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Manhunt [1984] [DVD]

Ethan Wayne , Henry Silva , Fabrizio De Angelis    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Ethan Wayne, Henry Silva, Bo Svenson, Ernest Borgnine, Raimund Harmstorf
  • Directors: Fabrizio De Angelis
  • Writers: Fabrizio De Angelis, Dardano Sacchetti
  • Producers: Fabrizio De Angelis
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Boulevard
  • DVD Release Date: 5 July 2005
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000AQ5K1I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,757 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Updated western action starring Ernest Borgnine and Henry Silva. When a stranger buys two horses at auction and stops to water them on an unscrupulous rancher's land, the rancher accuses him of theft and has him imprisoned for three years. When the stranger is released, his only thoughts are of revenge.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A young man is wrongly sentenced as a horse thief. Having managed to escape, he heads for his accuser and kidnaps him. The chase is on...but fate has a surprising twist in store. ...Man Hunt ( Cane arrabbiato ) ( Manhunt )

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a very good Movie but... 7 May 2008
It's a very good Movie, plenty of action, probably John Ethan Wayne's best work. The transfer to DVD however is poor. It is presented in 4:3 aspect ratio and is obviously mastered from a Video. Most films were shot in 1.85:1 widescreen but clearly an original print was not available for this movie? It is better, however, than my long play NTSC video. Overall, 4 stars for the Movie, 1 star for the picture quality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "La mala ordina" (Bad Orders) 3 Jun 2010
By Annie Van Auken - Published on
DVD-R mfrs. such as SYNERGY offer no commentary, deleted scenes, subtitles or other bonus features. Dubs are "best available source" and can vary from very good to only fair.

Produced, written and directed by Fernando Di Leo, LA MALA ORDINA is variously known as MANHUNT, BLACK KINGPIN, HIRED TO KILL, HITMEN, MANHUNT IN THE CITY, THE ITALIAN CONNECTION and MANHUNT IN MILAN. Its toothy, beefy, Swiss-born star, dark-haired Mario Adorf, is a legend in European cinema, also a vocalist and author of several best-selling books. Besides a number of prominent Continental directors, Mario has worked with Billy Wilder, John Frankenheimer and Robert Siodmak. Also noteworthy is the performance of Franco Fabrizi, as Adorf's colorful scarf-wearing ally.

In this gangster film twist on Franz Kafka's "The Trial," Adorf is a small-time pimp who has no idea why the Syndicate has targeted him for death (it's a frame). Despite a thick body, the actor is limber and very convincing in hand-to-hand fighting, even against multiple opponents, and amusing when he head-butts telephones or other inanimate objects. At other times he's quite charming and like any star does, Mario simply holds one's attention no matter what's happening on-screen.

MANHUNT's action sequences are well-choreographed. The picture only drags in the naked disco dancer scenes (what awful music here!). Woody Strode (who's lookin' kinda old, alas) and Henry Silva appear in spots throughout but have the final reel all to themselves, along with our hero. Their auto graveyard showdown is most original.

Not expecting much right after a viewing of Di Leo's mediocre MISTER SCARFACE (Italy/W Germany-1976), I came away from this earlier Euro-crime drama quite satisfied. Highly recommended!

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 imdb viewer poll rating.

(7.2) Manhunt ("La mala ordina") (Italy/W. Germany-1972) - Mario Adorf/Henry Silva/Woody Strode/Adolfo Celi/Franco Fabrizi/Cyril Cusack
4.0 out of 5 stars Hired Assassins on a Job 14 Nov 2012
By Acute Observer - Published on
Manhunt, 1973 film

An important person assigns a special task to two hired killers: the brutal murder of a man in a way to show who is responsible. Luca Canali shows his people-handling skills with two younger men. A waiting airplane will transport the two men to Switzerland after the job. These two men were in Italy during the war. The next scene is in a bar. Two Americans arrive and are given a room. One doesn't drink, the other asks about Luca Canali. Elsewhere Luca sees his young daughter and wife. David and Frank meet a Big Boss, Don Vito, for help. We see dancers at that club. David wants to drink with that dancer. They ask her about Luca Canali. "Why do you ask so many questions?" We see action in the street. What is the purpose of David's actions? It attracts some men, but they are sent away.

The next morning Trini calls Luca to tell about those two Americans. His girlfriend wants to get off the street and have her own house. Luca is invited to see Don Vito. They stop at a lumberyard. There is a fight! Luca wins, then makes a telephone call. David teaches the men a lesson, so does Don Vito! Failure is not an option. The word gets out. Luca needs to disappear, says Anna. Where can he go? Can he get a gun? Maybe. Luca finds a seller. But he was followed. Luca outsmarts them and shoots first. Anna is reprimanded by Don Vito's boys. Luca telephones Don Vito about his interest in him. "Don't keep me waiting." Luca's wife and child are threatened, so Luca warns Lucia to leave town with Rita. A small truck runs down Lucia and Rita! Luca drives to catch that truck. A car chase for action down the narrow streets of Milano. Luca breaks the windshield of that truck to get at the driver!

The man in white runs off towards an amusement park with Luca right behind him. There is a struggle, Luca wins again. [There seems to be nobody around during the day in this city.] Don Vito needs to do better. Is Corso angry about the swiped heroin? Don Vito decides to shoot Luca on sight. "Who are those two Americans?" Luca visits Nicola and is surprised. "It was an accident." There is another surprise! "I just don't know!" Nicola doesn't answer. Luca visits Trini for shelter. The next day Luca visits an office building, then talks to Don Vito. He wants to know "why". Don Vito tells what happened, and offers Luca a deal. "Its too late." Don Vito says to look him in the eye. Luca calls the Americans to tell them the news. They want to meet him at an auto junkyard. The two Americans take the woman along. "It's a trick!" She is run down and shots are fired. David and Frank stalk Luca. Frank reloads his revolver. Shots set off a fire. Frank pushes a car down. David shoots again. Luca operates a machine to crush David. It ends.

