The Tough Ones (1976 film)

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This article is about the 1976 film. For the 1999 Finnish film, see The Tough Ones.
The Tough Ones
Rome Armed to the Teeth.jpg
Italian film poster
Directed by Umberto Lenzi
Produced by
Screenplay by Dardano Sacchetti[2]
Story by Umberto Lenzi[2]
Music by Franco Micalizzi[2]
Cinematography Federico Zanni[2]
Edited by Daniele Alabiso[2]
  • Dania Film
  • Medusa Distribuzione
  • National Cinematografica[1]
Distributed by Medusa Distribuzione
Release date
  • February 25, 1976 (1976-02-25) (Italy)
Running time
95 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian
Box office ₤1.617 billion

The Tough Ones (Italian: Roma a mano armata, which translates as Rome Armed to the Teeth), also known as Brutal Justice and Assault with a Deadly Weapon,[3][4] is a 1976 Italian poliziotteschi film directed by Umberto Lenzi.



Director Umberto Lenzi was offered a script titled Roma ha un segreto (Rome Has a Secret), a spy story set in the popular Roman district Trastevere.[5] Lenzi felt that the script made no sense and trashed the script.[5] He then asked the producer to make a film about the violence that was surrounding Rome at the time. Within a week, Lenzi improvised a script.[5]


Rome Armed to the Teeth was released on February 25, 1976 in Italy where it was distributed by Medusa.[1] The film grossed 1,617,361,000 Italian lira.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Curti 2013, p. 163.
  2. ^ a b c d e Curti 2013, p. 162.
  3. ^ "Brutal Justice (1977)". Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Tough Ones". Grindhouse Releasing. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Curti 2013, p. 164.


  • Curti, Roberto (2013). Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980. McFarland. ISBN 0786469765. 

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