Film #82: YOUNG, VIOLENT, DANGEROUS (aka LIBERI ARMATI E PERICOLOSI aka RACKET BOYS)
Young, Violent, Dangerous (aka Liberi Armati Pericolosi aka Racket Boys)
3 out of 5 stars
The dashing Tomas Milian (DON’T TORTURE A DUCKLING, FOUR OF THE APOCALYPSE, MILANO ODIA) stars in this poliziotteschi from 1976. Directed by Romolo Guerrieri (CITY UNDER SIEGE) and written by Fernando Di Leo (THE ITALIAN CONNECTION, THE BOSS, CALIBER 9), the film is the tale of three affluent and amoral teens who embark on a crime spree across the city of Milan. As the boys become more and more violent and out of control, the cops (lead by Milian) draw closer and closer until the bullet-ridden conclusion. The highlight of the film is definitely its chases and shootouts which are staged quite effectively given the film’s timeframe. Sure, some things don’t add up like how a guy in suburban Milan has a full-fledged armory in his rumpus room or why these two socially adept guys are hanging out with the cackling douchebag, but ok… The acting is solid (although Milian gets precious little screen time) and the story has a few things more than “youth gone wild” on its mind. At one point, Milian gives a terrific lecture to the kid’s parents on their complicity in their children’s crimes. There’s also an undercurrent of the role society at large has in the lack of boundaries given to “today’s” youth. The film has a kind of BONNIE & CLYDE aspect to it in that it investigates the momentum the committing of crimes can gather once things are set in motion. Well made, decently acted, a decent script… I wonder why more people don’t talk about this one.