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The Big Racket
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DVD Cover
Country ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Enzo G. Castellari
Release Date 1976
Language Italian
Studio Cinemaster S.r.l.
Main Cast
Character Actor
Inspector Nico Palmieri Fabio Testi
Sgt. Salvatore Velasci Salvatore Borghese
Luigi Giulti Renzo Palmer
Pepe Vincent Gardenia
Gianni Rossetti Orso Maria Guerrini
Piero Mazzarelli Glauco Onorato
Rudy "The Marseillais" Joshua Sinclair


The Big Racket (original title Il grande racket) is a 1976 Italian crime movie directed by Enzo G. Castellari. A district in the city of Rome is terrorised by a ruthless gang of racketeers. By beating, rape and arson they force the owners of shops and restaurants to pay them money for "protection". Police Inspector Nico Palmieri (Fabio Testi) is waging his own war against these criminals but he is not supported by his superiors. After Palmieri is fired from police he gathers a vigilante force.

The following weapons are seen in the movie The Big Racket:

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Handguns

Beretta M1951

A Beretta M1951 is a personal weapon of Inspector Nico Palmieri (Fabio Testi) in the first half of the movie.

Beretta M951 - 9x19mm
Nico Palmieri aims his pistol.
A grip can be seen.
Nico Palmieri fires at Rudy's henchmen.
Two Beretta M1951 pistols are seen among other weapons when Nico Palmieri arms his men before the final attack. These pistols are not used in the final scene.

Colt Commander

In the final scene Nico Palmieri (Fabio Testi) uses a stainless steel Colt Commander or Colt Combat Commander.

Colt Combat Commander with Satin Stainless Finish and wood grips - 9mm
Nico Palmieri holds his Colt before the attack in the final scene. Next to him are Doringo (Romano Puppo) with M1A1 Thompson and Luigi Giulti (Renzo Palmer) with MP40.
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Nico Palmieri fires at Rudy in the final scene.

Beretta Model 70

Several of Rudy's henchmen are seen with Beretta Model 70 pistols.

Beretta Model 70 - .32 ACP
One of Rudy's henchmen carries a Beretta Model 70 in shoulder holster.
Piccio (Ruggero Diella) holds a Beretta Model 70 during the robbery of the hotel.
Marcy (Marcella Michelangeli) holds Gianni Rossetti (Orso Maria Guerrini) at gunpoint with her pistol during the attack on Rossetti's apartments.
One of Rudy's henchmen holds a Beretta Model 70 in the final scene.

Walther P38

A Walther P38 is a personal weapon of Sgt. Salvatore Velasci (Salvatore Borghese). In one scene Luigi Giulti (Renzo Palmer) fires a P38. P38s are also seen in hands of several of Rudy's henchmen.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
Salvatore Velasci draws his Walther when he is surrounded by three thugs.
A grip of Walther is seen.
A henchman fires his P38 at police.
Luigi Giulti holds a discharged P38.
A Walther P38 is seen among other weapons when Nico Palmieri arms his men before the final attack. These pistol isn't used by any of Palmieri's men in the final scene.
A crime boss fires his P38 when he is under attack of Nico Palmieri.
A henchman with P38 in the final scene.
Marcy (Marcella Michelangeli) fires her P38 in the final scene.

Smith & Wesson Model 36

Smith & Wesson Model 36 revolvers are seen in hands of criminals in several scenes.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special - 5 shot. First pattern with flat latch cylinder release.
A criminal is shot and drops his revolver.
A crime boss draws his snub nose revolver.
But he is shot before he could fire himself.
One of Rudy's henchmen is armed with a snub nose revolver.

Smith & Wesson Model 10

Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolvers are seen in hands of criminals in several scenes. These revolvers can be original Smith & Wessons or Italian copies (like Bernardelli Nuovo Modello in .32).

Smith & Wesson Model 10 Revolver - .38 Special
A criminal fires his revolver at police during the shootout on the railway station. This revolver resembles S&W Model 10.
A criminal fires his revolver in the final scene.

Various revolvers

In several scenes various characters carry revolvers that are not seen clear enough to be identified.

A bar owner (Fulvio Mingozzi) carries a compact revolver in holster and tries to draw it when racketeers attacks him.
But he has no chance to use his weapon.
A criminal fires his revolver at police during the shootout on the railway station.
In the final scene Rudy (Joshua Sinclair) is armed with a revolver with pearl grips.
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One of Rudy's henchmen is wounded in hand when he tries to get his revolver. The revolver resembles Colt Trooper Mk III (Colt-style grip, Colt cylinder release, heavy barrel and lack of ventilated rib) but it's hard to identify to for sure.

