Other Titles • • Brutale Stadt (1970) • The Family • Violent City • La Cite De La Violence
Synopses for Città violenta (1970)
Charles Bronson is the lone-wolf hitman, Jeff, determined not to join THE FAMILY in this violent crime drama. After getting out of jail in the Antilles, Jeff returns to New Orleans and his beautiful girlfriend Vanessa (Jill Ireland). The sharpshooting killer soon becomes embroiled in trouble, however, when Weber (Telly Savalas), the head of an organized crime family, pressures Jeff into coming back into the fold. Weber has a bombshell surprise for Jeff--Vanessa is now his mob trophy wife. When Jeff discovers his girlfriend has double-crossed him, he gets angry. VERY angry. And now the mob has become a target, because a certain hit man is out for bloody revenge. Bronson and Ireland, married in real life, stir up just the right amount of heat as a pair of lovers who define the ultimate love/hate relationship. THE FAMILY was originally titled, CITTA VIOLENTA (Violent City) referring to New Orleans, where the killing and bloodshed in the movie takes place. The film was an Italian production directed by Sergio Sollima and one of the contributing screenwriters was another Italian director, Lina Wertmuller. Savalas’s brother, George, who would also star with him on KOJAK, costars in the movie.
From the Back Cover In a city set to explode, one man has just lit the fuse. After a bloody double-cross leaves him for dead, professional hit man Jeff (Charles Bronson) tracks the shooter and his beautiful mistress (Jill Ireland) to New Orleans. But when Jeff takes both revenge and the woman, he finds himself blackmailed by a powerful crime boss (Telly Savalas), who wants the fiercely independent gunman to join his organization. Jeff refuses and is hunted through an unforgiving city where love is like a loaded gun and debts of vengeance are paid in bullets. This is no ordinary Bronson movie. Packed with savage action and a shocking twist ending, Violent City (also known as The Family) is directed by Sergio Sollima (The Big Gundown) from a fast-paced screenplay co-written by Lina Wertmuller and features a remarkable score by the legendary Ennio Morricone.
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