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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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Cast

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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Franco Beltramme ...
The American's Henchman
Rossella Bergamonti ...
Street Woman
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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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gangster | violence | drugs | police | torture | See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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25 February 1972 (Italy)  »

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Fernando Di Leo admitted that, with a critical eye, the scenes at the Police Station among the "fascist" Commissioner and the "communist" Mercuri should be taken off because they take strength out of the main story. But the work of actors Frank Wolff and Luigi Pistilli was so good that he couldn't absolutely cut it off. See more »

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Forget Hubbard, quantum mechanics or Castaneda, this film WILL change your life!
23 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

After viewing Castellari's 'High Crime' and Di Leo's 'Milano Calibro 9′ my life-long obsession with Italian crime cinema began in earnest; and a more suitable baptismal font from which to anoint oneself with euro crime's original sin would be hard to find, as 'Milano Calibro 9' remains one of the towering achievements of Di Leo's woefully undocumented career. From the bravura opening montage; where Di Leo creates a tense, dynamic pulse of underworld chicanery, driven to a tumultuous climax by the dense, throbbing, almost baroque jazz funk of, Luis Bacalov (arguably his finest score). And from then on Di Leo is unerring in his fierce vision of violent double dealings and unflinching vengeance, with nary a skipped beat for the film's duration, a rollicking, breathless yarn gloriously undiluted by soft-bellied tangents, or vapid self indulgence. The gangster milieu simply doesn't get any better than this; as much as I dig on Melville's studied, glacial cool, Di Leo's swarthy mise en scene has balls the size of prize winning pumpkins. Some may find all these myriad of hyperbolic blogs dedicated to a Italian crime cinema a trifle perplexing then, oh yes! They discover 'Milano Calibro 9', and in one brutal pole axing knee to the oily conkers it's all over; one can never return to the anodyne world of mainstream cinema without a considerable degree of incredulity. Forget Hubbard, quantum mechanics or Castaneda, this film WILL change your life.


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