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Syndicate Sadists (Il giustiziere sfida la città)

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Syndicate Sadists (Il giustiziere sfida la città)
Il giustiziere sfida la citta Poster.jpg
Original Italian Poster
Country ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Umberto Lenzi
Release Date 1975
Language Italian
Studio Dania Cinematografica
Medusa Distribuzione
Main Cast
Character Actor
Rambo Tomás Milián
Paterno Sr. Joseph Cotten
Ciccio Paterno Adolfo Lastretti
Conti Luciano Catenacci
Pino Scalia Mario Piave
Maria Scalia Maria Fiore
Giampiero Marsili Alessandro Cocco
Dr. Marco Marsili Silvano Tranquilli

Syndicate Sadists (original title Il giustiziere sfida la città ("The executioner challenges the city") is a 1975 Italian crime movie directed by Umberto Lenzi and starring Tomás Milián as a retired criminal known as "Rambo" who returns to his native city of Milan after several years abroad. He visits his close friend Pino Scalia who now works in private security company. Soon Pino is murdered while investigating the kidnapping of the teen son of local wealthy man. Rambo decides to avenge his friend and rescue the boy.

Trivia: the name of the main character is a tribute to David Morrell's novel First Blood (the base of famous 1982 film). Milián was very fond of the book and asked several Italian producers to purchase the rights for screen adaptation but these plans could not be implemented. As a "sweetener" Milián used the name Rambo for his character.

The following weapons were used in the film Syndicate Sadists (Il giustiziere sfida la città):


Colt Trooper Mk III

Rambo's (Tomás Milián) favoured handgun is a Colt Trooper Mk III revolver with 4" barrel. In one scene the revolver is briefly seen in hands of Ciccio Paterno (Adolfo Lastretti).

Colt Mk Trooper with 4" barrel - .357 Magnum
Rambo on shooting range.
Rambo holds his revolver after the chase.
After the death of his friend Rambo loads the revolver with flat-point bullets.
Ciccio Paterno takes the revolver from Rambo before allow him to visit Ciccio's father, crime boss Paterno.
Ciccio unsuccessfully tries to threaten Rambo with his own revolver.
Rambo loads the revolver.
Rambo surprises Conti and his mistress.
Rambo draws the revolver in the final scene.
A closeup of the muzzle.

Smith & Wesson Military & Police

Both Paterno's and Conti's henchmen use Smith & Wesson Military & Police revolvers.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver with 5" Barrel - .38 Special
Conti's henchman (Claudio Ruffini) guards kidnapped boy.
Another view of the same scene.
Paterno's henchman (Riccardo Petrazzi) aims a revolver.
The same gun is seen at the right.
One more view of the same revolver.
Conti's henchman (Luciano Pigozzi) holds an M&P revolver.
Another view of the revolver.

Smith & Wesson Model 36

Smith & Wesson Model 36 revolvers are also used by criminals.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special - 5 shot. First pattern with flat latch cylinder release.
Conti's henchman (Bruno Di Luia) holds a snub nose revolver during the heist in Paterno's illegal casino.
The same revolver is seen at the right.
Paterno's driver-bodyguard Franco (Mario Novelli) holds a snub nose revolver at the left.
Franco's revolver is seen in the car.

Röhm revolver

Pino Scalia's (Mario Piave) service sidearm is a long-barreled revolver with short unshrouded ejector rod, non-vent rib over the barrel, the frame with Colt-style sloped front and thumb-catch cylinder release. The combination of these features allows to guess the revolver to be a Röhm model, like RG35 (though the screen gun has a 6" barrel, unlike RG35).

Röhm RG35 - .22 Magnum
The grip of the revolver is seen in holster.
Rambo with his Colt Trooper and Pino with his revolver after the car chase.
The best view of Pino's revolver.


Beretta M1951

Beretta M1951 pistols are widely used by criminals.

