Review: Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man (1976)

Brutal, misogynistic, immoral and a whole lot of fun.

blu“LIVE LIKE A COP DIE LIKE A MAN” (Uomini si Nasce Poliziotti si Muore)

Director: Ruggero Deodato
Stars: Marc Porel, Ray Lovelock, Adolfo Celi
Distributor: 88 Films
Runtime: 97 mins

“When the fox can’t reach the grapes he says they’re sour.”


Fred and Tony work together undercover as a special squad within the police. They like it hard and brutal and has licence to kill, and they kill and destroy with the greatest pleasure. They’re after a big crime boss, but a corrupt inspector is working in the shadows.


Ruggero “Cannibal Holocaust” Deodato serves us with a high-octane action flick. It’s over-the-top immoral, but that just adds to the political uncorrect, cynic, high-explosive Italian entertainment I like so well. There’s something strangely homo-erotic about the two main characters. They’re supposed to be getting all the women wet, but they live together in a tiny appartment, they ride together on the same bike, they eat together, they work together, they have sex…with the same women together and they look like gay models. Even though they’re a couple of disgusting, sexist and violent vigilante cops you kinda rule for them…in a sick kind of Italian 70’s way. Another well-made violent flick from the director.