Sunday, May 28, 2017

Swindle (1977)

Original title: Squadra Antitruffa

Director: Bruno Corbucci

Writers: Mario Amendola, Bruno Corbucci

Composers: Guido De Angelis, Maurizio De Angelis

Starring: Tomas Milian, David Hemmings, Anna Cardini, Alberto Farnese, Massimo Vanni, Leo Gullotta, Bombolo, Antonio De Leo, Marcello Martana, Roberto Alessandri, Marcello Verziera, Nazzareno Natale

More info: IMDb

Plot: Italian detective Nico (Milian) and British detective Clayton (Hemmings) team up to capture bunch of grifters and the trail leads them from Italy to San Francisco where they go undercover to take down the boss.

My rating:  7/10

Will I watch it again?  Maybe.

Italian crime pictures from the 70s, like any genre, are hit and miss but mostly miss.  However, your chances are increased when you have stars like Milian and Hemmings and it doesn't hurt to have Bruno Corbucci directing it all.  This one's rather a lot of fun with a good mix of goofy humor, some great stunts (how about that guy in San Francisco diving over the wall and falling down the stairs? WOW!) and a high body count.  When Nico and Clayton hit San Francisco they go on a long but enjoyable grifting local businesses.  That third act is a lot of fun and it's probably the most enjoyable part of the picture.  It's not long after that where the film wraps up with a good and satisfying ending.  The Angelis brothers provide a great groovy & funky score.  It does get a tad silly sometimes but then I laughed out loud several times.  The best laughs come from throwaway lines that happen almost in the background.

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