Beretta M951 - 9x19mm
A criminal draws Beretta M1951 during the car chase.
Paterno's henchman, disguised as Guardia di Finanza officer, fires his Beretta during the attack on Conti's base.
Crime boss Conti (Luciano Catenacci) holds a Beretta M1951 in the climactic scene.
A closeup of Conti's pistol.

Beretta M1934

Beretta M1934 pistols are also used by criminals.

Beretta Model 1934 - .380 ACP
Conti (Luciano Catenacci) aims his Beretta M1934.
Another view of Conti's pistol.
Conti's henchman (Luciano Pigozzi) holds a Beretta M1934 during the heist in Paterno's illegal casino.
In the same scene Beretta M1934 is seen at the left.
Conti uses a suppressed Beretta M1934 in an attempt to assassinate Rambo.

Beretta Model 70

Beretta Model 70 pistols are also used by criminals.

Beretta Model 70 - .32 ACP
Conti's lieutenant (Giuseppe Castellano) repels the attack of Paterno's men.
Paterno's henchman (Bruno Di Luia) holds a Beretta Model 70 at the left.
Ciccio Paterno (Adolfo Lastretti) uses a suppressed Beretta Model 70 in an attempt to assassinate Rambo.

Wz. 35 Vis

During the heist in Paterno's illegal casino Conti's henchman (Luciano Pigozzi) holds a Wz. 35 Vis (instead of previously seen Beretta M1934). In the climactic scene a Vis is used by Ciccio Paterno (Adolfo Lastretti).

Wz. 35 Vis - 9x19mm - Left side
Conti's henchman threatens Paterno's henchman.
He fires his pistol in air.
Obviously unplanned moment: the pistol has a stovepipe jam when the cartridge (full cartridge with bullet) is trapped in the ejection port.
Ciccio Paterno holds his Vis in the climactic scene.

Luger P08

In the final scene Paterno Sr. (Joseph Cotten) commits suicide with a Luger P08.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm. This is blank adapted movie gun.
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Walther P38

A Walther P38 is used by a henchman (Luciano Pigozzi) when the criminals break into the apartments of Rambo's girlfriend Flora (Femi Benussi).

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
The man at the right holds a Walther.

Submachine Guns

Thompson M1928A1

Thompson M1928A1 SMGs are used by both Paterno's and Conti's henchmen.

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP. This specimen has the sling swivel relocated to the top of the stock, a modification often made to Thompsons in British service.
Ciccio Paterno (Adolfo Lastretti) fires a Thompson during the attack on Conti's base.
He reloads.
A close view of Ciccio's Thompson.
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Conti's henchman (Bruno Di Luia) returns fire with his Thompson.
A Thompson is seen next to the body of fake policeman.

Thompson M1A1

Thompson M1A1s are also seen in several scenes.

M1A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
Conti's henchman holds an M1A1 during the kidnapping of Giampiero Marsili.
Duval (Antonio Casale), another Conti's henchman, holds a Thompson at the right in the same scene.
A henchman holds an M1A1 in the climactic scene.

Beretta Model 38/42

During Paterno's attack on Conti's base one of Paterno's men, disguised as Guardia di Finanza officer, is armed with a Beretta Model 38/42 SMG.

Beretta Model 38/42 - 9x19mm
A fake officer breaks into Conti's base with the Beretta 38/42 SMG.


Mauser 98 Sporter

In the climactic scene Rambo (Tomás Milián) uses a Mauser 98 Sporter rifle.

German-style Mauser 98 Sporter Model B - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Rambo in ambush.
He aims.
Another view of the rifle.
The bolt handle is seen.

Other Weapons

Webley & Scott No.2 Mk. V Signal Pistol

In the climactic scene Rambo gives a Webley & Scott No.2 Mk. V Signal Pistol to kidnapped boy Giampiero Marsili (Alessandro Cocco).

Webley & Scott No.2 Mk. V Signal Pistol
Giampiero tries to fire the flare pistol.
The trigger pull is very heavy for ten-years-old boy.
But at last he manages to fire the gun.

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