Film #323: REVOLVER aka BLOOD IN THE STREETS
3 out of 5 stars
This early ‘70s Italian poliziottesco from Sergio Sollima stars Oliver Reed (who chews scenery like a starved man) and the great Fabio Testi (Fulci's CONTRABAND & Enzo Castellari's THE BIG RACKET) who reportedly did a lot of his own stunts. The story is a tale of kidnapping, jail breaks, double crosses, gunfights, and gratuitous face slapping. The action is pretty standard for this sort of fare, but Sollima keeps things moving and Reed is at his tough guy best. According to some sources, Reed's alcoholism was a major setback to the production. On any given afternoon, Reed would become so drunk that he would become violent on set, starting fights and challenging Testi to drinking games. Whatta guy! If you enjoy this type of film (and I do), you'll like this a lot.