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25 February 1972 (Italy) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Gastone Moschin ... Piazza

Barbara Bouchet ... Nelly
Mario Adorf ... Rocco
Frank Wolff ... Commissioner

Luigi Pistilli ... Mercuri
Ivo Garrani ... Vincenzo
Philippe Leroy ... Chino

Lionel Stander ... 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
Bruno Bertocci ... Corriere François Doremat
Empedocle Buzzanca ... Uomo anziano che prende parte allo scambio iniziale
Fortunato Cecilia ... Vincenzo Affatato
Ernesto Colli ... Alfredo Bertolon
Alberto Fogliani ... American Henchman
Ettore Geri ... Barman
Imelde Marani ... Donna bionda che prende parte allo scambio iniziale
Sergio Serafini ... Police Officer
Alessandro Tedeschi ... Corriere tedesco
Giorgio Trestini ... Franceschino
Mira Vidotto ... Street Woman (as Diomira Vidotto)
Artemio Antonini ... The American's Henchman (uncredited)
Salvatore Billa ... Gum-Chewing Henchman in Office (uncredited)
Angelo Boscariol ... Policeman (uncredited)
Marina Brengola ... Street Woman (uncredited)
Sisto Brunetti ... Policeman (uncredited)
Omero Capanna ... American's Henchman (uncredited)
Fernando Di Leo ... Man at Phone Booth (uncredited)
Cesare Di Vito ... Police Official (uncredited)
Gilberto Galimberti ... American's Henchman (uncredited)
Luigi Antonio Guerra ... Hitman (uncredited)
Giuseppe Leone ... American Henchman (uncredited)
Domenico Maggio ... American Henchman (uncredited)
Marco Mariani ... Police Official (uncredited)
Gianni Milito ... American Henchman (uncredited)
Gastone Pescucci ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Mauro Vestri ... Police Officer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Fernando Di Leo 
 
Writing credits
Giorgio Scerbanenco (book)

Fernando Di Leo (story)

Fernando Di Leo (screenplay)

Fernando Di Leo (dialogue)

Produced by
Armando Novelli .... producer
 
Original Music by
Luis Bacalov 
Osanna 
 
Cinematography by
Franco Villa 
 
Film Editing by
Amedeo Giomini 
 
Production Design by
Francesco Cuppini 
 
Costume Design by
Francesco Cuppini 
 
Makeup Department
Antonio Mura .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Pietro Ceccarelli .... production manager (as Lanfranco Ceccarelli)
Vincenzo Salviani .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Franco Lo Cascio .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Goffredo Salvatori .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Enrico Biribicchi .... assistant camera
Claudio Morabito .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marcella Moretti .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Tomasso Gramigna .... first assistant editor
 
Other crew
Luciano Appignani .... production secretary
Sormani .... tapestry
Vivalda Vigorelli .... continuity
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Milano calibro 9" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
USA:88 min | Finland:97 min | Italy:100 min
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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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A high calibre of crime film indeed, 4 February 2013
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

An ex-con attempts to go straight but cannot escape the influence of his old crime bosses. Underpinning everything is the matter of a missing $300,000 that he is under suspicion of stealing. The mob and the police want him to reveal all, while he protests his innocence.

Milan Calibre 9 is one of crime specialist director Fernando Di Leo's most famous movies. He was probably the best director in the Italian poliziotteschi and is responsible for several other classics of that sub-genre, such as The Boss and The Italian Connection. Like those, this one is also a fast paced, tough and violent flick with some excellently staged action scenes. The big shoot-out at the outdoor garden party stands out as an example of the latter. But mainly the story is driven more by interesting characters and a fairly complex plot with several twists and turns.

The Milan setting itself is used well, with a good sense of place. Unlike the other Italian thriller genre of the 70's, the giallo, the poliziotteschi were virtually all set in Italy itself. Many, like this one, featured the city in question in their title. They were more realistic than their more stylised gialli counterparts and I guess they connected with their audience in a slightly different way in that they provided thrills along with observations about contemporary crime concerns. Milan Calibre 9 like other Di Leo crime films has some such social commentary. The corruption in the justice system and the degradation of the mafia are subjects that are touched upon.

It benefits from a very strong cast. Mario Adorf is in his element as the sadistic gangster Rocco, he owns every scene he is in. Barbara Bouchet is as exquisite as always, she plays a night-club dancer who is introduced to us in a mouth-wateringly erotic dance routine. Lionel Standler is very convincing in the role of the sinister crime boss The Americano; while the two cops are played by reliable Italian genre film regulars Luigi Pistilli and Frank Wolff.

All in all, this is a quality action-thriller that remains relatively obscure. It's a very good example of what the Italian crime movie was all about.

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