June 28: Junesploitation’s topic of the day — as suggested by F This Movie — is free.
Il cittadino si ribella (The Citizen Rebels) finds Franco Nero getting beaten down by muggers, so he goes looking for his own justice, only to get beat down even worse until he finally learns how to get revenge. This was the first vigilante film in the poliziotteschi genre, as this made it to Italian theaters before Death Wish.
Once Franco makes friends with a thug named Tommy (Giancarlo Prete), he finally gets to take out the people who done him dirty in spectacular fashion. I mean, there are absolutely no permits in this movie and tons of stuntmen — including Franco doing all of his own stunts — defying death just to entertain you.
Plus, you get music by Guido and Maurizio DeAngelis (AKA Oliver Onions), which makes any movie better. And yeah! A pre-Ringo Barbara Bach!
Strangely enough, while this movie inspired Vigilante, it was released in the UK as Vigilante 2.
I pretty much love everything Enzo G. Castellari made, like Keoma, The Last Shark, 1990: The Bronx Warriors, The New Barbarians, Escape the Bronx, The Inglorious Bastards…just add this to the list. I mean, Franco Nero shotgun blasting scumbags while wearing a turtleneck? Let me see the movie made this year that can live up to that. Even the ending made me emotional.
Just watch it! You can find it on Tubi.