Rulers of the City (aka Mr. Scarface aka I Padroni Della Citta)
3 out of 5 stars
Director Fernando Di Leo (CALIBER 9, THE ITALIAN CONNECTION, THE BOSS) returns with yet another Italian crime thriller from 1977. This time out, we get two small-time mob enforcers played by Harry Baer (THE THIRD GENERATION) and Al Cliver (Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND & ZOMBIE) who hatch a plot to con a mob boss played by Jack Palance (CITY SLICKERS, TANGO & CASH) out of a fortune. Overall, the film is quite entertaining, ably mixing crime drama and some elements of comedy. That’s not to say it’s a funny film – it’s not. But, there are elements here that are designed to lighten the mood. Acting is solid throughout and there is a tight script as a foundation. The third reel of the film is an intense cat-and-mouse chase scene through an abandoned slaughterhouse which is really well done. Fans of poliziotteschi will enjoy this as well as those who dig a good western-made crime thriller. Fun, violent, and full of 70s goodness!