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Live Like a Cop Die Like a Man (UOMINI SI NASCE POLIZIOTTI SI MUORE)

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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.

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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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Product Details

  • Actors: Ray Lovelock, Marc Porel
  • Directors: Ruggero Deodato
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004ODLUFS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,659 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I recently purchased this title from Amazon. The film itself was in good shape for its age, decent English dub and good color. The movie itself was a little scatterbrained with a plot that existed primarily to take our two heroes from one shootout to another. While the stunts, especially the driving sequences, were decent, the shootouts could have been better choreographed and the blood a tad less pink in color.
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.
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Raro Video continues to release the works of Screenwriter/Director Fernando Di Leo this time highlighting one of the most violent crime films of the mid seventies Director Ruggero Deodato's 'LIVE LIKE A COP, DIE LIKE A MAN' aka 'UOMINI SI NASCE POLIZIOTTI SI MUORE'-1976 which was his second film as Director. Boasting in your face cinematography by Guglielmo Mancori and starring french actor Marc Porel and cult actor Ray Lovelock, it resembles an ultra violent version of American televisions 'STARSKY AND HUTCH' but predating it by a number of years. In this films case , the two cops bypass police protocol and red tape by handling their cases in their unique style: punch and shoot first, ask questions if the perpetrator can still talk. The cast also includes the great Adolfo Celi, Renato Salvatore, Deodato's girlfriend at the time, Silvia Dionisio who also appeared in his first film 'WAVES OF LUST' aka 'ONDATE DI PIACERE'-1975 and her twin sister Sofia Dionisio. Beginning with a 10 minute motorcycle chase through the streets of Rome, the film never lets up till its explosive climax and is highly recommended to action fans. Director Deodato also pulls a Hitchcock at the beginning of the film as he comes out of a bank that is being robbed. The extras include a 42 minute documentary on the film 'POLIZIOTTI VIOLENTI' aka 'VIOLENT COPS' featuring interviews with Deodato, Ray Lovelock who hums the films theme song which he sang for the film and had not performed it since the shoot, and Producer Armando Novelli with Deodato commenting also on the coincidence of the american TV series and the reason why a sequel was never filmed; TV commercials directed by and with audio commentary by Deodato, Director biographies and filmographies and an illustrated booklet on the film.Read more ›
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Cop films tend to come in several varieties, but, for my tastes, they tend to break down into two basic themes: either (A) the cop is fighting the system (think of Sylvester Stallone in COP LAND, or Al Pacino in SERPICO) or (B) the cop wears a badge but operates outside the system, always on the edge with his career and his life oft times hanging in the balance (think `Dirty Harry' Callahan as played by Clint Eastwood in DIRTY HARRY or in any of the other HARRY films, or Bruce Willis from any of the DIE HARD pictures). While the former breed of cop films tends to garner the critical praise, it's the latter that draws the attention and general respect of the viewing audience, and that's because if any of us found ourselves in a situation requiring the assistance of the police then we'd want a true supporter of justice (Dirty Harry) out there gunning for our safety. That's not so much a political commentary on any legal system; it's just that folks feel more secure in knowing that the police are going to stop-at-nothing to see villains, ne'er-do-wells, and dastardly devils definitively dealt with once and for all. Also, it's easier to forgive the cop for tauntingly saying "make my day" when we know that our days have been made safer as a consequence of his actions, right or wrong.

Similarly, Director Ruggero Deodato embraces the cop `dark side' in this signature 1976 release, LIVE LIKE A COP, DIE LIKE A MAN, which incidentally looks terrific as a result of the restoration process for this release from Raro Video. Kudos to all those involved in bringing this film into the digital age.

The story could be lifted up and mass produced directly from any cop thriller of this variety.
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Ruggero Deodato's Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man plays like a bright and breezy and bloody cross between Dirty Harry and Starsky and Hutch as Ray Lovelock and Marc Porel's inseparable cops cheerfully go about their business of killing street scum a la Roma, whether they're seriously injured or haven't actually got round to starting the armoured car robbery they're planning, all to the accompaniment of Lovelock's easygoing ballads on the soundtrack. They may be a two man death squad, but the film retains a surprisingly bright and breezy tone as they go about their business with little in the way of opposition from their boss Adolfo Celi, the violence at once extreme but over the top - this is the kind of film where it's not enough to shoot assassin off a motorbike, he has to crash into a car and fly off. And then get crushed by another oncoming car. Like the Dirty Harry films, most of the action scenes have little to do with the plot that sees them trying to track down Renato Salvatori's elusive mobster but are just vignettes thrown in to keep things lively, but it manages it so well that it's more a strength than a weakness.

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.
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