Big Racket, The / Il grande racket (1976)

2.0 out of 5

Over-shadowed by a meraviglioso car stunt which dazzles the viewer as much as it pre-occupies them with the mechanics of its design, this Enzo G. Castellari poliziottescho doesn’t age very well. The superb DeAngelis brothers score deserves better than this flick’s clumsy Burt Reynolds movie fist-fights, embarrassing attempts at humor, low-budget special effects, homages to The Dirty Dozen, and the extreme, ambitious violence which seems to belong to another, more serious, movie. Renzo Palmer provides some relief as a victimized daddy who loses his senses, and lead Fabio Testi fits into his denim vigilante outfit well. A lot of gunfire and noise may mask the DeAngelis music, unfortunately, and they do provide cover for Castellari's flaws but the strength the movie lies mostly in its opening credits and the decent menagerie of ugly faces onscreen.

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