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OLIVER REED DOES ITALIAN CRIME IN 'REVOLVER' W/ FABIO TESTI

Oliver Reed in Revolver Year: 1973 Rating: ***1/2

A promising, clever premise of a government official, played by genuine bad-ass Oliver Reed, who surreptitiously allows a prisoner to escape before abducting him in exchange for his kidnapped wife... occurring between steely, intentionally claustrophobic scenes in dingy offices harboring dingier jail sells... almost succeeds...

The best moments of this action/thriller hybrid involves polar opposites Reed ("a stray dog without a home") and prisoner Fabio Testi on the run... in the latter's rogue territory... 

Petty thief Testi teaching strict/timid lawman Reed to steal a car is a standout, and there needed more of this kind of Film Noir-inspired ambiguity combined with the European tough guy team-up instead of a subpar subplot involving a pretty boy musician connected to a powerful politician... Leading to an 11th hour escape by use of hiking across a mountain border and yet, despite the flaws, Italian ingenue Paola Pitagora brightens up the joint while Reed, using the same fake American accent he teased in THE PARTY'S OVER and THE SYSTEM (sans the caustic irony and for real this time), doesn't need to overact to show the audience his love for this woman... Any sane man would.  

Paola Pitagora in REVOLVER
Fabio Testi and Oliver Reed 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

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