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Violent City (1973)

Charles Bronson , Jill Ireland , Sergio Sollima  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Michel Constantin, Telly Savalas, Umberto Orsini
  • Directors: Sergio Sollima
  • Writers: Sergio Sollima, Arduino Maiuri, Gianfranco Galligarich, Lina Wertmüller, Massimo De Rita
  • Producers: Arrigo Colombo
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Italian
  • 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: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2002
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ASOM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,996 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Violent City" on IMDb

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In a city set to explode, one man has just lit the fuse. After a bloody double-cross leaves him for dead, professional hit man Jeff (Charles Bronson) tracks the shooter and his beautiful mistress (Jill Ireland) to New Orleans. But when Jeff takes both revenge and the woman, he finds himself blackmailed by a powerful crime boss (Telly Savalas), who wants the fiercely independent gunman to join his organization. Jeff refuses and is hunted through an unforgiving city where love is like a loaded gun and debts of vengeance are paid in bullets.
This is no ordinary Bronson movie. Packed with savage action and a shocking twist ending, Violent City (also known as The Family) is directed by Sergio Sollima (The Big Gundown) from a fast-paced screenplay co-written by Lina Wertmuller and features a remarkable score by the legendary Ennio Morricone.

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
VIOLENT CITY (1970) was first known to fans in the U.S. as THE FAMILY when it was released under that title to theaters in 1974 and subsequently shown on TV and released on VHS under that title as well. The VHS edition came from a company called MPI Video/Maljack Productions and was derived from the TV print, which meant, in the pre-cable days, the removal of several nude scenes. It was also pan-and-scan, not letterboxed, which meant we didn't get the full view of Aldo Tonti's crisp widescreen cinematography. I was looking forward to this DVD edition which promised an uncut print and a widescreen image. However, there is a legend on the DVD case (repeated onscreen prior to the start of the film) that reads:

"This presentation of VIOLENT CITY is complete and uncut, featuring scenes omitted from all previous English language releases. Because these restored scenes were never dubbed into English, they are presented here in Italian with English subtitles."

