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Mean Johnny Barrows (1975)

Johnny Barrows, a G.I, is dishonorably discharged from the army after striking his commanding officer. When he returns home, he is mugged and thrown in jail. Down on his luck and with no ... See full summary »


Fred Williamson


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Williamson ... Johnny Barrows
Roddy McDowall ... Tony Da Vince
Stuart Whitman ... Mario Racconi
Anthony Caruso ... Don Da Vince (as Tony Caruso)
Luther Adler ... Don Racconi
R.G. Armstrong ... Richard
Elliott Gould ... Prof. Theodore Rasputin Waterhouse
Mike Henry ... Carlo Da Vince
Aaron Banks Aaron Banks ... Capt. O'Malley
Robert Phillips ... Ben (as Bob Phillips)
James Brown ... Police Sergeant
Jenny Sherman ... Nancy
Victor Rogers Victor Rogers ... Tom
Gregory Bach ... Body Guard
John LaMotta John LaMotta ... Antonio Goti (as Johnny LaMotta)


Johnny Barrows, a G.I, is dishonorably discharged from the army after striking his commanding officer. When he returns home, he is mugged and thrown in jail. Down on his luck and with no money, he gets a job at a gas station run by a racist jerk. After a while, he beats him up and is thrown in jail again. Shortly after, a mobster hires him as a mafia hit man because of his military training and he now gets caught in the middle of a rival gang war between two families. Written by Jmac1988

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English | Italian

Release Date:

27 November 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Johnny Barrows See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Star Fred Williamson's M*A*S*H (1972) co-star Elliott Gould came in for a half-hour's work to help out his friend. Gould completely improvised his part on the spot. See more »


Don Da Vince: [Notices the two construction workers have not put up the front sign on their new flower shop] Hey, Carlo! Tell them to hurry up with that sign. It should have been up by now.
Carlo Da Vince: I'll take care of it, papa. Hey, what's taking you assholes so long? What do you think we're paying you, for?
Don Da Vince: Carlo, don't talk dirty. How many times I gotta tell you that? You know I don't like that!
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Crazy Credits

Dedicated to the veteran who traded his place on the front line for a place on the unemployment line. Peace is Hell. See more »

Alternate Versions

The newest edition out by Code Red DVD is the longer, uncut version. However, the theatrical version, available on numerous public domain VHS and DVD copies are sourced from the same video master from the 1980s Unicorn release, differs a lot from the director's cut. The Atlas Films logo is intact on the DVD, where in the theatrical version, it's missing. The director's cut also restores footage from the scene where O'Malley tries to run over Johnny in the parking lot. The scene where Johnny calls Nancy and tells her to meet him actually takes place after he kills DaVinci and his henchmen. The theatrical version actually inserts the scene in after he kills O'Malley. The sound effects during the short chase scene up to the mountain doesn't match up in-sync with the cars compared to the theatrical version. The fight scene with Johnny and O'Malley is sightly longer than the theatrical cut. Before the end credits, after Nancy shoots Johnny steps on a land mine, we see a shot of the two when the camera pans up to a helicopter view and then the explosion. The theatrical cut skips the view and just shows Nancy looking back at Johnny, then the explosion. See more »


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This is one mean dull of a film..!
25 June 1999 | by smiley-32See all my reviews

Mean Johnny Barrows is one mean a dull of a film.

Basically it tells the story of Johnny Barrows, a former soldier who gets booted out of the army for striking an officer.

As he returns to his hometown, he gets mugged and robbed and therefore, he is left penniless.

Determined to start his life up again, he goes around looking for a job. There, he works at a garage and meets up with this chick called Nancy.

However, prior to his job, he gets recruited by Mario Racconi when he gets gunned down by the Da Vinci family following a truce that went wrong.

Determined to take on the job, Johnny goes round bumping off each member of the Da Vinci family until he reaches a climatic end putting a full scale on them with a double-barrelled shot gun.

Well afterwards, what happens..? Someone puts a contract out on him. But who..?

Well, it comes to show with a classic film like this, there are some good moments as well as bad. A good cast though, even Fred Williamson directed this flick.

Not bad, but after all it is one mean of a dull film!

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