A journalist is attacked and killed. Inspector Luca Micheli investigates the crime, and finds a suspect named Delogo but, though the suspect himself confesses that he murdered Galiardin, ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story) | 4 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: GP Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In this adaptation of the Thomas Mann novel, avant-garde composer Gustave Aschenbach (loosely based on Gustav Mahler) travels to a Venetian seaside resort in search of repose after a period... See full summary »

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Romolo Valli, Mark Burns
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A man is shot in an underground car-park by a mysterious bearded man. As he dies he recollects the events that led him to this situation, including adulterous liaisons and jealous envy.

Director: Romolo Guerrieri
Stars: Ewa Aulin, Jean Sorel, Lucia Bosé
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Some youngsters kill their teacher; but they won't tell their motivation. The police detective on the case feels some sinister influence behind the young murderers.

Director: Fernando Di Leo
Stars: Pier Paolo Capponi, Nieves Navarro, Marzio Margine
The Third Eye (1966)
Thriller | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young count who lives with his dominant and jealous mother, begins in a downward spiral into madness after his fiancée dies in an accident - or it wasn't an accident?

Director: Mino Guerrini
Stars: Franco Nero, Gioia Pascal, Erika Blanc
The Family (1970)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A hitman is double-crossed by his girlfriend and barely escapes a murder attempt. He then sets out to take his revenge on the woman and the gang boss who put her up to it.

Director: Sergio Sollima
Stars: Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Michel Constantin
Almost Human (1974)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A small-time homicidal maniac kidnaps the daughter of a rich man, prompting a hardened detective to work outside the law to pursue him.

Director: Umberto Lenzi
Stars: Tomas Milian, Henry Silva, Laura Belli
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An ambassador's wife discovers that one of the men in her life - either her husband, an ex-lover or her current lover - may be a vicious serial killer.

Director: Sergio Martino
Stars: George Hilton, Edwige Fenech, Conchita Airoldi
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

US 24, an American Navy base in a small island in the Pacific, is annihilated. Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a French aristocrat that is also a secret agent, OSS 117, is sent to Tokyo to ... See full summary »

Director: Michel Boisrond
Stars: Frederick Stafford, Marina Vlady, Jitsuko Yoshimura
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A tough, violent cop who doesn't mind bending the law goes after a machine-gun-carrying, hunchbacked psychotic killer.

Director: Umberto Lenzi
Stars: Maurizio Merli, Arthur Kennedy, Giampiero Albertini
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A secret agent is dispatched to find a rare and valuable drug.

Director: André Hunebelle
Stars: Frederick Stafford, Mylène Demongeot, Raymond Pellegrin
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After criminal gangs wreak havoc in the streets of Italy, a take-no-guff police commissioner forms a highly trained band of motorcycle riding cops to stop them.

Director: Domenico Paolella
Stars: Marcel Bozzuffi, Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Riccardo Salvino
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A retired cop is visited by his former partner who wants him to be a bodyguard for established clientele. At first declining the offer, Nick quickly accepts and joins his friend for the job... See full summary »

Director: Stelvio Massi
Stars: Maurizio Merli, Jutta Speidel, Arthur Brauss
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Commissioner Luca Miceli
...
Simona
...
Commissioner Resta
...
Chief of Police (as René Kolldehoff)
Corrado Gaipa ...
Günther Rosenthal
Claudio Gora ...
District Attorney
...
Giorgio the Pusher
...
Rosaria Cruciani
Elio Zamuto ...
Sgt. Mortesi
Guido Leontini ...
Turi Delogo
Mavie Bardanzellu ...
Luca's wife (as Mavi)
...
Interpol Agent
Quinto Parmeggiani ...
Gagliardi's editor-in-chief
Gianfranco Barra ...
Fish Seller
Giorgio Paoletti
Edit

Storyline

A journalist is attacked and killed. Inspector Luca Micheli investigates the crime, and finds a suspect named Delogo but, though the suspect himself confesses that he murdered Galiardin, Micheli doesn't and can't believe he did it all by himself.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

poliziottesco | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama | Crime

Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

24 March 1972 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Abus de pouvoir  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Against hidden forces, Frederick Stafford tries to uncover a journalist's murderer
6 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Abuso di potere" (Abuse of Power) aka "Shadows Unseen" is a very good poliziottescho. It appears on some giallo lists but it's definitely a poliziottescho, not a giallo.

The protagonist is a police detective or commissioner, played forcefully by Frederick Stafford. Reluctantly on the road to divorce and sidelined to a trivial job because of his previous resort to police brutality, he is called back to an important job when a journalist is murdered.

Stafford's bosses are played by two very good actors. One is Raymond Pellegrin, a veteran of French cinema, who doesn't want to rock the boat and is content with a superficial investigation. The other is Reinhard Kolldehoff, veteran of German cinema, who is more sympathetic to Stafford's efforts to dig deep into the case. I recognized Kolldehoff from the krimi "Face of the Frog". I've seen Pellegrin in a good many poliziotteschis and other kinds of movies, most recently in "Nous sommes tous les assassins". Several other experienced faces appear too. One is a thug played by red-haired Guido Leontini. The other is a usurer played by Corrado Gaipa.

The story is tight, serious and tense. It is deeply layered with the political context in which the police and especially Stafford find themselves. Early on, before Stafford is brought in, one scene is devoted entirely to bringing out the political quandaries faced by his bosses. They have to contend with vocal newspapers, a demanding public, suspicions, the desires of big moneyed interests, corrupt officials and judges, and the Mafia to keep them from digging too deeply.

Stafford gets a tip at the outset that leads him right to the apparent murderer, but it all seems too easy. The man arrested, Leontini, has a record but he also has beaten many raps and knows how to make the evidence insufficient for conviction. Stafford persists and before long he is either being threatened or offered inducements to lay off.

The story unfolds with a fairly typical detective type story line, but it does maintain some original elements that add interest. The movie tends toward the talky and psychological side as opposed to lots of action. It deals with the dead ends and blockages that Stafford keeps encountering. Toward the end there is a very good car chase through narrow and curvy mountain roads.

I rate it as a very solid 7 (really 7.5). A definite winner for poliziotteschi and detective story fans.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?