YOUNG, VIOLENT, DANGEROUS (1976) Reviews of Italian action crime – free to watch online

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Young, Violent, Dangerous is a 1976 Italian poliziotteschi film about three young men on a manic crime spree of robbery and murder.

Directed by Romolo Guerrieri from a screenplay written by Fernando Di Leo and Nico Ducci based on a storyline by Di Leo and short stories by Giorgio Scerbanenco. Produced by Ermanno Curti and Marcello Partini. Executive produced by Armando Novelli.

The movie stars Stefano Patrizi, Benjamin Lev, Max Delys, Eleonora Giorgi (Inferno), Tomas Milian and Venantino Venantini.

“With a tighter script from the late Fernando Di Leo that delved more into character development, a stronger cop character with more relevance to the story and more screen time and a better score, Young, Violent, Dangerous would have been one of the best the genre has to offer. Instead it is downgraded to a “good” entry that is definitely worth owning for fans of this gritty genre of Italian crime films.” Blood Brothers

” …Tomas Milian is sympathetic as the commissioner trying to bring the killers in, but even this decent man is helpless against such nihilistic violence. Although director Romolo Guerrieri doesn’t appear to have a particularly notable filmography, he handles Di Leo’s script efficiently, with strong action sequences and enough attention to character to keep things interesting.” Cagey Films

“This stuff is all great but director Guerrieri — presumably not Di Leo, whose other films generally don’t come with morals — adds an after-school special mentality, as if to warn all young audience members not to engage in this kind of behavior […] It’s certainly not the cathartic stuff we usually get from Di Leo, but it does have its moments.” Combustible Celluloid

“The film gives the inept police and the youthful rebels a bad name and is at its best when it offers no reasons why the trio is so messed up and anti-social letting the grim story play out as an exercise in chilling uncontrollable nihilism. It’s a misogynistic film, with the gang leader an incurable homicidal sociopath and a possible closeted homosexual.” Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews


“Visually, Young, Violent, Dangerous is directed with flair by Guerrieri, whose set pieces, including the robberies and an extended car chase, are all well done and which use their Milano locations well. The climatic standoff between the gang and the police uses well a unique, dizzyingly high bridge connecting two mountains. The credits and original poster art play up Tomás Milián’s role, but he’s more on the sidelines…” DVD Talk

” …Young, Violent, Dangerous questions the social constructs of the economic system, traditional understandings of masculinity, and the proliferation of violence. While it manages to do all this in its 96-minute running time, it asks questions that will leave viewers wondering well beyond its end credits.” Film Monthly


“Crime sprees usually make for can’t-miss concepts in films, but Young, Violent, Dangerous — while amusing in its first act — is too off-target to register for greatness. Milian’s a fine hero, naturally, but his screen time is limited, given over to the three punks you really don’t want to hang out with. Eurocrime can offer much worse, but it also can offer much better. ” Flick Attack

” …on this occasion, di Leo’s pen is less caustic than elsewhere, and Young, Violent, Dangerous suffers from overtly didactic dialogue: too many things are explained and underlined as if the filmmaker and scriptwriter were afraid that the audience wouldn’t get them, while the film’s best moments are where reticence prevails.” Roberto Curti, Italian Crime Filmography 1968 – 1980


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“The Di Leo touch is certainly in evidence here, both in the high-octane heist and chase scenes and the weird interludes with the kids hanging out among their own and cutting up […] Though Milian may be the star attraction here […] it’s really the younger actors’ show all the way…” Mondo Digital


“Script co-written by Fernando di Leo and full of his trademarks not least the sociological analysis of crime aspect. In this case it’s a bracingly frank put down of the lad’s comfortably middle-class parents whom Milan’s copper bluntly accuses of having created these monsters because they’ve been too bloody busy to show them any love.” Neatly Arranged Rubbish

“As far as the performances are concerned, top billed Milian is his typically reliable self here […] The three kids who make up the gang, however, play their respective roles with a lot more enthusiasm, obviously relishing the chance to make a name for themselves with these parts and putting a lot more effort and energy into their work.” Rock! Shock! Pop!


“There are a number of pretty stupendous set pieces in the film. Some incredible random violence on the street, an absurdly violent supermarket heist, and an impromptu dutch oven orgy all crank up the energy and make this a breezy hour and a half.” Screen Anarchy

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