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Wake Up and Die (Svegliati e uccidi)

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Wake Up and Die
(Svegliati e uccidi)
Svegliati e uccidi Poster.jpg
Italian Theatrical Poster
Country ITA.jpg Italy
FRA.jpg France
Directed by Carlo Lizzani
Release Date 1966
Language Italian
Studio Sanson Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Luciano Lutring Robert Hoffmann
Angela "Yvonne" Lutring Lisa Gastoni
Inspector Moroni Gian Maria Volonté
Franco Magni Claudio Camaso
Commissioner Julien Renato Niccolai
Luciano's Father Ottavio Fanfani
Bobino Corrado Olmi

Wake Up and Die (Svegliati e uccidi, other English release titles Wake Up and Kill and I Kill for Kicks) is a 1966 Italian-French crime drama directed by Carlo Lizzani. It follows the real story of Luciano Lutring, an Italian robber known as "The machine-gun soloist" ("Il solista del mitra") for keeping his submachine gun in a violin case.

The following weapons were used in the film Wake Up and Die (Svegliati e uccidi):


Beretta M1934

Police Inspector Moroni (Gian Maria Volonté) carries a Beretta M1934 (or maybe M1935) pistol. When Luciano Lutring (Robert Hoffmann) steals a pistol from a gun store, the gun is definitly some Beretta model and very likely an M1934, but it is seen too briefly to be sure.

Beretta M1934 - .380 ACP
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Luciano holds the stolen pistol.
A police officer carries a Beretta M1934 holster on his belt. It seems to be flat and empty.
Moroni holds a Beretta M1934 when breaking into Lutring's hideout.
A police officer carries a Beretta M1934 holster, supposedly empty.


In one scene Luciano Lutring (Robert Hoffmann) holds an M1911A1.

World War II Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
Luciano draws his M1911 from below the pillow. The size of the ejection port allows to identify the pistol as A1.

Browning Hi-Power

A Browning Hi-Power is seen in hands of a gang boss (uncredited) during several heists in Milan.

Classic Commercial Browning Hi-Power (Belgian manufacture) - 9x19mm
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The gang boss cocks the Hi-Power.
The gang boss holds his pistol when leaving the car.
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Another view of the pistol.

Luger P08

Various robbers use Luger P08 pistols during the heist in jewelry stores in Milan and in Nice. Luciano Lutring (Robert Hoffmann) is seen with a Luger in the scene in Paris. French police also use P08s.

Luger P08 with black grips - 9x19mm
A robber at the left holds a Luger during the heist in Milan.
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The robber fires in air.
A French police officer holds a Luger during the heist in Nice.
Luciano holds a Luger in the scene in his Paris hideout.
A French police officer holds a Luger in the final scene.

FN Model 1922

When Luciano's gang prepares for the heist in Paris, one of the accomplicies holds an FN Model 1922 pistol.

FN Model 1922 - .32 ACP
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A robber holds an FN Model 1922 pistol.

Various Pistols

The opening scene depicts an attack of a group of criminals on a rival crime boss. The attackers hold pistols that are seen only in distance.

A pistol is seen in hands of a criminal in black coat at the left.
Another criminal fires a blurry seen pistol from the car.

When Luciano steals a pistol from a gun store, some more handguns are seen briefly in the shop window.

Several handguns are seen in the broken shop window.

A pistol is briefly seen in hands of a robber in Milan.

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Submachine Guns


Luciano Lutring (Robert Hoffmann) steals a TZ-45 submachine gun from a gun store (which would be impossible in reality as Italian gun laws forbid civilian ownership of submachine guns, and such gun cannot be in a gun store). Later this gun, hidden in a violin case, is found by police, but Luciano obtains another TZ-45 from his accomplice (the real gun, used by Luciano Lutring, was an MP40). Several TZ-45s are also used by robbers during the heist in a jewelry store in Milan.

TZ-45 with extended stock - 9x19 mm
A TZ-45 is seen in the broken shop window together with several handguns.
A police detective finds the TZ-45 in Luciano's room.
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A robber holds the TZ-45 during the heist in a jewelry store.
A robber fires the TZ-45 in air, driving away the bystanders.
Luciano trains with the TZ-45.
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The TZ-45 in hands of Luciano's unnamed accomplice.
A promotional image shows Luciano Lutring (Robert Hoffmann) holding a TZ-45.

Beretta Model 38/44

During the heist in the jewelry store, one of the robbers is armed with a Beretta Model 38/44. At least one Italian police officer carries a Beretta submachine gun; the barrel isn't seen but very likely this is same prop reused.

Beretta Model 38/44 - 9x19mm
A police officer carries a Beretta submachine gun.
A robber fires his Beretta M38/44 in air.
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The robber with Beretta M38/44 is seen through the window.

Sten Mk II

During the robbery in Nice, one of the French accomplicies of Luciano holds a Sten Mk II.

Sten Mk II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
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A robber with the Sten.
He fires in air, driving away bystanders.


MP40 are used by Italian and French robbers in several scenes.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A robber with an MP40 leaves a car during the bank heist in Milan. Another robber is armed with a TZ-45.
An MP40 and a MAT-49 are seen when Luciano's gang prepares for a heist in Paris. The MP40 has a non-standard resting bar under the barrel. Possibly this is a kind of makeshift detail that replaced the broken original part.
One of the robbers examines the MP40.
He unloads the gun.
A close view of the barrel. Note the strange looking resting bar.


A MAT-49 is one of the guns, used by Luciano's accomplicies in Paris.

MAT-49 - 9x19mm
An MP40 and a MAT-49 are seen when Luciano's gang prepares for a heist in Paris.
The MAT-49 with folded magazine. In previous and following moments it is seen with unfolded magazine.

M3 "Grease Gun"

During the shootout between rival criminals in the opening scene, the criminal under attack returns fire with a submachine gun that seems to be an M3 "Grease Gun".

M3 "Grease Gun" - .45 ACP
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A criminal fires from the balcony at rival criminals who burned his car.


Unidentified rifles

Four rifles are seen in the shop window of a gun store. Two of them (at the left) are of the same model, most likely semi auto small caliber guns. The third gun has an underbarrel tube magazine and a buttstock with straight grip; it may be a semi auto gun as no kind of lever, pump or bolt handle can be seen. The fourth rifle is a typical target bolt action model, possibly some Anschütz model.

Four rifles are seen in the shop window.
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The rifles in the broken shop window.


Edison Giocattoli Jaguarmatic

An Edison Giocattoli Jaguarmatic cap gun is seen in the shop window of a toy store.

Jaguarmatic 13 shot cap gun made by Edison Giocattoli. The screen gun is an early 1960s version with a different grip.
Luciano looks at a Jaguarmatic in the shop window, thinking about using a toy gun for a robbery.

Wild West Toy Guns

Several toy guns in Wild West style are seen in the shop window in Paris.

Two revolvers in Single Action Army style and a rifle or a shotgun are seen at the left side of the shop window. A figure of a robber near the stagecoach also holds a revolver.
Another figure also holds a revolver.

MP40 on Posters

In reality Luciano Lutring used an MP40 during his robberies. Some movie posters follow the real story and depict Hoffmann's character with MP40.

An Italian poster shows Luciano Lutring with an MP40 that he doesn't hold in the movie but used in reality.

Aircraft Carrier

In the scene in Sanremo, an aircraft carrier is visible on the horizon. This is most likely a Forrestal-class ship, due to the position and the shape of the island, and among the ships of this class, Saratoga (CV-60) is most possible guess as this ship served in the Mediterranean Fleet in 1964-1967.

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