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Defeat of the Mafia (1970)
"Scacco alla mafia" (original title)

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At the Rome airport two men are taken into custody. Inspector Scott Luce thinks their two suit-cases are full of drugs, but the suit-cases contains only white powder. Afterwards the corpse ... See full summary »

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Charles Agostino
Maria Pia Conte ...
Jenny Ryan
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Scott Luce
Luciano Pigozzi ...
Frankie Agostino (as Alan Collins)
Néstor Garay ...
Jon Dahlia
Micaela Pignatelli ...
Marjorie Mills
Carmen Scarpitta ...
Countess Torreguardia
Paolo Giusti ...
Niki Velour
Margarita Puratich ...
Susan Palmer
Luigi Bonos ...
Giulio
Enzo Fiermonte ...
Count Torreguardia
Mariella Palmich ...
Nun
Franco Borelli ...
Leone
Angela Goodwin ...
Vice Consul
Aldo Berti ...
Cacci
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At the Rome airport two men are taken into custody. Inspector Scott Luce thinks their two suit-cases are full of drugs, but the suit-cases contains only white powder. Afterwards the corpse of Susan Palmer is found. She was a drug runner for the Cosa Nostra boss Frankie Agostino. Susan's friend, Jenny Ryan, meets a mysterious man from America, Arthur Ardigan, supposedly her cousin. In the meantime Inspector Luce is investigating. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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20 November 1970 (Italy)  »

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Quirky euro-crime film w/ great Victor Spinetti performance
26 December 2000 | by (San Antonio, TX) – See all my reviews

Known in its English language version as DEFEAT OF THE MAFIA, this quirky Italian crime film is overly talky and inconsistent in tone, but has many distinctive touches about it, fine location photography, and an amazing performance by Victor Spinetti as the nervous, Milquetoast relative of an American girl who dies of a drug overdose in Italy...or so it seems. Actually, Spinetti's performance--as he evolves throughout the film and finally reveals his true identity--is a tour-de-force. Anthony Perkins is the only other actor I could imagine taking on a role like this in 1969. The "hero" of this film is a harried police inspector played by Pier Paolo Capponi (and voiced in English by someone who has voiced MANY Italo crime films and westerns), but Spinetti earns his top billing, and he makes what could have been a routine film a very interesting film. The film also uses multiple voiceovers by various characters, which is an odd technique that doesn't truly work (and is often the sign of an amateur screentwriter), but gives the film a far different feel most similar films which feature stoic, hard-boiled dialog. Overall, an interesting film...and a fine performance by Spinetti. Very difficult to find, however.


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