Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man. Neat title! Makes me want to start jodling with enthusiasm! The two sexist undercover cops (and best buddies) Fred and Tony are members of a special squad in Rome and they deal with scum all day long, enjoying every minute of it. Their methods are harsh and they love to torture baddies and blow shit up, which for some reason makes their boss mad. There’s not much more to say about the plot. It’s pretty much non existent. But the film is packed with action and it’s well-made, written by Fernando Di Leo and directed by Ruggero Deodato – two of the biggest names in the Italian crime genre.
Marc Porel and Ray Lovelock are great in the leads and their chemistry can even be compared to Tango & Cash (and I mean that as a compliment). Much of the film revolves around their relationship, and they’re more like vigilantes than cops. They bed any woman they come across, and they love to shoot bad guys together. You know, testosterone-driven male bonding and stuff like that. They even live together, and they prefer to share the same motorcycle when chasing bad guys. Director Ruggero Deaodato is best known for violent films such as Cannibal Holocaust, and this film is no exception. It’s not particularly nasty, but it’s more violent than many of the other eurocrime films from the early 1970’s. Unfortunately, Marc Porel died only 34 years old, but he managed to leave a powerful signature on cult movie history with ultra-cool films like this.
Release year: 1976
Director: Ruggero Deodato