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Slightly Anemic and Star-studded Italian Crimesploitation
on March 22, 2014
Giuliano Montaldo was known for directing the Italian-French-German heist film with a great cast including Edward G. Robinson and Janet Leigh 1967's "Grand Slam." It was a kind of poor man's "Rififi" set partially in Brazil and was quite carefully worked out and clever ending. It was somewhat a success. In 1970, he got a great cast lined up for a Mafia crimesploitation epic titled "Machine Gun McCain" and had the idea to cast John Cassavetes as the lead and added Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk to the cast with Britt Ekland for scenery and Blue Underground put it out now in blu-ray. Montaldo is quite versatile but again the end result is a poor man's expose on violence and becomes a bit underwhelming. But the blu-ray is cheap enough and you could do worse for it. You may want to hold out for the original films these two cookies get cut from. The Blue Underground blu-ray also contains a 23 min. interview with Montaldo and English and Italian trailers, color.