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Wake Up and Kill

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Genres: Crime, Drama, Foreign
Director: Carlo Lizzani
Plot Synopsis:

Wake Up & Kill - this thrilling precursor to the Poliziotteschi genre tells the story of real-life 'machine gun soloist' Luciano Lutring and features of a raft of talent including director Carlo Lizzani (Requiescant), screenwriter Ugo Pirro (Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion) and the iconic Ennio Morricone!

During the 1960s Luciano Lutring committed more than one hundred armed robberies in Italy and on the French Riviera. To the media he was the 'machine gun soloist', a name he'd earned as he kept his weapon in a violin case. To the public he was a Robin Hood figure, one who only targeted the wealthy, stealing more than 35 billion lire during his criminal career.

Wake Up and Kill was the logical extension of such fame. It became the first feature to commit Lutring's story to celluloid, shooting having begun mere months after his eventual arrest. Capitalising on the breakthrough success of his performance in French television's The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Robert Hoffmann is perfect as Lutring, bringing just the right amount of charisma and youthful exuberance to his first major big screen role.

Directed by Carlo Lizzani (Requiescant), scored by Ennio Morricone, penned by the future screenwriter of Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, and featuring that film's star, Gian Maria Volonté, in a key supporting role, Wake Up and Kill's true-crime thrills serve as an enthralling dry run for the poliziotteschi movies that would follow a few years later.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: November 24th, 2015
    Movie Release Year: 1966
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Arrow Video
  • Technical Specs
    Specs:Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
    High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
    Audio Formats:Optional English and Italian soundtracks presented in their original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
    Subtitles/Captions:Newly-translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
    Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
    Special Features:Theatrical trailer
    Limited Edition illustrated collector's booklet containing new writing on the film by Roberto Curti, author of Italian Crime Filmography 1968-1980 and Italian Gothic Horror Films 1959-1969