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Big Racket [DVD] [1976] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Fabio Testi , Vincent Gardenia , Enzo G. Castellari    DVD
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  • Actors: Fabio Testi, Vincent Gardenia, Renzo Palmer, Orso Maria Guerrini, Glauco Onorato
  • Directors: Enzo G. Castellari
  • Writers: Enzo G. Castellari, Arduino Maiuri, Gene Luotto, Massimo De Rita
  • Producers: Galliano Juso
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: 25 April 2006
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EQ5UAA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,170 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Racket 27 Feb 2011
A gang of thugs (one of which is Ken Wood) are terrorising all the small businesses in a Italian city, beating them and threatening them to pay protection money each month. So tough cop Nico Palmieri (Fabio Testi) decides to get Luigi Giulti (Renzo Palmer) who is one of the witness to testify against them, but when his daughter is brutally raped as a consequence. He decides enough is enough and fights back the only way he knows.

This is a typical of the Euro-Crime movie genre that was very popular in the 1970's, but that doesn't make this a bad movie. It is very well made by the great Enzo G Castellari and this is one of the best films he has ever made in my opinion.

The film features some very good action sequences which use the typical Sam Peckinpah style slow motion, but I would have liked to have seen it used more in the final shoot-out in the warehouse.

Fabio Testi is great as the tough as nails inspector Nico Palmieri but a lot of the other performances are hampered by the poor dubbing but that doesn't bother me when I'm used to watching these Italian Genre films.

Maurizio and Guido De Angelis's score in my opinion is average but there was one part of the main theme tune I thought was catchy.

Overall a great movie that I could watch over and over again
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3.0 out of 5 stars review 14 Oct 2013
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haveing watched both versions,maybe its me but i didnt noticed anything different.i was epecting more gun fights and i said maybe its just me.whats anyone else think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Italian crime flick! 17 Feb 2012
When a powerful gang of extortionists forces the businessmen of an Italian city to pay for their protection, the tough Inspector Nico Palmieri (Fabio Testi) investigates the case; however he is surprised by the racketeers and ends up seriously injured. When he is discharged from the hospital, he joins the victims of extortion trying to find a witness to testify in court since the mobsters are always released by the Attorney Giovanni Giuni (Antonio Marsina). Only the restaurant owner Luigi Giulti (Renzo Palmer) accepts the burden; but his daughter is brutally raped by the gangsters and commits suicide later. Nico is pressed by his superiors to drop the case but he invites his friend Pepe (Vincent Gardenia) to help him using illegal methods believing that the end justifies the means. The Big Racket is a fantastic crime/action film with a great story, solid performances and several very exciting gun battles. Over the past few years director Enzo G. Castellari has slowly become one of my favorite Italian cult filmmakers. He's worked in nearly every genre I hold dear, swinging from the western to thrillers to post-apocalyptic Mad Max rip-offs without missing a beat. Here he starts the action off in high gear and then manages to ramp things up with only the briefest of pauses along the way for strategy.

The story moves smoothly from point to point with little wasted effort and consistently shows a great deal of style. Even if by 1976 the (over) use of slow motion in action scenes was getting to be old hat, Castellari employs the technique brilliantly. It never feels forced or gratuitous but enhances the tension and shock as bullets strike flesh or glass flies. The best use of slo-mo here has to be the amazing scene in which we watch as Testi is tumbled down a hillside in a car.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stop That Racket! 10 July 2006
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From the cover you'd think this flick was about Fabio Testi getting fed up with some noisy neighbors, but that's not it. The "big racket" is one of those protection racket schemes where a bunch of weasley turds threaten store owners to pay dues or have their business trashed. Fabio's a cop(of course) who's been after these guys for awhile, but anybody that watches action flicks knows that trying to bring criminals to justice through legal means never works. Whenever Fabio thinks he's got these guys, they manage to get off on some technicality or some other b.s. Once he starts using tactics that go outside the law, he's fired of course. Once fired, he decides to go Bronson and assembles an A-Team-like group that consists of some of the racket's past victims. One poor guy is a shop owner who was driven nearly insane by the rape and suicide of his daughter(A very good performance from this guy! His daughter looks 12!! Aren't there laws about sex scenes involving minors?). Another unfortunate dude witnesses the rape and murder(by fire) of his wife coz he had killed a few of the racket members and they decide to retaliate. The last act of the film is the best where this group gets together and plans a big assault on the racket. For those familiar with these kinds of films(especially Castellari's work), this one should be a treat. Not as good as Street Law, but much better than the Heroin Busters. Those used to Hollywood's version of an action film will just think it's dumb and cheesy. Fabio Testi is always a strong looking leading man, and able to carry a film even if he isn't the best actor in the world. The film definitely has it's corniness due to the year and country it was made in. One particularly funny scene is the last shot in the film that reminds me of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. After Fabio emerges victorious(and that's not a spoiler. Like you didn't know he would), for no particular reason he starts yelling and beating a car(at least I think it's a car, you can't quite tell coz of the camera angle) with the butt of his shotgun, and the film freezes on Fabio's manic and comical facial expression as the credits begin to role. This is the stuff good flix are made of. Mindless crimefighting fun-Italian style!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior Euro Crime Film 7 Nov 2006
By Lunar Strain - Published on
When it comes to Euro Crime films The Big Racket comes at top of the game. Of course what can you expect from the great Euro Crime director Enzo G. Castellari and the ever likeable Fabio Testi.

