Crimebusters / Poliziotti violenti (1976)

3.0 out of 5

Not to be confused with the 1977 Terence Hill and Bud Spencer vehicle of almost the same name, this solid actioner from Michele Massimo Tarantini pairs Eurocrime great Henry Silva with toothy Milano Rovente star Antonio Sabato.

When military issue machine guns start finding their way onto the streets of Milan, tough guy Commissioner Tosi, Sabato, a thoroughly lovely chap who thinks the formation of a police state is the answer to his country’s problems, forms an uneasy alliance with one Major Altieri, Silva, whose investigations into defective parachutes and the aforementioned illicit firearms are making him very unpopular with the top brass.

As the two shoot, punch and kick through anyone fool enough to get in their way, with plenty of innocent bystanders getting filled with lead and blown to smithereens in the process, they find that this is a conspiracy reaching to levels way, way out of their league.

The film features an odd but occasionally effective score by Guido and Maurizio De Angelis which actually incorporates the sound of people screaming into the mix.

Not a classic by anyone’s standards but certainly worth a watch or two. The two leads’ paths would cross again several years later in Enzo Castellari’s Escape from the Bronx.

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