New Godfathers, The / I contrabbandieri di Santa Lucia (1979)

1.0 out of 5

An absolutely prolific disaster in poliziotteschi film-making, which, if it didn't wander so often into areas of such comedic incompetence, would be tolerable at best. Actions scenes are sloppily stunt-coordinated, the acting is on par with the kind of ethnic posturing found in Banana Republic soap operas, and even poor Mario Merola so recklessly recoils his hand from shooting his pistol, one can only imagine the number of Neopolitan bystanders struck by invisible bullets.

If the noisy performances aren't enough, the movie manages to offer no action for twenty minute intervals. We get regurgitated footage of the film's generously provided foreign locales, and few of the film's car models match. Surprisingly, the extensive stock footage includes the movie's one and only impressive stunt sequence involving a speeding vehicle on a moving train. Obviously, the Cammora-financed budget could only purchase this segment of film for its entire length of 35 seconds.

Lots of relentless dialogue and unecessary characters. Even Antonio Sabato has nothing more to do than parade that year's 1979 fashion in pimp suits. The movie's climactic chase music is unprecedented in its obnoxious inappropriateness to what is playing onscreen.

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