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The Big Racket (1976)

Fabio Testi , Vincent Gardenia , Enzo G. Castellari  |  Unrated |  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: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EQ5UAA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,824 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Big Racket" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director Enzo G. Castellari
  • Theatrical Trailer

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"FAST, GRITTY AND VIOLENT...A Superior Example Of The '70s Italian Crime Film!" -- DVD Maniacs

Product Description

Fabio Testi stars as Inspector Nico Palmieri, a tough police detective tearing apart Rome to bust a ruthless protection racket. Vincent Gardenia co-stars; directed by Enzo Castellari. Special features include audio commentary with Castellari.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Stop That Racket! July 10, 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. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superior Euro Crime Film November 6, 2006
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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 fan.....you 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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Harry a la Roma! June 19, 2007
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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!").
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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