Day of violence / Operazione Kappa: Sparate a vista (1977)

2.5 out of 5

With many Italian crime films of the 70's aping the American cop thriller, Day of violence plays more or less as a rip off of Al Pacino's Dog Day Afternoon with a sprinkle of The House at the Edge of the Park thrown in for good measure. After two guys meet at a party, they end up killing a woman and try to evade the police by holing themselves up in a restaurant taking the customers hostage and make their demands known to the police.

The minuscule budget of the film shows given that the second of half the movie is set solely in the restaurant with little action or excitement in the first except an attempted rape which sets up the events which follow. The restaurant part is what really lets this film down. Similar themed single setting scenario's like House at the Edge of the Park dealt with class clashes and had interesting dialogue between antagonists and protagonists interspersed with regular and disturbing sexual violence. This falls flat with boring bad guy dialogue toying with the scared customers for what seems like an eternity and despite it's title, crime and exploitation fans will sadly find little in the way of any real violence. With a no budget crime film, an interesting and engaging plot is essential. Sadly, this film only has about 50% of a good script. Whilst not the worst, it would only be recommended to diehard fans of the genre.

Plaudits though to Bixio-Frizzi-Tempera who deliver a mighty high octane funk score which deserves a better film to attach itself. Also, the credits list the rather amusing name of Patricia Pilchard as one of its stars!

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