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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 ... Ugo

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 ... Clerk
Giulio Baraghini ... Brigadier
Alessandro Tedeschi ... Courier
Franco Beltramme ... Hood
Rossella Bergamonti ... Woman
Bruno Bertocci ... Courier
Empedocle Buzzanca ... Courier
Fortunato Cecilia ... Affatato
Ernesto Colli ... Alfredo
Alberto Fogliani ... Hood
Ettore Geri ... Barman
Imelde Marani ... Courier
Sergio Serafini ... Cop
Giorgio Trestini ... Franceschino
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mira Vidotto ... Woman (as Diomira Vidotto)
Artemio Antonini ... Hood (uncredited)
Salvatore Billa ... Hood (uncredited)
Angelo Boscariol ... Cop (uncredited)
Marina Brengola ... Woman (uncredited)
Sisto Brunetti ... Cop (uncredited)
Omero Capanna ... Hood (uncredited)
Fernando Di Leo ... Phone (uncredited)
Cesare Di Vito ... Cop (uncredited)
Gilberto Galimberti ... Hood (uncredited)
Luigi Antonio Guerra ... Hitman (uncredited)
Giuseppe Leone ... Hood (uncredited)
Domenico Maggio ... Hood (uncredited)
Marco Mariani ... Cop (uncredited)
Gianni Milito ... Hood (uncredited)
Gastone Pescucci ... Cop (uncredited)
Mauro Vestri ... Cop (uncredited)

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
Noemi Gifuni .... voice dubbing: Barbara Bouchet (uncredited)
Antonio Guidi .... voice dubbing: Lionel Stander (uncredited)
Renato Izzo .... voice dubbing: Luigi Pistilli (uncredited)
Giacomo Piperno .... voice dubbing: Philippe Leroy (uncredited)
Sergio Rossi .... voice dubbing: Frank Wolff (uncredited)
Stefano Satta Flores .... voice dubbing: Mario Adorf (uncredited)
 

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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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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Germany:16 (re-rating) (uncut) | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut)

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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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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Neat Double Plot Twist, 23 April 2001
Author: marquis de cinema from Boston, MA

Milano Calibro 9/Milan Calibre 9(1972) contains a fast paced tightly edited prologue that is done with brilliance. The opening five minutes are both brutal and sadistic. Rocco played by Mario Adorf is introduced in the prologue as a psychotic mafia hood. The prologue is an example of setting up mood and story for the film.

Mario Adorf gives a performance that brings to mind Joe Pesce in Goodfellas(1990) and Casino(1995), Takeshi Kitano in Boiling Point(1990), and Lee Marvin in The Big Heat(1953). He is excellent as the mafia hood with a sadistic streak. Mario Adorf plays his character with unbelievable and vicious conviction. His performance is one of the best acting jobs from the film.

This movie along with La Mala Ordina/Hired to Kill(1973) and Il Boss/The Boss(1973) makes Fernando Di Leo the Italian eqivulent of Jean Pierre Melville. Fernando Di Leo is influenced by Melville in many aspects. Milan Calibre 9(1972) reminds me of Le Doulos(1961) with their use of anti heroes. One of many films that Jean Pierre Melville made an impression on.

Has a double plot twist which is utilized in cleaver and unpredictable fashion. I was surprised by the first plot revealing twist. I was convincing stunned by the second plot revealing twist which was much more unexpected. The double plot twist is one characteristic that makes the film special.

Fernando Di Leo stands out in the gangster craze of Italian cinema in the same way that Sergio Leone stood out as a master of Italian Westerns, Dario Argento as a master of Giallos, and Lucio Fulci as a master of Italian Zombie pics. He brings out a direction full of passion and spunk. The director films the violent scenes with panache and piazzazz. An underrated filmmaker in Italian cinema.

Soundtrack of Milan Calibre Nine is awesome and cool. Luis Enriquez Bacalov is excellent at performing music for Italian Crime and Western motion pictures. The Police are depicted in a cynical and unsympathetic light. The only Police officer who comes out in a sympathetic tone is Fonzino who's only in the movie for a few minutes.

The major action sequence in Milan Calibre 9(1972) prefigures John Woo. What's so twisted about the end of the motion picture is its Rocco whose the most trust worthy person in the entire story. Gastone Moschin gives a gripping performance as a man who cannot escape his tragic fate. Some wonderful performances are handed out by Barbara Bouchet, Philippe Leroy, and Lionel Stander.

The scene where Nelly Bordon played by Barbara Bouchet is doing an erotic dance is filmed with multiple camera angles. An sensual introduction to the character of Barbara Bouchet. The editing in this one scene is good and imaginative. Barbara Bouchet is definitely one of the beautiful women from the 1970s when one sees Milan Calibre 9(1972).

An example of the growing popularity of the gangster movie in Italy. Milan Calibre 9(1972) is in my opinion belongs among the top ten of Italian gangster pictures. The Godfather(1972) may have influenced the gangster film in Italy during the 1970s, but Milano Calibro 9(1972) takes on a life of its own. I've was very impressed by Milano Calibro 9(1972) that I've taken an interest in other films from this genre and decade in Italian cinema.

Provided many influences and inspirations for filmography of Quentin Tarantino. His portrayal of tough guys in his films takes a page out of Milan Calibre 9 as well as other mafia features by Fernando Di Leo. The sadistic violence and unpredictable plot twists can be seen in Resevoir Dogs(1992) and Pulp Fiction(1994). No one filmmaker has influenced Tarantino more frequently besides Jean Pierre Melville than Fernando Di Leo.

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