Guido Leontini ... Mario Di Gennaro - 'Sogliola'
Francesco D'Adda Francesco D'Adda ... The Bespectacled Psychiatrist
Fulvio Mingozzi Fulvio Mingozzi ... Commissioner Mingozzi
Carlo Gaddi Carlo Gaddi ... Faina' - Gobbos friend
Alessandra Cardini Alessandra Cardini ... (as Sandra Cardini)
Livio Galassi Livio Galassi ... Giggi - Gobbo's friend
Pierangelo Civera Pierangelo Civera ... Agente Romeo Esposito (as Angelo Civera)
Nello Pazzafini Nello Pazzafini ... Carmine Ciacci
Franco Odoardi Franco Odoardi ... The Chief Psychiatrist
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Vincenzo 'hunchback' plans a robbery on a armored police van with his gang. Once the job is done, his gang try to kill him and absconds with the loot. Vincenzo hides in the sewers before looking up his friend Monezza who the police later interrogate for his involvement with vincenzo. Meanwhile, Vincenzo is getting revenge on his gang by killing them off one at the time in his various brutal ways. Written by wxjuh

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BROTHERS TILL WE DIE (Umberto Lenzi, 1978) **
2 September 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Tomas Milian stars in this poliziottesco and he plays a dual role as scumbag twin brothers!; given that I too have a twin brother, I could totally relate to their love/hate relationship!

The lead character is a creepy-looking hunchbacked gangster (sort of a cross between Richard III and John Barrymore's Hyde in the 1920 version of DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE!) - who, actually, had already featured in Lenzi's ROME ARMED TO THE TEETH (1976); his brother is the dim-witted and more overtly comical "Monnezza", decked out in bum's clothing and sporting a particularly ridiculous Afro-wig (for him, this was the third and last appearance)! This is the first film I've watched for either of them and all I can say is that I was a lot more intrigued by the antics of The Hunchback...

The action scenes (often involving The Hunchback alone as "Monnezza" is useless in such situations - though he gets the last laugh!) deliver the goods but, even if the latter's low brand of comedy never really takes centre-stage, the film is still unbalanced by these scenes (though one in particular is quite inspired - when he's brought in for questioning at a police station and, in his feverish state of mind, mistakes a bearded hippie who's been arrested for Christ and thinks that he has died and gone to Heaven)! With respect to The Hunchback, the disco scene where he's ridiculed by the establishment's habitual bourgeois customers - to their eventual regret - introduces an unexpected poignancy into the fray (especially with the impassioned speech he delivers to them at gunpoint!), which suggests that the film-makers' intention was perhaps more serious than the end result would indicate...

As a matter of fact, star and director allegedly fell out during the making of this film (their sixth 'collaboration' in 4 years!) and, indeed, rather than sticking to a script Milian virtually improvised all his dialogue as he went along!! Besides, The Hunchback's nemesis here - Commissioner Sarti - is mostly ineffective (making a poor substitute for Maurizio Merli or even Luc Merenda) while the finale shamelessly rips off THE WAGES OF FEAR (1953)...but, at least, it does feature a typically bouncy score by Franco Micalizzi!


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

18 August 1978 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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