Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)
"Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  12 February 1970 (Italy)
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A chief of detectives, homicide section, kills his mistress and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Augusta Terzi
Gianni Santuccio ...
Orazio Orlando ...
Brigadiere Biglia
Sergio Tramonti ...
Antonio Pace
Arturo Dominici ...
Aldo Rendine ...
Nicola Panunzio
Massimo Foschi ...
Terzi - Augusta's Husband
Aleka Paizi ...
Inspector's Maid
Pino Patti ...
Head of wire-tapping office
Salvo Randone ...
Giuseppe Licastro
Filippo De Gara ...
Police Official
Fulvio Grimaldi ...
Patanè - 'Paese Sera' journalist


A chief of detectives, homicide section, kills his mistress and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime. Written by Damir Dukich <>

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When you're a big man in the big city, can you get away with murder ? [UK Theatrical]


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12 February 1970 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Ermittlungen gegen einen über jeden Verdacht erhabenen Bürger  »

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First part of the "Trilogy of Neurosis", also including Lulu the Tool (1971) and Property Is No Longer a Theft (1973). See more »


[first lines]
Augusta Terzi: How are you going to kill me today?
Il Dottore - Former head of homicide squad: I'm going to cut your throat.
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Referenced in Above Suspicion (2013) See more »

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Interestingly timely, even 30+ years later
11 April 2003 | by (New York / Washington) – See all my reviews

Saw this film in New York at a revival. The tale of power and of right-wing/fascist politics corrupting is shockingly timely even today, in this time of global conflict, with enemies branded "unpatriotic."

The movie portrays the moral corruption of Italian police and politics in the 1970's, with totalitarian tactics wrapped in patriotism. The movie's lead policeman is swept up in the power of position. Sadly, it's only too easy for me to believe his ability to use his position and power to manipulate people and place himself above "the law".

The movie "looks" Italian and 1970's, with stark concrete and flat colors, which appealed to me. The story builds well, jumping backwards to fill in details, to climax in an alternate possible ending, very believable. I highly recommend it.

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