Colt 38 Awsome Film
C. Dunn | New Albany, IN | 06/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great example of a Euro crime film. It stars Marcel Bozzuffi (best known for his role as an [....] in the film French Connection ie he is the one who is on the poster for the film being shot in back by Gene Hackman). Anyway, this film was heavily influenced by the best of the Dirty Harry sequels "Magnum Force". However, these cops are not vigilantes.
Great action, lots of violence and is very fast paced. No shame films has done a fantastic job on bringing this film/dvd to North America. The liner notes are great and each film that No shame releases gives you a brief history lesson of turmoil in Italy during the 1960's and 1970's.
Needless to say, this film is highly recommended"
A spectacular crime-thriller, with an entire city held for r
Pork Chop | Lisbon, Portugal | 04/18/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
""Quelli della calibro 38" or Colt 38 Special Squad (1976) from
Massimo Dallamano, is an Italian language crime-thriller, that
actually explains how law enforcement approaches a a hostage
situation involving the entire population of Turin, in exchange
for money, gems, and more under the threat of 70 kg in dynamite
being detonated in the city.
With over 30 years since the release date having passed, the
strength of the overall work, is its wide-screen release,
extraordinarily sharp and colorful images, spectacular street
chases involving cars in actual downtown city areas, and dirt
bike chases in the woods, on mud trails and country side. It also
has a tight editing of scenes, and a convincing argument, showing
thrills, suspense along the way, while the special effects are
fine, in both quality and in number.
The action explores, amazingly, the entire gamut of criminal
behavior, such as kidnappings, shootings, gun firefights, bank
stick ups, escape cars, payback on innocents when the law is
applied, hostage situations, motorcycle and automobile stunts,
(including one showing a car driving forward on a moving flat bed
train), car crashes, dangerous street chases, confidential
informants on underworld events, bribes, interrogations, cop car
frequency band snooping, underworld gambling operations, booby
trapped cars with radio detonators, ransoms, car and motorcycle
jackings, impersonation of officers, joy riders, rifle sniping.
From such a large number of underworld aspects, it would appear
that a check-list was almost prepared ahead of time, to cover all
the bases and of what could happen with a gang on the loose.
The story is also about ego's, and the need for people, in this
case, the detective, to save the population from destruction
through his own personal talents, efforts and skills (in a Walter
Mitty sense.) It also underlines that in a crisis, the population
may be kept in the dark, from the need in avoiding creating a
panic, that itself could cause havoc.
From a cultural point of view, the film is a time-capsule, as all
the vehicles from that era are shown, Renault 5, Citroen, Fiat
125, 127, and other models, with the European quality of the time
...real wood steering wheels, sculpted wood coat stands, lira
currency, expensive clothing, trendy night clubs and more. This
would suggest an upper-middle to wealthy class of individuals
in this action.
Conversely, the weak spot is a total absence of humor in the
movie, coupled with a dated soundtrack, showing a 70's style.
Another aspect is the surreal demonized behavior of many law
breakers, suggesting all bad guys, have no feeling, no humanity,
when in reality, the assumption may not be the case.
In sum, the technical elements are outstanding, but an excess
litany of underworld behaviors suggest a somewhat lack if realism
making it somewhat too didactic."