Which means characters, including those played by Charles Bronson and Jill Ireland, start speaking badly dubbed Italian without warning throughout the film. The dialogue switches back and forth between English and Italian often within the middle of a scene. And whole scenes are played out in Italian, even though I seemed to recall having seen them in English in the earlier version of the film. After finishing the DVD, I got out my VHS copy for comparison purposes and, sure enough, several scenes that were in Italian on the DVD were indeed in English on the VHS. Therefore, the assertion that "these restored scenes were never dubbed into English" is simply not true.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is "The Family" re-titled... December 29, 2005
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First I want all Bronson fans to know that this movie was originally out as "The Family" back in the 70's! I had been looking for Bronson in "the Family" for a while, when a friend told me the plot of this one and I immediately realized it was "The Family"! Why the studio re-titled it is unknown to me and I believe will only confuse Bronson fans looking for this title. The movie itself is classic Bronson fare and if you're a fan who has not seen it, you will enjoy it. Good Bronson action with witty Bronson one-liners. Hey, Telly Savalas is in it too- what more can you ask for!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Italian Crime Flick with Charles Bronson December 16, 2002
Good Italian hitman movie boasts a good Charles Bronson performance. The climax was really unique. If you like this, then check out Revolver by the same director.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "This is no ordinary Bronson movie." August 1, 2003
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That's from the back cover on the DVD. I guess what they're saying is, "This is a GOOD Bronson movie." Indeed -- ANY movie written by Lina Wertmuller and scored by Ennio Morricone is bound to be at least interesting, no matter the subject or the star. *Violent City*, set in New Orleans but Italian-produced (and directed by journeyman Sergio Sollima), is a really nasty piece of work that explores the seamy underbelly of petty organized crime and its contract killers. Charles Bronson plays a retired independent hitman hilariously named "Jeff". At first, he gets our sympathy. He's a nice guy, on the surface: well, he's nice as long as he's got a yacht and a hot broad to play with. But when things turn sour -- when he's double-crossed by the hot broad and an old pal -- he shows his true colors as a thoroughgoing b---ard. He's a remorseless killer with a rapist mentality. But in the milieu of *Violent City*, one can hardly single Jeff out for condemnation: it's every man (and woman) for him/herself. No good guys, here. Speaking of the woman, Bronson's wife Jill Ireland nicely brings to life Wertmuller's brilliant conception of the Dumb Blonde who hides the heart of a Medusa. Telly Savalas also makes an impression as the New Orleans kingpin who puts a roadblock in Jeff's plans for revenge. Savalas, wearing gigantic eyeglasses, gives us an oddly sympathetic Mob boss. (Bronson, btw, is terrible as usual, but so what?) I think I'll refrain from giving out plot details, because the movie depends on its plot twists to keep the audience hooked. Seekers of the "visual aesthetic" will definitely be hooked by the superb locales. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spaghetti Chuck June 9, 2008
Violent City is the story of Jeff, a hitman who gets all tangled up in a web of complications around the time he wants to retire(doesn't it always happen when they want to retire?). Jeff goes after some schmuck who tried to kill him, plus a big time crime boss(Telly Savalas) is trying to get Jeff to join his organization. There's also a shady lawyer lurking around and Jill Ireland is popping in and out of Jeff's life at various points, making things for him much more difficult coz he's rather smitten with her(naturally). Bronson's odd relationship with Ireland is what's getting Jeff into all these situations and is pretty much the fuel that drives the movie.
This was a pretty cool movie. It may be an action film, but it takes it's time telling it's tale. It was directed by Sergio Sollima, who has done another great Italian crime flick, Revolver, and the great Tomas Milian spaghetti western, Run Man Run. It's an interesting role for Bronson. He's the same as you usually see him, yet he's different. He's still the rugged tough guy who speaks very few words, but in this film he comes across as a character with more depth than we're used to seeing. Maybe this is due to Sollima's direction and tone of the movie, but it really makes Bronson's performance a very good one. Savalas is always a joy no matter what he's in. Ireland does a good job playing a very sexy and mysterious kind of woman who you're never quite sure if you should be trusting or not.
A very highly recommended film for Bronson fans or fans of Italian crime flicks. If you're a fan of both(like me!), then it's truly a double whammy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
great deal
Published 10 days ago by Ken Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by donquixote
4.0 out of 5 stars Charles Bronson in Violent City (Citta Violenta).
Violent City (Citta Violenta) (1970). a.k.a. The Family. Rated "R". Running Time: One hour, 49 mins.
Directed by Sergio Sollima. Read more
Published 4 months ago by James McDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Good vs evil
Enjoyed good beating the evil. What I enjoy is there is no swearing in all of Charles movies. Liked both movies but any movie with violence in it I could not say that I love it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Peter
3.0 out of 5 stars Violent City
I found it typical of Charles Bronson movies I have most of his films, although I wouldn't mind getting the family of cop with him on DVD.
Published 9 months ago by Gloria
3.0 out of 5 stars TWISTED and INTERESTING ENDING. It could have been 4 stars had it not...
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The best thing about this movie is the TWISTED and INTERESTING ENDING. It makes me wonder who I can trust. I did not see it coming. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Cestmoi
3.0 out of 5 stars Not So Violent City
This title really deserves only 2*...I've given the honorary 3rd star just for the end of the picture. The added scenes were dull and didn't advance the story one bit. Read more
Published 20 months ago by D. Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a classic Charles Bronson movie from 1970's cinema also known...
The transfer was almost 100% good with only one minor flaw in one brief scene. It also included some scenes not found in the original US release, which made the flick even more... Read more
Published 21 months ago by t27m4gv
3.0 out of 5 stars Dubbed Italian Segments.
Buyer beware; this version of "THE FAMILY"/"VIOLENT CITY" contains segments that are dubbed in Italian. Read more
Published on July 15, 2012 by The-Truth-Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern, Italian Film Noir
Have you enjoyed Italian (spaghetti) Westerns, and are interested in trying something new, though of a similar vein? Read more
Published on May 15, 2011 by J. G. Lewis
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