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Caliber 9 (1972)
"Milano calibro 9" (original title)

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Just out of prison, ex-con Ugo Piazza meets his former employer, a psychopathic gangster Rocco who enjoys sick violence and torture. Both the gangsters and the police believe Ugo has hidden... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Gastone Moschin ...
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Nelly
Mario Adorf ...
Rocco
Frank Wolff ...
Commissioner
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Mercuri
Ivo Garrani ...
Vincenzo
Philippe Leroy ...
Chino
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Americano
Mario Novelli ...
Pasquale
Giuseppe Castellano ...
Nicola
Salvatore Arico ...
Luca
Fernando Cerulli ...
Portiere dell'albergo di Ugo Piazza
Giulio Baraghini ...
Brigadiere
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Rossella Bergamonti ...
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Just out of prison, ex-con Ugo Piazza meets his former employer, a psychopathic gangster Rocco who enjoys sick violence and torture. Both the gangsters and the police believe Ugo has hidden $300,000 that should have gone to an American drug syndicate boss. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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25 February 1972 (Italy)  »

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Caliber 9  »

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First part of Fernando Di Leo's "Milieu Trilogy" also including The Italian Connection (1972) and The Boss (1973). See more »

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Interesting attempt at a neo-noir/polizioto fusion with political undertones
14 August 2008 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

Milano Calibro 9 is story-wise closer to neo-noir, complete with femme fatale, a laconic and weathered protagonist and unexpected plot-twists but in the same time is plagued by the usual workmanlikeness that plagues many poliziotos. Di Leo's direction lacks the unique touch, visual and otherwise, that elevated Melville's films from simple pulpy potboilers to auteur works. So even if the movie attempts to break the mold of typical poliziotos, the direction makes it look like the kind of films it tries to distance itself from. In the same time, it's not near as crazed, violent and action-packed as say Lenzi's poliziotos, although a climactic shootout and a couple of beatings make their presence felt. The political aspect is pretty heavy-handed, to the extent that it is almost entirely and explicitly manifested through the dialogues between Luigi Pistilli's "criminals are the effect, not the cause" left-ist inspector and Frank Wolff's typical hard-assed police captain. I don't know how you like your social or political commentary but I prefer it as subtextual as possible. Milano Calibro 9 is very on-the-nose so I didn't find it particularly endearing but at least it feels different from typical genre characters.

On the good side, Gastone Moschin's understated performance as Ugo Piazza is fantastic and thankfully makes up for Mario Adorf's atrocious overacting, Barbara Bouchet is gorgeous as usual and also gets to show her dancing skills in a bikini, the music is cool and the plot twists near the end are effective in their unpredictability. The story is interesting enough I guess but as a whole the movie left me unimpressed.


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