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Street Law (1974)

Il cittadino si ribella (original title)
Carlo Antonelli, an engineer from Genoa, gets mugged and decides to take justice into his own hands. At first the muggers seem to get the upper hand, but then he's helped by Tommy, a young robber who takes his side.


Enzo G. Castellari


Massimo De Rita (story), Dino Maiuri (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Franco Nero ... Carlo Antonelli
Giancarlo Prete ... Tommy
Barbara Bach ... Barbara
Renzo Palmer Renzo Palmer ... Police Inspector
Nazzareno Zamperla Nazzareno Zamperla ... Carlo's Assailant with Beard
Massimo Vanni ... Carlo's Assailant with Unibrow
Romano Puppo ... Ringleader of Carlo's Assailants
Renata Zamengo Renata Zamengo ... Cavallo
Franco Borelli Franco Borelli ... Borelli
Mauro Vestri Mauro Vestri ... Bar Italia Bartender
Luigi Antonio Guerra Luigi Antonio Guerra ... Gianni Rubei (as Luigi Guerra)
Adriana Facchetti Adriana Facchetti ... Bum


Carlo Antonelli, an engineer from Genoa, gets mugged and decides to take justice into his own hands. At first the muggers seem to get the upper hand, but then he's helped by Tommy, a young robber who takes his side.

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English | Italian

Release Date:

13 February 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Street Law See more »

Filming Locations:

Genoa, Liguria, Italy See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


On the commentary for the Blue-Underground DVD release, Director/Blue-Underground president William Lustig told director Enzo G. Castellari that "Il Cittadino si rubella" was the inspiration for his film Vigilante (1982). They both started laughing because "Il Cittadino si rubella" was retitled "Vigilante II" when released on video in the United Kingdom. This means the film that inspired the other illogically became its "sequel." See more »


After two young thugs hit Franco Nero's car and threaten him, a boom mike is reflected in their car as they drive off. See more »


Tommy: [Tommy felt unconscious and almost bleed to death, after being shot by the group of muggers] Hah, we made it... We got rid of them.
Carlo Antonelli: Hah, you bet your ass.
Tommy: [Carlo put unconscious Tommy aside from the bulldozer] The garage. I deserve... my down payment, huh?
Carlo Antonelli: You sure do. We are going to open the biggest garage of all time. You'll be famous. Big Tommy, a real personality, and all the girls will come to your garage just to see Big Tommy!
Tommy: [still straining] Jesus... What a big garage you found...
Carlo Antonelli: Yeah.
Tommy: ...
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Alternate Versions

German VHS version was heavily cut/reedited and runs ca. 74 min (PAL). See more »

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not the best Euro-crime, but lots of fun
5 August 2004 | by AylmerSee all my reviews

The best part of this film is definitely the scene where a filthy and beaten-up Franco Nero has to outrun a '66 Mustang in a junkyard, complete with a really good long lens slow motion shot of Nero running toward the camera with a car right behind him.

The plot details Nero's quest to bring three bank robbers (Romano Puppo, Nazzareno Zamperla, and Massimo Vanni) who took him hostage and beat him up to justice. To do this, he blackmails a local street thug (Giancarlo Prete in a good role) and forces him to show him around the underworld and eventually find them to exact vigilante justice on them. What sets this mundane tale apart are the frequent changes-of-alliance and doublecrosses, as the action sequences are relatively weak (considering it's a Castellari movie). STREET LAW is not really that violent either when compared with most other Italian crime films. (Compare Romano Puppo's final scene here with a similar scene in Lucio Fulci's CONTRABAND.)

Guido and Maurizio De Angelis's score is certainly similar to their work for the many Bud Spencer / Terence Hill films (though not under their usual Oliver Onions pseudonym), but to me sounds a lot better. While the songs are weird and use seemingly every possible instrument and sound in the book, the "Good Bye My Friend" song is a great song even though the lyrics in most of it make no sense. The same can be said of "Driving All Around". Nero once again plays the same character he plays in every movie, but his character is not totally developed (though that may have been hurt severely by the confusing re-editing of the US version that I saw) and his relationship with his girlfriend Barbara Bach is barely touched on. While the plot is simple, it often becomes uninteresting, and certainly doesn't have the more epic feeling of Castellari/Nero's previous film High Crime. Castellari's next film (the goofy but surreal CRY ONION) tried to capitalize off this one, with Nero once again up against the same trio of thugs along with another over-the-top De Angelis score, though any similarity with this film ends there.

Watch for an amusing cameo by charismatic American actor Mickey Knox (who made a career as a dubbing voice in many Italian movies and Japanese Anime cartoons) as a gangster who runs a gaming parlor.

Not a great film, but colorful and different enough to make it entertaining to most casual viewers.

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