Friday, January 5, 2018

Emergency Squad (1974)

Original title: Squadra Volante

Director: Stelvio Massi

Writers: Franco Barberi, Adriano Bolzoni, Stelvio Massi, Dardano Sacchetti

Composer: Stelvio Cipriani

Starring: Tomas Milian, Gastone Moschin, Ray Lovelock, Mario Carotenuto, Stefania Casisni, Guido Leontini, Ilaria Guerrini, Giuseppe Castellano, Marcello Venditti

More info: IMDb

Plot: A cop is consumed with the desire to get revenge on the crook who shot his wife to death during a robbery. The crook in question is Marseilles who is trying to assemble funds for his own retirement.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

I reckon I've seen this at least twice in the past twenty years and it's the same every time.  Milian is bland as a sourpuss cop with a near constant frown interrupted with a small cigar in the corner.  He's got a good reason for being dour but he's no fun to be around.  His boss and co-workers were more interesting than him.  The action is OK but nothing memorable.  I liked the ending but that's about it.  I remember hearing that Milian died last year but I was surprised to see that his top two co-stars, Gastone Moschin (who was great in MILANO CALIBRO 9 (1972) and Ray Lovelock also died last year.  How about that?  The three leads in this picture dying within months of each other. 

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