Review: Shoot First, Die Later (1974)

Here’s a story with a strong morale at the end: Crime doesn’t pay! DID YOU GET THAT??

blu“SHOOT FIRST, DIE LATER”(Il Poliziotto รจ Marcio)
1974
Euro-Crime
Italy/France

Director: Fernando Di Leo
Stars: Luc Merenda, Salvo Randone, Richard Conte
Distributor: Raro Video
Runtime: 94 mins
BLU RAY REGION A

“The Commissioner is planning to eat some people alive.”

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Domenico is a superstar cop who’s really a corrupt bastard. He looks up to his father, another police officer, who again is very proud of his son. But when Domenico have to get his criminal friends a paper from his father’s police-station, the father smells ugly business. And when things get personal and ugly, Domenico looses track of his life.

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Luc Merenda is not my favourite actor. This is said to be his biggest achievement. Well, it’s a good role, but I didn’t like him in it. That aside: It was a good euro-crime. Based on a real event as these flicks usually are. More drama than action, but enough tensity to make it work. Director Di Leo knows how to handle this genre with steady directing and a good script. Also: Watch out for some great minor characters. Love the ending. One to watch!

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