Sunday, July 30, 2017

Black Turin (1972)

Original title: Torino Nera

Director: Carlo Lizzani

Writers: Nicola Badalucco, Luciano Vincenzoni

Composers: Nicola Di Bari, Gian Piero Reverberi, Gianfranco Reverberi

Starring: Bud Spencer, Andrea Balestri, Domenico Santoro, Francoise Fabian, Marcel Bozzuffi, Guido Leontini, Vittorio Duse, Mario Pilar, Saro Urzi

More info: IMDb

Plot: Mino and Lello, two sons of a worker wrongly accused of murder, try to find out evidence of his innocence and begin to investigate mafia business in Torino.

My rating:  6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

For a Bud Spencer picture, you don't get much Bud Spencer.  He's in it in little bits in pieces between the flashbacks and present day.  It's funny because I noticed immediately that his American dubbed voice was different than usual and the usual voice actor turned up as another character that seemed to have more screen time.  I wonder why he didn't voice Bud.  Anyway, the movie isn't much more than an hour and a half but there's a mid section that drags.  There's too much detective work on behalf of the kids, the lawyer and cop.  The older kid does a fantastic job.  Oh, and the dubbing is very good, too.  If it were for that pacing problem the picture has for a while it would be much better.  The ending is grim and powerful.  I didn't see it coming.  I would say that's the European sensibility (which does play a part in it) but it's also the seventies when cinema got real and cynical.  It's a different kind of Poliziotteschi and that's a good thing. Don't let the kids angle keep you from seeing this.  It's much better than it sounds. 

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