Basically this over acted Italian crime film is about a couple towing a caravan through a desert type location made to look like Northern California, but actually filmed in the mountains of the Gran Sasso around the city of L’Aquila in central Italy, who get taken hostage by a sadistic escapee from an institution for the criminally insane.
Walter Mancini (Nero) is a washed-up alcoholic writer traveling with his wife, Eve (Corinne Clery), whom suffers at his hands from abuse and humiliation. But, when they pick up a seemingly stranded motorist named Adam (Hess), their trip takes an unexpected turn for the worse. Adam, a deranged and murderous fugitive, orders them to drive him to Mexico, tying up Walter and torturing him for fun and raping Eve. Pursued by Adam's former partners, from whom he has stolen two million dollars, the trio journey through the desert as each plots their escape from one another.
The movie is based on Peter Kane’s novel The Violence and the Fury and is directed by Italian screenwriter and novelist Pasquale Festa Campanile. It stars Franco Nero an actor best known for his role of Django in Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 Spaghetti Western of the same name, the French actress Corinne Clery who had the lead in Story of O in 1975 and American actor David Hess. The film score also has a spaghetti western connection in that Ennio Morricone wrote the rather attractive score. A movie that will not be to everyone’s taste with its graphic rape scene and bouts of violence but I thinking given the right frame of mind you may find it a enjoyable diversion.