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Angel of Evil (2010)

Kim Rossi Stuart , Filippo Timi , Michele Placido  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Kim Rossi Stuart, Filippo Timi, Valeria Solarino, Moritz Bleibtreu, Paz Vega
  • Directors: Michele Placido
  • Writers: Kim Rossi Stuart, Andrea Leanza, Andrea Purgatori, Angelo Pasquini, Antonella D'Agostino
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005G4GYV4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,907 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Angel of Evil" on IMDb

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“An Italian Job: The Making of Vallanzasca"
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Angel of Evil, directed by Michele Placido, received eight David di Donatello nominations from the Italian Academy. Based on the memoirs of infamous Milan gang leader Renato Vallanzasca who admitted, “I was born to be a thief,” this fast-paced action film recounts his astonishing four-decade career. The charismatic Vallanzasca is portrayed by popular Italian actor Kim Rossi Stuart.

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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars... excellent 1970s Italian crime drama November 23, 2011
I was browsing my local library's section of foreign movies the other day and noticed this movie. Didn't really know much, ok, anything about it, but picked it up, and boy, am I glad I did...

"Angel of Evil" (originally released in 2010 as "Vallanzasca - Gli angeli del male"; 125 min.) brings the story of Renato Vallanzasca, a notorious bank and other heist robber in Italy in the 1970s. The early part of the movie brings the "trophy" moments of Renato and his co-horts, as they rob and thieve their way through Northern Italy, but the movie really delivers in the last 45 min. or so (when Renato is serving a long prison sentence), and things go from there (I don't want to spoil more of the plot, you'll just have to see it for yourself how it all plays out). Besides the plot itself, the movie showcases a time capsule of Italy in the 1970s, I couldn't stop marveling at the Alfa Romeos and Fiats that appear so prominently in the movie.

I really enjoyed this movie from start to finish, and am glad it found a DVD release in the US. Beware, the movie is not for the faint of heart, as there are a lot of violent scenes. But if you can get beyond that, this plays out beautifully. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Real Life Italian Gangster without Mafia ties September 13, 2012
Super handsome bad boy Italian gangster Renato Vallanzasca terrorized Milan in the 1970's and 80's. He is no Tony Soprano, that is, he isn't Mobbed up. He was an independent contractor. I saw this in the theater and then purchased the DVD. Why? I study the Italian language and Renato speaks the language perfectly and without dialect. He even beats up a prison guard for speaking slang to him and using the informal 2nd person singular form of address. Kim Rossi Stuart is a hottie. Could he be the new Marcello Mastroianni? Forse.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Drugs, Alcohol, Easy Ladies and Alfa Romeos! February 2, 2012
This Italian Crime Drama is based on the real life antics of Renato Vallanzasla, who committed his first `crime' by liberating the more ferocious animals from Milan Zoo at the age of nine - they did him for the tiger, a fair cop really. This was as a statement against bullies apparently.

Whilst at Reform School he became well educated in the life skills one requires to take a life of crime really seriously. As well as learning how to annoy guards in a maximum security prison, he also develops what can only be described as silver tongue with the lucky ladies and a taste of finely executed diction. In short he has rules bordering on the sociopath and not very much to like about him. He is played rather well by Kim Rossi Stuart. We first see him in prison in 1981 getting some extra curricular kicking from the guards, a theme that reoccurs throughout the film.

When he is out he has some henchman including his best friend Enzo ( Filippo Timi), and just like girls they too just wanna have fun. Their version of fun involves bank robbery, shootings, robbery and kidnappings. The proceeds of which get spent on women with questionable morals and drugs of questionable origin and lots of Alfa Romeos.

There are great period details, the cars and the clothes (seventies fashion Italian style - magnifico!), the music is a modern soundtrack, but it actually really works. Where it has issues is around Vallanzasla and his crew. They are all rather incompetent in that childish way that makes them look as if shoe lace tying had yet been on their `to be learnt' schedule. Vallanzasla as head honcho lacks warmth, when he cries it is for his loss and the irony that he uses starts off by coming across as comedy, but ends as dysfunctional enemy of society.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must see March 28, 2014
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If you want to get a taste of the "lead-years", those 10-15 years of Italian history when street criminality and political violence were rampant, watch it. I cannot vouch on the fidelity of the story to the actual character, nor like some twisting of his personal history, but having grown up as a kid in those times, I almost relived those headlines, those newscast images. A must-see.
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As both a crime story, as well as period piece, this work has been very well crafted in detail and scope. The Acting/Directing/Production are in top form, not only in performance, but in a passion, that has been fortuitously burned into its making. Although remaining close to the facts, the license to fill in those unknown gaps, has been done with a dark & humorous criminal michievous, that never strays from the core value of Renato's Honor. Of course, many would question: what honor? But the perception of that is, as it has always been, in the eye of the beholder. Add to this honorable aspect to the film, to the resulting sum of the emergent properties - your time has been well spent.
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