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What they say: Paul, Joe and Louie, three young men from good families, decide to go on a bloodthirsty and pointless crime spree, much to the dismay of Paul’s girlfriend (Eleonora Giorgi) and the local police commissioner (Tomas Milian) . The group starts by robbing a gas station where Paul guns down three people. They later rob a bank and a grocery store where Paul kills off an entire other gang that was helping him rob the place. It isn’t long before the entire police force is out to nab the 3 criminals, who pick up the girl and proceed to hightail it to the Swiss border.
What I say: Written by Italian crime maestro Fernando Di Leo, Young, Violent, Dangerous is a bit different from Di Leos signature crime films. This film follows three rich young men who go on a senseless rampage in Milan before heading off to the Swiss border. Perhaps because he did not direct it, this film seems to not have a strong directorial direction like other Di Leo films. This is a shame as I think this film could have been a lot better in more capable hands.
One of the things that makes Di Leos films are the characters they are usually fleshed out and a lot of fun to watch. In this film there is no real character development as you really don’t know them and as such, do not really care about what happens to them. I can’t help but wonder if the script was fiddled with by the director.
Another problem with this release is that it is not anamorphic widescreen. This is the first Raro release I have seen that did not do this and it was a real disappointment. Picture quality is fine but it fares badly on a HD display.