Friday, July 14, 2017

Stunt Squad (1977)

Original title: La Polizia e Sconfitta

Director: Domenico Paolella

Writers: Dardano Sacchetti, Domenico Paolella

Composer: Stelvio Cipriani

Starring: Marcel Bozzuffi, Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Riccardo Salvino, Nello Pazzafini, Claudia Giannotti, Francesco Ferracini, Simona Ogier

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  Hand picked to stamp out crime and violence in the city's streets

Plot: After criminal gangs wreak havoc in the streets of Italy, a take-no-guff police commissioner forms a highly trained band of motorcycle riding cops to stop them.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  Maybe.

This better than average Italian crime film from the 70s (a sub genre called Poliziotteschi) features a good deal of action and it is spread throughout to pepper the excitement value.  It's a pretty fast paced film that delivers the crime goods.  There's even a sweet breather at a bar...

Man, where the hell is this joint?  Road trip!  This picture has all of the ingredients to making a good Poliziotteschi like a groovy action score and even a little nudity which is something you don't see often enough in this genre but it's almost always welcome.  I like a little sleaze in my 70s crime pictures.  Hell I like a little sleaze in just about everything (come on, Disney, step it up a little, will ya?).  Like every genre there are turkeys, gems and a whole lot in between.  If you're into the genre or you want to try something different in the crime/action genre, give this one a shot.  Chances are you'll dig it.

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