Review: The Cynic, the Rat and the Fist (1977)

For an euro-crime afficinado this casting is a wet dream.

dvd“THE CYNIC, THE RAT AND THE FIST” (Il cinico, l’infame, il violento)

Director: Umberto Lenzi
Stars: Maurizio Merli, Tomas Milian, John Saxon
Distributor: Pop Flix
Runtime: 93 mins

“Aren’t your balls broken yet?”


When “The Chinaman” escapes from prison his first target is the inspector that testified against him. Inspector Tanzi barely survives and hides out while the newspapers says he got killed. The Chinaman teams up with the ruthless mafia boss DiMaggio. He then tries to take over the whole business. Tanzi is working in the shadows until the two criminals, which are in each others throats by now, have to face their common enemy.


Umberto Lenzi has teamed up with the great screenwriter, Gastaldi, to deliver yet another fast-paced brutal action flick. Maurizio Merli is the ultimate alfa male hero in his role as Tanzi (his second Tanzi movie), Tomas Milian and John Saxon fits their roles perfectly as the evil criminals. This is hard-as-nails action as we like ’em. Pop a beer and enjoy!


Fun facts: The two big leads hated eachother at the time of shooting, so the director had to shoot the scenes they had together with first Milian, then Merli, and edit them cleverly afterwards.