Street Law (film)

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Street Law
Directed by Enzo G. Castellari
Produced by Mario Cecchi Gori[1]
Screenplay by
Music by Guido & Maurizio De Angelis[1]
Cinematography Carlo Carlini[1]
Edited by Gianfranco Amicucci[1]
Capital Film
Distributed by Cineriz
Release date
  • September 17, 1974 (1974-09-17) (Italy)
Running time
100 minutes[1]
Country Italy[1]
Box office ₤1.723 billion

Street Law (Italian: Il cittadino si ribella, lit. "The Citizen Rebels") is a 1974 poliziotteschi film. This film stars Franco Nero, Barbara Bach and was directed by Enzo G. Castellari.


Carlo Antonelli (Franco Nero), an average citizen until the day he is brutally beaten during a violent robbery. But when the police drop the case and the suspects remain free, Carlo is pushed beyond his breaking point. Now one man will launch an all-out war against the criminal scum who plague the cities, where justice has its own rules, vengeance needs no badge and the only force that matters is Street Law.



Director Enzo Casterllari stated that producer Cecchi Gori did not want him to shoot the opening sequence the way he wanted due to budget constraints.[2] Castellari made an agreement with the suntmen and Rocco Lerro, and shot all the scenes a little bit every day without pay without a shooting permit.[2]

The film was shot at Incir-De Paolis in Rome and on location in Genoa.[1]


Street Law was released on September 17, 1974 in Italy where it was distributed by Cineriz.[1] The film grossed 1,723,405,000 Italian lira.[1] The commercial success of Street Law paved the way for poliziotteschi's most critically panned subgenre, the vigilante film.[1] This was before other films of the genre such as Death Wish were released in Italy.[1]

The film was released in the United Kingdom under the title Vigilante II.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Curti 2013, p. 122.
  2. ^ a b Curti 2013, p. 123.


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

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