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Violent City (The Family)(Città violenta) (1970)





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Jeff (Charles Bronson) is the New Orleans hit man working for the mob in this violent crime drama. Vanessa (Jill Ireland) is the femme fatal who betrays him and wavers between security and emotion. Jeff goes on a one man quest to stamp out unnecessary violence. Weber (Telly Savalas) is the ruthless crime boss who covets the city's biggest skyscraper. The building becomes symbolic of mob control as a war is fought over control of the structure. An auto chase scene provides some action, but the film is plagued by technical flaws and poor English overdubs. The film was not shown in the United States until 1974. with the emerging popularity of Bronson and Savalas prompting the release. Michel Constantine, Ray Sanders, and Benjamin Lev play Weber's mafia minions.


Charles Bronson
as Jeff Heston
Jill Ireland
as Vanessa Shelton
Telly Savalas
as Al Weber
Ray Sanders
as Black Prisoner
Benjamin Levy
as Jeff's Mate
Benjamin Lev
as Young Prisoner
Ray Saunders
as Prisoner
Peter Dane
as Television M.C.
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Critic Reviews for Violent City (The Family)(Città violenta)

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Charles Bronson gets screwed over in Violent City. In fact, he gets screwed over so many times that the film loses track of its internal timeline.

Full Review… | March 23, 2008
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Violent City (The Family)(Città violenta)

Professional hit man Heston (Bronson) gets double-crossed by his manipulative lover (Ireland), who sets him up to take the fall for a murder. Once out of prison, he seeks revenge on those behind it and eventually comes under the control of New Orleans mob boss Weber (Savalas), who has his own plans for Heston. Typical Eurocrime thriller has one knockout car chase sequence, a great Ennio Morricone score, and some interesting location photography. As usual, Bronson dominates the movie by sheer physical presence, reducing the other actors to just scenery. Savalas has fun with his cameo role, with Ireland's turn as femme fatale just OK. She's better in scenes where she doesn't speak, as her line delivery leaves a lot to be desired. Credit director Sollima with trying to make this more than what it is, though the political undercurrent he seeks will mostly come across to Italians. The final sequence is nicely done, with no dialogue or music. Charles Bronson fans will rate this higher, with the uncut DVD presentation likely to make more sense than the U.S. theatrical release.

Randy Bodine
Randy Bodine

Good opening car chase, the rest of the movie is pretty much shit. The last 5 minutes are almost ok. Should have just been called boring city.

Jon Waldman
Jon Waldman

A very Italian movie with the inclusion of Bronson as an American asskicker.

Christopher  Brown
Christopher Brown

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