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The Climber (L'ambizioso)

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The Climber
LAmbizioso Poster.jpg
Italian Theatrical Poster
Country ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Pasquale Squitieri
Release Date 1975
Language Italian
Studio Laser Films
Distributor Titanus
Main Cast
Character Actor
Aldo Joe Dallesandro
Luciana Stefania Casini
Ciriaco Benito Artesi
Don Enrico Raymond Pellegrin
Gianni Giovanni Cianfriglia
Carlo Ferdinando Murolo
Bernard Lorenzo Piani
Corrado Giuseppe Leone

The Climber (L'ambizioso, literally "The ambitious") is a 1975 Italian crime movie directed by Pasquale Squitieri. Aldo (Joe Dallesandro), a small time smuggler in Naples, tries to rise in the criminal underworld and clashes with the powerful crime boss Don Enrico (Raymond Pellegrin).

The following weapons were used in the film The Climber (L'ambizioso):


Ruger Blackhawk

Aldo's henchman Bernard (Lorenzo Piani) uses a Ruger Blackhawk revolver.

Ruger Blackhawk - .44 Magnum. This is the original Flat top Blackhawk.
Bernard fires at attackers during the ambush on Aldo's car.
Bernard holds his revolver when Aldo's gang prepares to intercept Don Enrico's trucks with illegal cargo.
Bernard takes aim. The chambers of his revolver seem to be empty.
Bernard fires his revolver during the shootout on Don Enrico's factory. Again the chambers are empty, so the muzzle flashes are likely a pyrotechnical effect.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 / Riva Esterina Dobermann

Drug dealer Corrado (Giuseppe Leone) is briefly seen holding a snub nose revolver that may be a Smith & Wesson Model 36 or its Italian clone Riva Esterina Dobermann that is often seen in 1970s films. Similar snub nose revolvers are also seen in hands of Aldo's and Enrico's henchmen in various scenes. All these guns are seen briefly or in distance.

For comparison: Riva Esterina Dobermann - .38 Special
Corrado draws the revolver but has no chance to use it.
The revolver in Corrado's dead hand.
Aldo's henchman holds a snub nose revolver during the attack on Don Enrico's trucks.
Aldo grabs a revolver from the hands of his overzealous henchman.
The revolver is seen in Aldo's hands.

Unidentified revolver

During the shootout on the factory one of Don Enrico's henchmen holds a stainless steel or nickel plated revolver. The gun is seen only in distance.



High Standard Derringer

When Aldo (Joe Dallesandro) becomes a crime boss, he carries a High Standard Derringer.

High Standard Derringer, white plastic grips - .22 Magnum
Wounded Aldo draws a derringer during the attack on his car.
Aldo aims his derringer at Don Enrico.
He fires.

Beretta M1951

Numerous criminals use Beretta M1951 pistols throughout the movie.

Beretta M1951 - 9x19mm
"Frenchman" (Tony Askin) drops his Beretta M1951 when Aldo threatens him with a knife.
Corrado (Giuseppe Leone) holds a Beretta 1951 when Aldo visits him at night.
Don Enrico's henchman carries a Beretta 1951 tucked into his belt.
He attaches an obviously fake sound suppressor that is screwed inside the barrel, like it is seen in many other films.
A Beretta 1951 is seen in hands of an attacker during the ambush on Aldo's car.
One of Don Enrico's henchmen fires a Beretta 1951 during the shootout on the factory. The spent cartridge is seen in midair.
One of Aldo's henchmen holds Don Enrico's bodyguard at gunpoint with his Beretta while another one takes the bodyguard's pistol.
Another Aldo's henchman holds a Beretta 1951.

Bernardelli Model 69

Aldo (Joe Dallesandro) and another shooter fire Bernardelli Model 69 pistols on the shooting range.

Bernardelli Model 69 - .22LR
Aldo aims the Bernardellu Model 69 pistol on the shooting range.
A shooter loads his pistol.
Same character fires his pistol.

Bernardelli Model 60

What appears to be a Bernardelli Model 60 is seen in hands of a shooter on the shooting range.

Bernardelli Model 60 - .32 ACP
A Bernardelli Model 60 pistol is seen behind Aldo.

Mauser C96

In the final scene a hitman holds a Mauser C96 pistol. This is an early "Large Ring Hammer" or C99 "Regia Marina" (the latter model has slab-sided receiver but the pistol is seen only in darkness so this detail is unclear).

For comparison: Mauser C96 with large ring hammer - 7.63x25mm Mauser
For comparison: Mauser C99 "Regia Marina". It has a slab-sided receiver, the early large ring hammer, and a generally less refined appearance.
The hitman holds his pistol. The large ring hammer can be seen.
The hitman goes away after his work is complete.

Unidentified pistols

A number of unidentified pistols are seen in the scene on the shooting range.

A very indistinctly visible gun.
Same pistol is seen in distance. Its thin barrel and large hammer spur allow to guess that it's a single shot sporting pistol.
Another indistinctly visible gun.

Submachine Guns

Beretta M12

Beretta M12 submachine guns are used by both Aldo's and Don Enrico's henchmen.

Beretta M12 - 9x19mm
Don Enrico's henchman holds a Beretta M12 when Aldo's gang makes ambush on the trucks with illegal cargo.
Another view of the same character with the Beretta M12 in hands.
Don Enrico's henchman with a Beretta M12 is gunned down during the shootout on the factory.
One of Aldo's henchmen holds a Beretta M12 in the same scene.
Same character holds the Beretta M12.


Double Barreled Shotgun

Both Aldo's and Don Enrico's henchmen use Double Barreled Shotguns.

Don Enrico's henchman holds a short-barreled shotgun with exposed hammers during the ambush on the factory.
He loads the gun.
He drops the shotgun, being gunned down.
Another henchman holds same looking shotgun.
Gianni (Giovanni Cianfriglia) holds a shotgun in the same scene.

Beretta RS-200

A pump action shotgun is seen in hands of Aldo's henchman. It resembles Beretta Model RS-200.

Beretta RS-200 - 12 Gauge
The henchman holds his shotgun.
The shotgun is seen at the foreground.


A US Navy aircraft carrier, supposedly Kitty Hawk-class. F-4 Phantom fighter planes and E-2 Hawkeye airborne early warning planes are seen on the deck.
A US Navy Permit-class nuclear submarine in Naples.

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