Revolver (1973 film)

Revolver (also titled Blood in the Streets and In the Name of Love) is a poliziottesco film directed by Sergio Sollima and released in 1973. It stars Oliver Reed and Fabio Testi. The film's theme, "Un Amico", was scored by Ennio Morricone and was also featured in Quentin Tarantino's 2009 film Inglourious Basterds.

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Italian film poster
Directed bySergio Sollima
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Arduino Maiuri
  • Massimo De Rita
  • Sergio Sollima[1]
Produced byUgo Santalucia[1]
CinematographyAldo Scavarda[1]
Edited bySergio Montanari[1]
Music byEnnio Morricone[1]
  • Mega Film
  • Societe Nouvelle de Cinematographie
  • Dieter Gessler Film Produktion[1]
Distributed byPanta
Release date
  • September 27, 1973 (1973-09-27) (Italy)
Running time
115 minutes[1]
  • Italy
  • West Germany
  • France[1]
Box office477.374 million


An Italian prison official's wife is kidnapped, and the kidnappers demand that a notorious prisoner be released in order for the man to get his wife back. He gets the man released - but then kidnaps him himself, in order to ensure that the man's colleagues do not kill his wife. Enraged, the gang sets out to free their compatriot and kill the man who took him.



Paola Pitagora recalls how Oliver Reed always turned up drunk on set (something confirmed by director Sollima) and as a result there were often difficulties during filming - including an incident in which Reed 'under the influence' crashed a VW bus into a post and Paola Pitagora, who hit her face inside the vehicle, had to wear big sunshades for the rest of the filming to cover up her bruised eyes.[2]


Revolver was released in Italy on September 27, 1973 where it was distributed theatrically by Panta.[1] The film grossed 477,374,000 Italian lire in Italy.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Curti 2013, p. 75.
  2. ^ "Revolver - Film News". Retrieved 5 August 2022.


  • Curti, Roberto (2013). Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980. McFarland. ISBN 978-0786469765.

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