Submachine Guns

Beretta Model 38/49

Policemen carry Beretta Model 38/49 submachine guns during the shootout on the railway station and in several other scenes. Salvatore Velasci (Salvatore Borghese) is also seen with a Beretta Model 38/49.

Beretta Model 38/49 - 9x19mm
A police officer with Beretta Model 38/49.
Salvatore Velasci with Beretta Model 38/49 in the scene of the shootout on the railway station.
Police officers fire at Rudy's henchmen.
Wounded Salvatore Velasci holds his SMG.

Beretta Model 38/42

Beretta Model 38/42 SMGs are also used by police.

Beretta Model 38/42 - 9x19mm
A police officer with Beretta Model 38/42. Note the fluted barrel that appears only on this model.

Beretta M12

Beretta M12 are used by several of Rudy's henchmen. In the final scene Piero Mazzarelli (Glauco Onorato) is armed with Beretta M12.

Beretta M12 - 9x19mm
Marcy (Marcella Michelangeli) holds a Beretta M12 during the robbery.
Another view at the same scene.
An unloaded Beretta M12 SMG is seen among other weapons when Nico Palmieri arms his men before the final attack. Palmieri gives it to Mazzarelli.
Piero Mazzarelli holds unloaded Beretta when Palmieri and his men prepare to attack.
Mazzarelli holds his Beretta M12 in the final scene.
One of Rudy's henchmen with Beretta M12 in the final scene.

M1A1 Thompson

Several of Rudy's henchmen carry M1A1 Thompson submachine guns. Piccio (Ruggero Diella) carries a Thompson in one scene. In the final scene Doringo (Romano Puppo) is armed with a Thompson.

M1A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
A robber holds Thompson with removed buttstock.
A henchman holds Thompson with attached buttstock.
Piccio aims his Thompson at Nico Palmieri.
Doringo holds a Thompson with removed magazine.
Doringo fires his Thompson in the final scene.
A henchman with Thompson in the final scene.

Sten Mk II

Several of Rudy's henchmen carry Sten Mk II submachine guns of standard and Canadian versions.

Sten Mk II - 9x19mm
Sten Mk II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
A henchman fires his Sten.
Another henchman with Sten.
The man at the left fires a Sten. A strut type stock can be seen.
A henchman fires his Sten in the final scene.
One of Rudy's henchmen holds a Sten with skeleton stock (Canadian version).

MP40

Several of Rudy's henchmen carry MP40s. In the final scene Luigi Giulti (Renzo Palmer) is armed with an MP40. Most MP40s are fitted with brown Bakelite furniture that is typical for post-1943 manufactured MP40s.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A henchman fires his MP40 at police.
An unloaded MP40 is seen among other weapons when Nico Palmieri arms his men before the final attack. Palmieri gives it to Luigi Giulti.
Luigi Giulti (Renzo Palmer) holds an unloaded MP40.
Luigi Giulti fires his MP40 in the final scene.
A henchman returns fire.
Luigi Giulti reloads his SMG.

Shotguns

Manufrance Rapid

In the scene of the shootout on the railway station Gianni Rossetti (Orso Maria Guerrini) is armed with a pump action shotgun. In the final scene he gives it to Nico Palmieri (Fabio Testi). This shotgun appears to be a French Manufrance Rapid with extended magazine tube.

Manufacture Française d'Armes et Cycles de Saint-Etienne (Manufrance) Rapid shotgun with extended magazine tube - 12 Gauge
Rossetti aims his shotgun.
Rossetti fires...
...and reloads his shotgun.
Rossetti and Palmieri after the shootout.
Rosetti's shotgun is seen among other weapons when Nico Palmieri arms his men before the final attack.
Rossetti gives his shotgun to Nico Palmieri.
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Nico Palmieri with shotgun in the final scene.

Over and Under Shotgun

In the scene on the shooting range Gianni Rossetti (Orso Maria Guerrini) and Nico Palmieri (Fabio Testi) are seen with Over and Under shotguns.

Rossetti loads the shotgun.
Rossetti aims.
Nico Palmieri inspects his shotgun at background.

Rifles

Anschütz Model Match 54 sniper rifle

In the final scene Gianni Rossetti (Orso Maria Guerrini) is armed with a bolt action sniper rifle. Due to its general outlook it can be identified as Anschütz Model Match 54.

Anschütz Model Match 54 bolt action sporting rifle with Lyman scope - .22LR
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Other Weapons

Mk 2 hand grenade

A bag of Mk 2 hand grenades are seen when Palmieri and his men prepare to attack but they are never used in action.

Mk 2 "Pineapple" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
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