Il boss (Wipeout!) (1973)
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Critic Reviews for Il boss (Wipeout!)
Glacial and unenlightening, spotlighting a cast of snoozy characters failing to intertwine as intended, reduced to talking heads in a picture that requires more of a direct punch.
Audience Reviews for Il boss (Wipeout!)
Henry Silva is the absolute BOMB as a hitman caught in the middle of a mob war, and he spends most of his time holed up in a little fuckpad with a mafia boss's daughter, who is a real bitch in heat and keeps him busy when she's not bitching non-stop about EVERYTHING. Great little film, they really don't make them like this anymore. Recommended.
Welcome to the wonderful world of "Poliziottesco" , a sub-genre of Italian film popular in the mid 70's, notable for it's complete lack of grey area sentimentality, gratuitous helpings of gun play, violence, gangsters, crooked cops, cheap meaningless sex, fuzz-tone soundtracks, and expatriate actors slumming to the highest level. Henry Silva gets my undisputed award for having the meanest mug ever in cinematic history [sorry Lee Van Cleef and Danny Trejo] and he's perfect as Lanzetti, the hit man for Don Corrasco [Richard Conte aka Barzini in The Godfather]. Silva does his best to exterminate the rival Don Cocchi's gang, an awesome villain who is so greasy he'd keep Crisco in business for a decade. However, the usual dirty cops, duplicitous females, and double crosses ensue, and soon our anti hero is looking out for #1, spraying the country side with lead. These films are a load of fun, and Il Boss is one of the best, but despite it's reputation, I have seen better! [Lenzi's Almost Human comes to mind]. However, Il Boss would make as fine of an intro to this genre as any, so put a few steaks on the grill, crack a cold one, call the boys, and buy the ol' lady and her sister a couple of tickets to the opera this weekend - Poliziottesco films make a UFC match look like a poetry reading.
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