Don't Trust the Mafia / I guappi non si toccano (1979)

1.0 out of 5

Despite an astonishing opening which celebrates the discovery of a morbidly obese corpse to the sounds of Tullio De Piscopo's joyful funk, director Mario Bianchi manages to shoot a poliziottescho featuring as little action as your average t.v. episode of Matlock. What action there is suffers from hard to believe stunt coordination. Missed punches, kicks and words exchanged, due to to some negligent dubbing, all add up to an Italian crimer that joins the list of other dreary contributions such as Violence For Kicks and Beast With A Gun. Composer De Piscopo's funk is extraordinary, though, especially being the man is a drummer who colors the movie with all manner of percussion and Billy Cobham jazz runs. Too bad this often includes hideous electric disco drums that sound like robots' flatulence.

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