Kidnap / Fatevi vivi: la polizia non interverrà (1974)

2.5 out of 5

Very much Eurocrime-by-numbers Kidnap has the feel of an Umberto Lenzi feature, Almost Human in particular, as a trenchcoated Henry Silva attempts to rescue the captive young daughter of wealthy industrialist who has been held hostage, on a barge, by a desperate gang of criminals.

Prolific character actor Paul Muller makes a brief appearance as does Franco Diogene, a man who giallo fans may particularly remember as meeting his demise while in possession of his inflatable lover in a certain Andrea Bianchi sleazefest.

While Kidnap cannot really be considered a genre classic, Giovanni Fago, a director who largely made a career in television, here delivers everything that fans of the grittier end of the genre should expect to find in such a film.

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