IMDb > Caliber 9 (1972)

Caliber 9 (1972) More at IMDbPro »Milano calibro 9 (original title)


User Rating:
7.7/10   1,892 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 10% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
View company contact information for Caliber 9 on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
25 February 1972 (Italy) See more »
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 »
Plot Keywords:
User Reviews:
Left me wanting more from Di Leo See more (16 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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 
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)

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Milano calibro 9" - Italy (original title)
See more »
USA:88 min | Finland:97 min | Italy:100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Germany:16 (re-rating) (uncut) | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut)

Did You Know?

First part of Fernando Di Leo's "Milieu Trilogy" also including The Italian Connection (1972) and The Boss (1973).See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Il solitario (2008)See more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Left me wanting more from Di Leo, 19 August 2015
Author: tomgillespie2002 from United Kingdom

Fernando Di Leo was a well-respected director who near-perfected the poliziotteschi genre during the 1970's, taking a genre spear-headed by the likes of Italian film-makers Umberto Lenzi and Carlo Lizzani and delivering tough-as-nails stories about brutish men in a brutish world. Milano Calibro 9, or simply Caliber 9, is one of Di Leo's most highly-regarded works, kicking off his Milieu trilogy (followed by Manhunt and concluded by The Boss) for which he is now best remembered for. And the film is terrific - inspiring future directors such as John Woo and Quentin Tarantino, Milano Calibro 9 begins with an explosion of violence that serves as a warning of what is to come.

After a heist that saw a wad of money go missing and the criminals behind it either dead or behind bars, shadowy mafia boss The Americano (Lionel Stander) is left fuming, turning his city upside down in search for his cash. Career criminal Ugo (Gastone Moschin), one of the participants in the robbery, is released from prison and is immediately reprimanded by his psychotic former boss Rocco (Mario Adorf), who fingers Ugo as the culprit. Denying any involvement and trying to go straight, Ugo finds himself pulled back into the criminal world he thought he had left behind by the mafia and the police, the latter trying to pressure him into turning informer. Hooking up with his friend Chino (Philippe Leroy) and girlfriend Nelly (the gorgeous Barbara Bouchet), Ugo plans to turn the tables on his former gang while he still has a fraction of leverage.

The film is not without it's problems - occasionally the narrative sags when the action is away from the city's violent underworld, and the sporadic political discussions between the veteran Commissioner (Frank Wolff) and his left-wing underling seem relevant but out of place - but Milano Caliber 9's quality lies within its tone and exhilarating brutality. The opening sees the manic Rocco beat up suspects, tie them together in a cave and blow them up with dynamite. Although the film doesn't maintain the excitement of this early scene, it truly comes alive when the characters - an ensemble of odd-looking barbarians - threaten each other with words, fists, knives or guns. Moschin proves to be a stoic anti-hero, but Adorf steals the show as the arrogant loud-mouth Rocco, resembling Super Mario in a tailored suit and a neater moustache. The twists and turns keep coming right until the end, and left me wanting to see more from a film-maker who has, up to now, completely evaded me.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (16 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Caliber 9 (1972)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
ORIGINAL soundtrack? lohengrin_3-1
best line ever fvscherillo-1
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Departed Public Enemies Contraband The Boondock Saints 10th & Wolf
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Action section IMDb Italy section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.