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Live Like A Cop, Die Like A Man (1976) is one of the most violent & unconventional Italian style detective films of its time. The credit goes to both the director Ruggero Deodato & the scriptwriter Fernando di Leo, author of the best Italian noir films (Milano Calibro 9, La Mala Ordina & The Boss). Above all, the psychological & behavioral description of the main characters, the two policemen, members of an anti-crime squad who have complete freedom in their actions against crime, had never been seen before. Not only do they not hesitate to brutally kill the criminals they are hunting down, but Alfredo (Marc Porel) and Antonio (Ray Lovelock) do so while maintaining a cynical & light-hearted attitude even in the most threatening situations.
Live Like A Cop Die Like A Man, one of the most insane, violent and enjoyably crazy Italian action movies is finally available in America on DVD. --Paper Magazine
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Normally I would have rated this a three for the pure outlandish action but unfortunately this DVD ends the movie before the movie ends. Yeah, the last ten minutes of the movie -which surely contains the biggest action set piece - was not recorded on the disc. Buyer beware.
Fernando Di Leo's script does take a few swipes at machismo while undercutting the usual genre clichés and assumptions, its two amiable sociopaths finding that rather than being shackled by the law it pretty much gives them free rein for their `tendency towards delinquency,' be it burning all the cars of customers at Salvatori's club or both sleeping with his nymphomaniac sister. Their wilful ignorance of the niceties of the law clearly extended to the making of the film as well, with the producers not bothering to ask for permission to shoot the opening motorbike chase through the streets of Rome in case it was refused. And it has a hitman who looks like Saddam Hussein in it. Shame about the guide dog, though.
Raro Video's NTSC DVD boast's a surprisingly excellent widescreen transfer with beautiful colour of the uncut version (the film was heavily censored in many territories, though one bit of torture deleted by the producers before release is still missing), and includes a selection of Deodato's Italian TV commercials (though you can't remove his audio commentary) and a good 42-minute making of documentary that dispels a few myths about the film's aborted sequel (not down to a disagreement between the stars but problems with their agents and the film's producers, one of whom, Alberto Marras, wanted to direct himself).