R | | Action, Crime, Thriller
A hitman is double-crossed by his girlfriend and barely escapes a murder attempt. He then sets out to take his revenge on the woman and the gang boss who put her up to it.
One of this movie's main English titles is "The Family" but the film is also known as "Violent City". Star Charles Bronson would later star in three other "Family" titled filmed productions. These were made for television and were the "Family of Cops" series of tele-movies [See: Family of Cops (1995), Breach of Faith: A Family of Cops II (1997), and Family of Cops III: Under Suspicion (1999)].
It's hopeless, you'll never believe me.
Vanessa Shelton: It's terrible, really, to be the way that I am. I'm always getting things wrong.
Vanessa Shelton: I was Coogan's girl when I met you.
Vanessa Shelton: He was terribly jealous. He realized right away something had changed. He had me followed, ...
In the shooting scene after Coogan and Vanessa left in the Porsche, the P08 Luger, with which Jeff kills his three pursuers, is seen at one moment in a take from behind with the breech opened (magazine empty) and in the very next moment in a take from the front with the breech closed (pistol loaded). This continuity-error is about ten minutes into the movie, in a scene where Jeff lies in the sand and shoots the last attacker on the other side of the burning car.
The end titles are brief, lasting little more than thirty seconds, accompanied by Ennio Morricone's dramatic theme. The credits run out after a mentioning of a wig supplier. Blank screen. The theme music continues gloriously, till eventual completion.
The Anchor Bay DVD version restores eight minutes of footage originally cut by United Artists for the U.S. release. Because these scenes were never dubbed into English, they are presented in their original Italian language with English subtitles.