HEAVY MIDNITES: Assault With a Deadly Weapon


Calling all Italian genre film fans: Umberto “Cannibal Ferox” Lenzi’s Assault with a Deadly Weapon (aka Rome Armed to the Teeth) may be the nastiest, most furious, fastest moving and supremely satisfying Euro crime lunacy ever unleashed on the public! Maurizio Merli (the spitting image of Franco Nero) is a tough, violent cop who doesn’t mind bending the law while on his one-man mission to clean the streets. He’s primed to explode and has finally met his match: a machine-gun-carrying, hunchbacked psychotic killer terrorizing the city (an amazing, wisecracking Tomas Milian of The Big Gundown.) Trust us, this one play great with a crowd. Featuring a pulse-pounding Franco Micalizzi score, gorgeous Federico Zanni ‘scope cinematography, high-speed car chases and an unforgettable ambulance hijacking, Assault is an ultra-politically-incorrect poliziotteschi masterpiece packed with hard-boiled dialogue and shoot-first-ask-questions-later attitude. And it’s somehow still unavailable on DVD here in the USA!
Dir. Umberto Lenzi, 1976, 35mm, 95 min.

Watch the trailer for “Assault With A Deadly Weapon” (under the different English-language title “The Tough Ones”!
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