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369 Ratings

Rabid Dogs

Cani Arrabbiati

Directed by Mario Bava
Italy, 1974


Following a bungled robbery, three violent criminals take a young woman, a middle-aged man, and a child hostage and force them to drive them outside Rome to help them make a clean getaway.

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Rabid Dogs Directed by Mario Bava

Critics reviews

Propulsive entertainment – set in a car, with the windshield as wide-screen canvas – so it’s easy to ignore the fact that the plot has no ingenious twists (the one at the very end seems contrived) and the characters barely develop at all (the sole female character is especially ill-served, looking like she’s going to be the film’s ace in the hole but ending up merely hysterical).
July 11, 2015
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Kidnapped features some inserts shot later by the filmmaker’s son, writer/director Lamberto Bava, while omitting the quietly devastating shot that endsRabid Dogs. But in any version it’s a rare and gut-wrenching white-knuckle thriller whose final twist is a knife through the heart.
September 06, 2013
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Left unfinished due to bankruptcy and seized by the Italian government until the mid 1990s, when Bava’s son finished the film with help from producer Alfredo Leone, Kidnapped feels more aggressive than any other Bava work, and strikes me as his most unforgiving and naked film, doing away with the visual embellishments, the niceties of fiction that had dominated his now rightly heralded style, and letting the skeletal remains speak for themselves.
August 18, 2013
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