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OLIVER REED AND FABIO TESTI ITALIAN CRIME FLICK 'REVOLVER'

Title: REVOLVER Year: 1973 Rating: ***1/2

Clever premise of a prison warden in genuine tough guy and here, promoted ex-cop Oliver Reed... who surreptitiously allows a prisoner to escape before abducting him in exchange for his (own) kidnapped wife between steely, intentionally claustrophobic scenes in dingy offices harboring dingier jail sells... 

The best moments involves uptight lawman Reed (described as "a stray dog without a home") and co-star Fabio Testi's initially reluctant, affable criminal teamed-up on the run — in the latter's rogue territory... 

Oliver Reed in REVOLVER

As the petty thief teaching the strict, timid lawman to steal a car a standout, and there needed more of this kind of Film Noir-inspired ambiguity beyond a meandering subplot involving a flaky musician connected to a powerful politician — while an uncompromising Reed, with an overly-pronounced American accent he's previously used satirically, doesn't overact to show the love for his wife (an insanely gorgeous Agostina Belli), or the needed desperation to cut corners... 

But if only Fabio Testi were given half his partner's infectious intensity and overall motivation instead of coolly underplaying a glib character meant to fit within the buddy-plot plot-line, REVOLVER... with a surging Ennio Morricone score and the usual dose of melodramatic vocal-dubbing... would be more a time-killer than time-filler. 

Paola Pitagora in REVOLVER
Oliver Reed in REVOLVER
French Connection actor Frédéric de Pasquale is the villain in REVOLVER
Paola Pitagora in REVOLVER
Oliver Reed in REVOLVER with Frédéric de Pasquale
Paola Pitagora and Oliver Reed in REVOLVER

Fabio Testi and Oliver Reed in REVOLVER
Fabio Testi in REVOLVER
Oliver Reed in REVOLVER
Fabio Testi and Oliver Reed in REVOLVER
Paola Pitagora and Oliver Reed in REVOLVER
Oliver Reed in REVOLVER
Oliver Reed in REVOLVER
Paola Pitagora and Oliver Reed in REVOLVER
Fabio Testi and Oliver Reed in REVOLVER
Oliver Reed in REVOLVER
Oliver Reed in REVOLVER
Oliver Reed in REVOLVER
Oliver Reed in REVOLVER
Oliver Reed in REVOLVER
Oliver Reed in REVOLVER
Oliver Reed in REVOLVER
Oliver Reed in REVOLVER
Oliver Reed in REVOLVER
Oliver Reed in REVOLVER
Frédéric de Pasquale and Daniel Beretta in REVOLVER
Oliver Reed in REVOLVER
Oliver Reed in REVOLVER
Oliver Reed in REVOLVER with Fabio Testi
Oliver Reed in REVOLVER
Oliver Reed in REVOLVER
Oliver Reed in REVOLVER
Oliver Reed in REVOLVER
FABIO TESTI in REVOLVER
Oliver Reed in REVOLVER
Oliver Reed in REVOLVER

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