Rome: The Other Side of Violence / Roma: L'Altra Faccia Della Violenzia (1976)

4.0 out of 5

Exciting poliziotteschi from director Franco Martinelli proves that even those most discriminating critics of the European B movie genre can't deny quality where it is found. Marcel Boffuzzi plays against type, that is not playing a sadistic sweaty killer, as a police commissioner on the trail of a particularly foul gang of thugs who terrorize the city more out of contempt for humanity than the fact that they're bored rich kids out for violent kicks. One chaotic car chase through downtown Rome featuring lobbed grenades is a highlight, accompanied by the movie's gritty and realistic procedural narrative that concerns disassembling a city full of street criminals to eventually find the unlikely, but no less hateable, suspects. Subplot involving Anthony Steffen, as an obsessed, vengeance-consumed father out to liquidate the scum who took his daughter's life, is nicely incorporated into the story. Decent locations, an almost minimalist score, and sporadic, punctuating action and violence, one incident actually based on the real life-abduction of two girls who were raped and beaten by rich kid sickos, make this a well-directed, worthy crimer with plenty of guts and integrity.

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