The Last Round
Stelvio Massi's crime thriller centers on a drifter who sets out to help blue-collar workers rise up against the two powerful families who are exploiting them. After settling in an industrial town and witnessing the cruelty of the factory owners, ex-mercenary Marco (Carlos Monzón) assumes the role of union agitator. When a violent confrontation erupts, the labor leader is driven to bring down the corrupt clans.
Transplants *A Fistful of Dollars* to 1970s-era Italy: Stranger comes to town with “nothing but a music box and the pictures of two dead women” and hires himself out to one of two crime families who have carved up the city for themselves. Then proceeds to deal himself out to the rival crime family, all in order to get the two gangs to destroy each other. (For that matter, the plot also tracks pretty closely to Suzuki’s *Youth of the Beast*.) Then he gets beat, has his hands destroyed (he’s a former boxer, and an ace with a knife), and retreats to an underpass to lick his wounds and eventually, after his friends are brutally attacked, teach himself to throw a knife again so he can complete his revenge. Luc Merenda’s conscienceless performance as the head brother of the Manzetti clan, complete with a fetishistic attention paid to his weapons of choice, is the highlight.