Tuesday, September 27, 2011

THE BIG RACKET (1976) - Enzo Castellari

Like Castellari's earlier Street Law, The Big Racket is an energetic, well-edited piece of Eurocrime popcorn, more fun than any movie starring a guy named Fabio has a right to be. Mr. Testi's a cop taking on an arm of the Italian mob (headed up by a British guy, oddly), an arm that's gotten too cavalier in its protection services as of late (murder, molestation, etc.). It's up to polizia Fabio, the wronged business owners and many, many guns to take their just revenge on "the racket."

The end of this movie has one of the best warehouse shootouts I've yet to see and a wonderful Vincent Gardenia. Not to mention a theme song that sounds a scant note or two away from Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida."

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