I bought A Man Called Magnum on DVD many, many years ago, but never got around to see it. I never buy movies on DVD or Blu-ray if I don’t plan on watching them. That’s right, I still buy movies. Even on VHS. But occasionally I over-estimate the free time I’m going to have. Anyway, I finally saw it the other day and I loved it. It’s a cool and gritty Italian crime film. The plot? A drug deal goes bad, people die and a supremely bad-ass Milanese cop (played by Euro-hunk Luc Merenda) who hates criminals is assigned to clean up Naples. This film doesn’t quite Reach the level of Fernando DiLeo and Umberto Lenzi’s crime films, in my opinion, but it’s very watchable.
Director Michele Massimo Tarantini was a former cameraman for Sergio Leone and he directed a lot of good cult films including Massacre in Dinosaur Valley
(1985) and one of my favorite women in prison films, Women in Fury
(1984). A Man Called Magnum has a low budget, but it’s still a fast moving and immensely entertaining film with a great cast and some really good action in it. Sure, you’ve seen it all before, the shootouts, the car chases, the gang rivalry and the tough cop who slaps around suspects, but if you’re a fan of the Eurocrime genre and French actor Luc Merenda, this film is worth checking out. It has a groove-alicious score, astonishing locations and an interesting twist where a girl draws pictures and sends them to the police as clues. Great film.
A Man Called Magnum (“Napoli si ribella”)
Release year: 1977
Director: Michele Massimo Tarantini
Stars: Luc Merenda, Enzo Cannavale, Adolfo Lastretti
Style and coolness
Forced drug injection
Angry people shooting at each other