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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)
Cicely Browne ... Hooker (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Sisto Brunetti ... Cop (uncredited)
Omero Capanna ... Hood (uncredited)
Lewis E. Ciannelli ... Nicola (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Cyril Cusack ... Clerk (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Fernando Di Leo ... Phone (uncredited)
Cesare Di Vito ... Cop (uncredited)

Michael Forest ... Commissioner (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Gilberto Galimberti ... Hood (uncredited)
Luigi Antonio Guerra ... Hitman (uncredited)
Giuseppe Leone ... Hood (uncredited)
Domenico Maggio ... Hood (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Rocco (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Marco Mariani ... Cop (uncredited)
Gianni Milito ... Hood (uncredited)
Gastone Pescucci ... Cop (uncredited)

Ted Rusoff ... Chino / Cop / Luca (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Robert Sommer ... Ugo / Brigadier (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Dan Sturkie ... Vincenzo (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Mauro Vestri ... Cop (uncredited)
Larry Ward ... Fonzino (voice: English version) (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
 

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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 »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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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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Referenced in Il solitario (2008)See more »

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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Mind-Blowing Italian Crime Masterpiece, 30 April 2008
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

Fernando Di Leo's "Milano Calibro 9" is an out-and-out masterpiece of Italian Crime cinema and, in my opinion, one of the most astonishing crime stories ever told. The first film in Di Leo's excellent 'Milieu' trilogy, "Milano Calibro 9" was followed by "La Mala Ordina" (aka. "Manhunt", also 1972) and the brilliant "Il Boss" (1973). The three films are not connected story-wise, but all three are excellent, and highly realistic portrayals of organized crime. As far as I am concerned "Manhunt" is (allthough excellent) slightly inferior to this one and "Il Boss" which both stand out as absolute all-time highlights of crime cinema. "Milano Calibro 9" is the best of them all, a film that is astonishing in all aspects, be it the ingenious plot that, apart from a compelling story and clever twists, includes social criticism, the performances, the gritty atmosphere and suspense or the brilliant score. I can hardly find the right words to express my admiration for this masterpiece which easily ranks among the greatest Gangster flicks ever brought to screen.

Gastone Moschin stars as Ugo Piazza, a tough and elliptical ex-convict who has just been released from prison. Immediately after his release, Ugo is approached by members of the Milan mob lead by the irascible gangster Rocco (Mario Adorf), as they suspect him to be responsible for the disappearance of a large sum of money belonging to their boss, an American (Lionel Stander) who controls the organized crime in Milan...

"Milano Calibro 9" is a film that delivers an astonishingly realistic mood of the underworld like hardly another. The intriguing storyline goes in hand with interesting characters, raw atmosphere, suspense and breathtaking action, social criticism and brutal violence. The film is simply stunning from the beginning to the end, which is even intensified by the brilliant score, a collaboration of the famous composer Luis Enríquez Bacalov and the Italian Progressive Rock band Osanna. Ugo Piazza must be one of the most charismatic gangster characters ever in cinema, and Gastone Moschin was the prefect choice for the role. Moschin delivers a brilliant performance, and the rest of the cast is also great. Mario Adorf is irascible like a rabid dog as the ferocious gangster Rocco, a role that fits him like a glove. The great Lionel Stander fits perfectly in his role of the American Mafia Don.

The two cop characters in the film are played by two of the greatest regulars of Italian genre-cinema, Luigi Pistilli and Frank Wolff (who committed suicide before the film was released). The ravishing Barbara Bouchet is astonishing and incredibly sexy in the role of Ugo Piazza's stripper girlfriend. Bouchet is both a stunning beauty and an excellent actress and this is doubtlessly one of her most memorable roles. This is also a political film and director Di Leo embedded a lot of social criticism about topics like corruption. This film simply has everything one can possibly desire in cinema. Films like "Milano Calibro 9" are the reason why I love cinema. This is an absolute masterpiece in all regards and, without exaggeration, one of the greatest Crime flicks ever made! The ingenious opening scene alone is more memorable than most films get in two hours. 10/10

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