Director: Sergio Sollima
Cast: Oliver Reed, Fabio Testi, Agostina Belli
The film begins with two men escaping from a heist goen wrong. One of the men, Milo Ruiz(Fabio Testi) survives, but tearfully, has to bury his friend. He is found and sent to prison. We are then introduced to Vito Capriani(Oliver Reed) who is first seen in bed with his beautiful wife(Agostina Belli). They appear to be recently married and are discussing things about the house. Vito is a tough prison warden and means to spend more time with his wife, but is always on call at the prison. Not wasting any time, he gets a phone call informing him that he his wife has been kidnapped and to get her back, he must release Milo to a crime syndicate. Vito dosen't want to play their game, so he takes the gangster hostage and demands his wife be returned to him. What ensues is a strange mixture of double crosses, twists and turns and a slow and steady bond between policeman and gangster that really forms the heart of the film. The plot becomes convoluted at times, but is kept on track by the fine direction and quick pacing. The surprise towards the end is that the syndicate wants to actually murder Milo and this plays with Vito's conscience, especially when he is asked to do the deed himself.
Revolver is a very fine film that works on almost an arthouse level, while also being gritty and tough enough to appeal to fans of the genre. It's one of Oliver Reed's best films and one of the meanest crime pictures of the era, delivering the goods with sharp violence, exploitive elements and a harsh script that is decidely anti-Hollywood in structure. Revolver deserves to be better known and holds a spot in the pantheon of great lost films worthy of reevaluation and criticism.