Testi plays a rough police officer that is getting sick and tired of the gang protection racket going on in a small Italian town. Gangs are using violence and destruction to get small business owners to pay. When Testi goes beyond the law to put the Racketeers away, he gets fired and then turns vigilante.

This is a violent, gritty film full of fantastic camera work and colorful anti-hero like characters. Testi here comes off looking like a true bad***. The uncut version provided here by Blue-Underground Entertainment does contain some harsh scences such as two brutal rape sequences so be forwarned.

Coming from a seasoned Euro Crime can't get much better than this. There's enough tough guy posturing, cool camera shots and action to make any fan of Italian cinema happy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Harry a la Roma! 19 Jun 2007
By Trevor Willsmer - Published on
Enzo G. Castellari's The Big Racket one-ups it's rivals by shooting its obligatory car somersaulting down a hill sequence from the inside of the car, with a visibly uncomfortable Fabio Testi obviously thanking God he remembered to fasten his seatbelt with every turn. Despite his protestations that "I'm a different kind of cop," Testi's hero is a predictably close Italian relative of Harry Callahan in a plot that ends up like a cross between The Magnificent Seven and Death Wish as he recruits the victims and criminal rivals of a ruthless protection racket carving up Rome to take the law into their own hands in an engagingly OTT factory floor shootout finale. Thankfully Testi seems to have loosened up a bit from his ramrod straight block of wood earlier performances, though the dubbing may have something to do with that. It's not exactly demanding stuff, and there's laziness to spare, not least with a jailbreak that happens offscreen and is never explained presumably for no better reason than no-one being able to think of a convincing one, but within its limited ambitions it gets the job done, and there's a likeable turn from this films contractually obligatory American co-star Vincent Gardenia

However, there are some real double standards in the American dubbing script: murder, rape and bloody mayhem, no problem, but no naughty words whatever you do. Thus our "dumb basket" hero is warned that if he doesn't cool it, he'll be "in deep diddly." In fact, whoever wrote the dubbing script is obviously having the time of his life, inserting the word "diddly" into as many scenes as many times as possible ("If I'm gonna be in deep diddly, I'd like to know what I'm in deep diddly for!"). Maybe it was a drunken dare after drinking too much Crodino - and boy, did the Crodino boys get their product placement money's worth in this one, with their posters and logos appearing in so many of the exterior and the restaurant scenes that you're just amazed they didn't slap a banner on the side of the Coliseum as well just to cover all the bases!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Italian Action at it's Best-The Big Racket/ll Grande Racket 2 Aug 2012
By Jose Lopez - Published on
The Leading Role and Pepe(Vincent Gardenia)along with the rest of the cast,and an unbelievably great plot and story make this film worth watching.Car Chase,Explosions and none of that pseudo Intellectual Dishonesty(read Marxism-Overtones,antiChurch,etc)
Violent yet not over the top well there are some disagreeable and disgusting scenes but tame by Italian standards of this genre.The Finale at the end is worth it all,This is The Italian Deathwish Or Dirty Harry(except of course those are Better and nothing can hold a light to them.)Worth Watching,Crime and Corruption and an Cop;Simple yet elegant.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Corruption, protection rackets, gun violence taboo of vigilantism 11 Mar 2007
By Pork Chop - Published on
THE BIG RACKET, written and directed by Enzo G. Castellari, and

starting Fabio Testi, is a movie that deals with an important theme

- corruption, protection rackets, gun violence, murders, thug

behavior, chaos running loose in the streets. It also deals with an

aspect that is often taboo in society, which is the frustration that

often is felt by merchant, when they feel they're getting the short

end of the stick as taxpayers, or when they are robbed, etc. Those

are very ugly aspects that people prefer to forget, and not deal


In this picture, released 1977/78, the recurring soundtrack too,

underlines the ugliness of those aspects. A crude, metal guitar riff

is looped over and over, reminiscent of Black Sabbath or Tony Iommi,

to get the audience to feel the "on the edge of insanity" mental

landscape of the police officer, played by Testi, who is pulled from

the case, first, and then removed from his job, secondly, as a

consequence of the existing laws on the books of justice not fitting

the needs of the real world, that people rely on, to live their

lives in peace, and prosperity, and that he feels compelled to


Many will be turned off, by this "taboo" of retaliation against

gangsterism in the form of vigilantism, that the police officer

carries out, as socially unacceptable conduct, morally reprehensible

violence, even when carried out with the most honest, pure of

intentions, such as retaliating against a rape, murder, looting,


Others, will be disappointed by the lack of belief in the principles

of Christianity or their own religion, that underline forgiveness,

comprehension, patience, and allowing time for anarchists to "see

the light" and redeem themselves in the eyes of a Supreme Being.

Some, will not see anything beyond the 2 dimensional, video-game

aspect of the movie, such as in your favorite shoot 'em up XBOX or

Playstation release.

Whichever perspective of the viewer, it cannot be denied that the

images are crystal clear on the DVD, (very sharp transfer), the

audio and dialog in English (dubbed over Italian) is professional,

and well spoken, the thrill and suspense is maintained over 90

minutes. The acting, is also not shabby at all.

The weakness of this movie, obviously, is the only average

sophistication of the plot, that some may label that of a "B Movie"

coupled with the disbelief that viewers surely will feel, in

witnessing so many gun battles between the gangs and the Italian

police, in such a limited period of time, taking many dozens of

casualties on each side, over 90 mins.

Clearly, if the problem was of such an extent, a one-man-show would

be out of the picture, and even in the late 70's, a SWAT team,

armored tank, and perhaps even the military would have been called

in to deal with the chaos.
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