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Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto (1970)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Augusta Terzi
Gianni Santuccio ...
Questore
Orazio Orlando ...
Brigadiere Biglia
Sergio Tramonti ...
Antonio Pace
Arturo Dominici ...
Mangani
Aldo Rendine ...
Nicola Panunzio
Massimo Foschi ...
Terzi - Augusta's Husband
Aleka Paizi ...
Inspector's Maid
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Canes
Pino Patti ...
Head of wire-tapping office
Salvo Randone ...
Plumber
Giuseppe Licastro ...
(as Giuseppi Licastro)
Filippo De Gara ...
Police Official
Fulvio Grimaldi ...
Patanè - 'Paese Sera' journalist
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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. Written by Damir Dukich <Damir.Dukic@snet.fer.uni-lj.si>

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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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Crime | Drama

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20 August 1970 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Ermittlungen gegen einen über jeden Verdacht erhabenen Bürger  »

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Trivia

Cannon had hoped to remake this in the mid 80's with Sidney Lumet or Andrei Konchalovsky directing. Al Pacino and Christopher Walken were to star , and Paul Schrader was the scripted. See more »

Quotes

[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 La macchinazione (2016) See more »

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Satirical masterpiece
15 October 2005 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

"Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto" is one the best films of Elio Petri. This great director used to make films with a strong social content. This movie, which won an Oscar for the best foreign language film in 1970, stars Gian Maria Volonté -one of Petri's favorite actors.

The story is about a fascist police boss, who accidentally kills his mistress during an erotic game. Fate wants him to lead the inquiry for this death. The policeman spreads everywhere clues for his guilt (!). He doesn't do that for justice, he only does this for proving to himself that he's untouchable.

Gian Maria Volonté performance is memorable -as usual... He was a big actor, he could change from one role to the other like an extraordinary chameleon. The film has a solid structure, it is satirical and cynical. The sarcasm towards the police boss is also supported by an excellent musical score by Ennio Morricone.

We miss films like this one, it's one of the examples of Italian masterpieces which aren't produced any more.


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