Death Rage (1976)

Death Rage (1976)

Released: 1976
Genre: Crime, Genre, Thriller
Director: Antonio Margheriti
Starring: Barbara Bouchet, Massimo Ranieri, Yul Brynner, ,
Run time: 98 min
IMDb: 5.1/10
Country: Italy
Views: 76188


When a mobster is assassinated in Naples by the gangsters of Gennaro Gallo, the retired hit-man Peter Marciani learns that Gallo was the responsible for the murder of his brother. He travels from New York to Italy to revenge his brother and he hires the smalltime crook Angelo to work for him. Angelo introduces Peter to the dancer Anny and they have a love affair. Meanwhile the Italian police inspector unsuccessfully tries to anticipate Peter’s move.
Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
User Reviews: I can only imagine that Death Rage was meant as some sort of cash in on the success of Yul Brynner’s earlier movies because as a film in its own right, it really is severely lacking. This is actually quite a surprise too as it’s directed by Antonio Margheriti who, while certainly in the ‘B’ category of Italian directors active in the seventies, still made some very good films with the likes of Schoolgirl Killer and Danse Macabre. This, however, is not one of his finer hours. The plot is just your average everyday story of a hit-man looking for revenge on someone that he is close to; in this case, it’s the death of his brother and on the way to his revenge he falls in love with a stripper played by Barbara Bouchet. Yul Brynner often gets the "hard man" act spot on; but personally I find him to be uncharismatic and I can’t really say I’m a fan. The main reason I saw this film is because of the inclusion of the beautiful Barbara Bouchet; but unfortunately for me (and the rest of the red blooded male audience) she is sadly underused. There’s a fair bit of action in the film, but to be honest I couldn’t really care about it as the plot line is so boring. The film hasn’t exactly won itself a good reputation in the thirty years since it was made and I’m not surprised about that. I can’t really say there’s any good reason to see this film.

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