This is a very violent movie, there is no Hollywood Production Code for censorship. This is as example of a realistic crime movie from Europe. Who says there is no sex and violence in European movies? The voices are in English, the words aren't censored. The high body count can be compared to some operas, or some events in history.
4.0 out of 5 stars Original 70's mix of action and mafia intrigue 29 Jun 2012
By Luke Killion - Published on
"The Italian Connection," written and directed by Fernando Di Leo is a vintage 1972 flick that shows the unique style of the decade while weaving a tale of survival amidst the Milan mafia. I think there is an obvious relationship to "The French Connection" in the genre and time period, as "The Italian Connection" was given this title for American release, probably to capitalize on the success of the 1971 film with Gene Hackman. Though they both show the dangerous inner workings of the international heroin business, the focus for each film is dramatically different, as Hackman and Roy Schneider are NY City narcs, while the main character of Di Leo's movie is small time pimp Luca Canalli with former ties to the Milan boss, Don Vito Tressoldi. The film begins with Don Corso and his employment of two American assassins who have been given the name of Luca Carnalli when a shipment of heroin goes missing.

One of the major similarities and strengths of both movies are the chase sequences which add alot of intensity. Hackman's scene weaving underneath the elevated train is perhaps surpassed by Carnalli's car chase of a would be assassin, which also includes amazing scenes where he does his own stunt work hanging onto the assailant's van. Carnalli is played by Mario Adorf, who is both a gentle and generous family man, as well as a pimp who can really hold his own when push comes to shove. He is very well suited for this role as the bounty placed on his head is not an easy one to collect, and the entire circumstances of the hit aren't exactly clear.

Although Di Leo wrote and directed a movie that is above most crime films from that era, there is one obvious aspect that makes his production seem extremely dated. If the rest of the film hadn't been so strong, the over dubbing of voices really would have ruined it for me. It is alot like Sergio Leone's spaghetti western films in its use of dubbing, for what reason I'm not exactly sure. Perhaps it has something to do with the budget, a reduction of audio expense. Whatever the reason, I felt this took alot out of the movie's quality, but it still holds up considering the fact that it is in Italian with subtitles, so the American viewer is reading the text as often as looking at the characters lips.

One of my favorite aspects of this movie was the inclusion of the early 70's hippy scene in Milan, as Luca has ties with many "free love" rebels who protect him from the syndicate. The cast is rounded out by two members of the 1965 Bond film, "Thunderball", one being Adolfo Celi who plays the Don Tressoldi and the other is the gorgeous Luciana Paluzzi. The American hitman duo adds the international element to this mafia flick as they both represent the New York Mafia; Henry Silva plays an Italian American while Woddy Strode is Frank Webster, a former soldier from the all black division which fought in Italy during WWII. This film is part of Di Leo's trilogy of 70's Italian produced Mafia movies, which has been referenced by Quentin Tarrantino,as the duo of Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson was perhaps inspired by Silva and Strode.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Italian Connection-Via NetflixInstant-The movie and the director gets more credit than deserved. 2 Aug 2012
By Jose Lopez - Published on
Fernando Di Leo with his "Marxist" themes and overtones,-The Most annoying part of the movie is the Shot where a Poster(A dichotomy if there ever was one despite my dislike for JFK.)Is two posters side by side of JFK and The Chic MassMurderer and Gangster Che Guevara.The movie is boring,long and all hype.Only a great Looking White Pontiac Roadster kept me awake,Henry Silva's ugly mug notwithstanding and the Italian Birds; There are better Italian Films out there.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ethan Wayne, son of John but not his true heir 24 July 2009
By Parisonn of Atlantis - Published on
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Ethan, John Wayne's son, made several attempts in the 1980s to follow in his father's cinematic footsteps -- of which this modern-day western might be the most notable example -- but despite a pleasing appearance and affable manner, he lacked the strength, solidity, and charisma of his famous father and thus could not duplicate his father's success. Having lowered their expectations, however, many viewers will enjoy this modest but efficiently-paced account of a young cowboy falsely convicted and sent to an Arizona prison. There's a fair amount of action, especially of the car-chase variety, but little in the way of bloody violence. What's more, the movie offers, in supporting roles, the welcome presence of such veteran actors as Ernest Borgnine, Henry Silva, and Bo Swenson. While 22-year-old Wayne can't quite bring off his "tough guy" moments, he does look good, all shirtless and sweaty, in his "beefcake" scenes, and by playing the victim in a whipping scene, he's earned himself a footnote in the history of movie trivia. According to the book, "Lash! The 100 Great Scenes of Men Being Whipped in the Movies," Ethan and John Wayne constitute one of the few father-son teams who've both suffered an on-screen flogging. (John Wayne felt the sting of a lash when he played Genghis Khan in "The Conqueror.") Ethan Wayne's flogging occurs in a barn and it's notable fot the expressions on the ranch-hands' faces as they watch the whip repeatedly tear bloody gashes across Ethan's bare back. These expressions indicate not only a level of sadistic enjoyment but also a homoerotic excitement which is surprisingly blatant.
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