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The Cynic, the Rat and the Fist aka Il Cinico, l'infame, il violento aka Die Gewalt bin ich 1977 (DVD) limited to 1000 pcs. English Subtitles

Tomas Milian , Maurizio Merli , Umberto Lenzi    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Tomas Milian, Maurizio Merli, John Saxon
  • Directors: Umberto Lenzi
  • Format: Colour
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,685 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


German Import DVD, Italian and German Sound Picture 2,35:1 anamorph Commentary by Christian Kessler and Pelle Felsch Featurette "Saxxon -Die Gewalt bin ich" (15:55) "Franco Micalizzi - A Conversation" (35:36) Italian Trailer (3:33) English Trailer (3:31) German Promo-Trailer (2:17) Booklet about Umberto Lenzi and his movies (5 pages english/german)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another top notch Lenzi action film! 27 Jan 2013
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For those of you who collect the films of Umberto Lenzi this one is a real treat, lots of action, some rough tough violence and three that's right three of the poliziotteschi genre's biggest stars. The film follows three separate stories, that of officer Tanzi (as usual played brilliantly by Maurizio Merli) trying to capture or kill two powerhouse crime bosses by playing them against one another, one of America's biggest syndicate heads (John Saxon of "Violent Naples", "Black Christmas" and "The Girl Who Knew Too Much") who is trying to expand his territory through Italy and ruthless local gangster nicknamed The China man (Tomas Milian, Lenzi's go-to guy for these type of films) who wants to double-cross his much bigger American counterpart and take everything right out from under him. As the plot has to develop stories and events for all three main characters each of them gets less attention than is usually expected but they pack a lot into the 95 minute running time and aside from the two bosses having very brief conversations or passing messages back and forth the three stay separate until the final confrontation that will leave two of them riddled with bullets. Maurizio Merli plays his part with the usual tough slightly reckless charm of "Violent Rome" or "Convoy Busters". John Saxon as he so often does plays a wealthy and powerful character oozing refined charm whilst clearly a twisted and merciless maniac, his golf game with a human target is just brilliant! Tomas Milian plays a demented sadist and although he doesn't quite reach the intense extremes of his best villain role in "Almost Human" he really nails it as an up and coming crime boss gambling it all. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars decent but not a classic 21 Feb 2013
The cynic,the rat and the fist has been given a lovely ltd edtion release by the German label filmart ltd to 1000 copies only, so don't delay and get it while you can. English and German audio options, plus several special feature with english options as well. The transfer is slightly better than the grey market Alfa digital release from a few years ago but does still have the annoying audio dropouts that plagued that release,mostly near the start of the film. Fortunately they're not too distracting.

As for the film itself, this is the sequel to the far superior "Rome armed to the teeth" (also available from Filmart in a ltd edt release) which Umberto lezni directed the previous year and is a classic of the genre. The sequel sees Maurizio Merli return as Inspector Tanzi who is now working in a factory after leaving the police force. When "The Chinaman" played by the always brilliant Tomas Milian gets out of prison he's determined to take out the cop who put im there. To complicate matters, another gangster, the american Di Maggio (John Saxon) try's to muscle in on The Chinaman's turf. So Tanzi decides to paly one against the other.

Compared to RATTT the action and set-pieces (what little there is) are perfunctory and rather cheap, this being made by Variety films is no surprise, as most of their movies were made extremly cheaply. Thank god the plot saves the day as Tanzi plays the Chinaman and Di Maggio off one another with some superb performances all round.The ending is a bit anti-climatic but if your into Eurocrime movies this should most defintely be in your collection.
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