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Mad Dog
Mad Dog
Actors: Helmut Berger, Gigi Bonos, Vittorio Duse, Claudio Gora, Ezio Marano
Director: Sergio Grieco
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2005     1hr 33min

Synopsis: A psychotic killer (played by Helmut Berger) guns his escape from prison with three henchmen and seeks revenge on those who betrayed him. Kidnapping an informant?s girlfriend, he embarks on a terror spree, forcin...  more »
     
     
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Actors: Helmut Berger, Gigi Bonos, Vittorio Duse, Claudio Gora, Ezio Marano
Director: Sergio Grieco
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Trinity Home Ent
Format: DVD - Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/21/2005
Original Release Date: 01/01/1977
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1977
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 33min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Italian, Spanish
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Jason C. (JJC) from NEWARK, NJ
Reviewed on 4/8/2008...
Great "grindhouse" flick from the late '70s, has Helmut Berger as a cold-blooded killer who breaks out of prison and seeks ruthless revenge on the cop who put him there!

This is one of Quentin Tarantino's favorite films and pays a nice homage to it in his film "Jackie Brown." It's the movie that Robert De Niro and Bridget Fonda are watching.

Movie Reviews

Thoroughly Sadistic And Misogynistic
Robert I. Hedges | 12/06/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This is a repulsive example of Italian cinema at its worst. This film stars the genuinely creepy Helmut Berger as "Mad Dog," a career criminal who enjoys murder and mayhem just a little too much. He and some henchmen escape from prison and seek revenge on those who put him behind bars.

His chief foe is Police Inspector Santini whose own father (the judge who, coincidentally, sentenced Mad Dog) and sister eventually become hostages. The resulting hand-to-hand fight scene, which concludes the movie, is both bloody and gratuitous.

Technically the film is directed and photographed fairly well (excepting the credit sequence and some arty shots so popular in Italian cinema of the period), and the acting of the principals is above average for the genre. One interesting problem was in keeping the action in the final fight scene straight, as the director for some reason chose to dress both Mad Dog and the Not-So-Great-Santini nearly identically, which made for several confusing moments (or maybe I was just bored).

While I have seen many more poorly crafted films, the utter lack of morality and needless violence, especially toward women, made this painful to endure, and totally worthy of a single star."