Guns Of The Big Shots / Quelli che contano (1974)

3.5 out of 5

Those who enjoy their Italian crime film with extra slice of sleaze will absolutely love Guns Of The Big Shots. Also known as Cry of a Prostitute this jaw dropping Andrea and Adelchi Bianchi effort is really a spaghetti western style tale reworked as a mafia film.

Starring Henry Silva as a hitman and Barbara Bouchet as a gangster's moll Bianchi really pulls out the grindhouse big guns here. Marvel at the use of dead children with heroin stitched up inside them, gangsters reduced to bloody pancakes by a steamroller, the rough anal rape of Bouchet against the body of a bloody pig and countless exploding blood squibs. Nearly everyone dies in this and the body count is massive.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the lot is how beautifully shot this piece of extremely exploitative eurocrime really is. The film looks incredible.

One can never approach a film like Guns Of The Big Shots as a piece of high art, nor is that the intention. The director of such sleazy gems as Strip Nude For Your Killer and Malabimba, The Malicious Whore is merely going to entertain. Recommended.

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