|STREET PEOPLE (GLI ESECUTORI/THE SICILIAN CROSS/THE EXECUTIONER) (director/writer: Maurice Lucidi; screenwriters: story by Maurice Lucidi, Roberto Leoni & Franco Bucceri/Nicola Badalucco/Randal Kleiser/Ernest Tidyman; cinematographer: Aiace Parolin; editor: Renzo Lucidi; music: Luis Bacalov ; cast: Roger Moore (Ulysses), Stacy Keach (Charlie Hanson), Ivo Garrani (Salvatore Francesco), Fausto Tozzi (Nicoletta), Ettore Manni (Bishop Lopetri), Ennio Balbo (Continenza), Luigi Casellato (Pete); Runtime: 92; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Manolo Bolognini /Luigi Borghese; AIP/Vestron (MGM); 1976-Italy-in Italian, dubbed in English)|
mindless Mafia pic that just doesn't make
by Dennis Schwartz
A routine mindless
Mafia pic that just doesn't make sense. It veers
between Sicily and San Francisco. Director Maurice
Motel"/"The Designated Victim"/"Hercules the
Avenger") bases it on the story he wrote with Roberto
Leoni & Franco Bucceri. William
Garroni also directs a few scenes. Included among the
six listed screenwriters are Randal Kleiser
(Grease director) & Ernest Tidyman (French
Connection screenwriter). The starring
roles are played by English speaking stars, while the
rest of the cast is Italian. It features the usual
generic wiseguy talk, chases and shoot-outs.
(Roger Moore) is the half-Italian and
half-English lawyer, who was raised in Italy. He now
works for the Mafia based in San Francisco. He is the
nephew of the Mafia don (Ivo Garrani). When three
hoods rip off the Mafia's million dollar shipment of
heroin, which was stored in a cross sent to San
Francisco from a church in Sicily, the don orders his
nephew to track down the thieves. Charlie Hanson
(Stacy Keach) is the lawyer's auto racing pal, who
helps to find the drugs and bad guys by checking out
all the seedy haunts in town, Ulysses
conducts his search in Sicily. When
the guys reunite in San Francisco, the crime drama
starts to look like a bloody spaghetti western.
are flashbacks to us in on events and double-crosses.
story is a mess. The actors seem clueless on how to
play their parts. But there's one very funny sequence,
with the fun-loving Stacy Keach in the smashing
"car test-drive" scene.
REVIEWED ON 7/15/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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