Long Arm of the Godfather, The / La mano lunga del padrino (1972)

2.5 out of 5

With a styling that is a little bit Fernando Di Leo and a little bit Andrea Bianchi and in particular Guns Of The Bigshots the somewhat bipolar Long Arm of the Godfather draws in the viewer with sheer persistence as a stop start opening third eventually coalesces around a pretty solid smuggling and dodge the godfather themed story.

Moving the action from Italy to what appears to be Morrocco the movie brings mayhem amongst the minarets as the mob led by a masochistic Adolfo Celi and his band of club fisted, craggy faced henchmen pursue an equally mad and misogynistic double crosser and his moll.

The score is by Silvano D'Auria and in places is reminiscent of that which accompanies the moments of manic mirth in Lucio Fulci's Operation St Peter.

Of particular note is the cinematography courtesy of occasional Alfonso Brescia collaborator Silvio Fraschetti and the very best is teased from some less conventional Eurocrime locations while the starring performances from Peter Lee Lawrence and Erika Blanc are to be commended. The film closes an ambiguous ending as a downright nasty bully of a protagonist and his long suffering yet loyal girlfriend seem to be left to their fate.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics