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Violent City

4.1 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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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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  • Actors: Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Michel Constantin, Telly Savalas, Umberto Orsini
  • Directors: Sergio Sollima
  • Writers: Sergio Sollima, Arduino Maiuri, Gianfranco Calligarich, 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:
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2002
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ASOM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,705 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Violent City" on IMDb

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By Brian Camp on April 11, 2008
Format: DVD
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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I am repeatedly drawn to this movie over and again.....not because it has one of he best plots of any of Charles' movies (right up there with Red Sun, etc),but becaseu I feel like both Charles and Jill were at their peak in this 1970 she was 34, he was 49, both of their bodies were in fabulous shape, their marriage was fresh and happy and it shows on them (the walk thru the markets on St Thomas in the beginning of the film are akin to watching a home movie of them together...)I have always thought that, as a couple, they made a marvelously incongruent pair...she with her tinny little-girl voice and toney accent and cool blonde looks, and he, with his incredibly masculine, feral looks (I know you men are probably groaning at this and thinking "Charles, sexy???"...but believe it, because his face bore the sadness of his childhood and the pride of a man that knew that, with unconventional Russian features, he must make the best of his physique....and he did just that.The contrast of the coupling was fascinating. He once told he that she was "his blonde goddess", and as far away from any image of his childhood coalmining town. This film is a must for a truly concise Bronson collection, for it will enable you to simply travel back to 1970 and see him at a very successful, happy time in his life, while also seeing a nifty noir drama with very 1970's screechy-spagetti-western music. I love it. I had to have it. Try it. You'll see a side of him you likely have never seen.
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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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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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