Roma a Mano Armato (1976, ITA) C-94m. SCOPE ** D: Umberto Lenzi. Starring Maurizio Merli, Tomas Milian, Arthur Kennedy, Giampiero Albertini, Ivan Rassimov, Luciano Pigozzi, Tom Felleghy. Gritty cop thriller, much like Lenzi's earlier MILANO ODIA (1974). Merli plays a frustrated policeman who employs his own (violent) methods, when the criminals keep getting away. It all comes down to a duel with hunchback Milian. Merli is a poor man's DIRTY HARRY, his facial expression doesn't change the entire movie, but Lenzi keeps things moving fast and some of the action is good. Fine, rhythmical score by Franco Micalizzi. Milian also played the hunchback in Lenzi's LA BANDA DEL GOBBO (1978). English titles: ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, BRUTAL JUSTICE, ROME ARMED TO THE TEETH, and THE TOUGH ONES.


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