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The Italian Connection (1972)
"La mala ordina" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  2 September 1972 (Italy)
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When a shipment of heroin disappears between Italy and New York, a small-time pimp in Milan is framed for the theft. Two professional hitmen are dispatched from New York to find him, but ... See full summary »

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Mario Adorf ...
Luca
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Dave
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Frank
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Vito
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Eva
Franco Fabrizi ...
Moroni
Femi Benussi ...
Nana
Gianni Macchia ...
Nicolo
Peter Berling ...
Damiano
Francesca Romana Coluzzi ...
Trini
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Corso
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Lucia
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Kenneth
Omero Capanna ...
Hood
Giuseppe Castellano ...
Garagaz
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When a shipment of heroin disappears between Italy and New York, a small-time pimp in Milan is framed for the theft. Two professional hitmen are dispatched from New York to find him, but the real thieves want to get rid of him before the New York killers get to him to eliminate any chance of them finding out he's the wrong man. When the pimp's wife and daughter are murdered in the course of the "manhunt", he swears revenge on everyone who had anything to do with it. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Gritty 70's flick shows that pimping ain't easy
16 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Italian Connection" is a top-notch crime film from the 1970s. In it, a tough pimp by the name of Luca Canali (Mario Adorf) is framed for the theft of a heroin shipment in Milan, Italy. The American mafia sends two stone-faced hit men, Dave (Henry Silva) and Frank (Woody Strode), to make a grave example out of Canali. Thus unfolds a tense cat-and-mouse drama wherein the pimp has to fight to survive - and he does magnificently. The film's director Fernando Di Leo is known for engaging flicks such as this and his hand is very sure, especially with a car/foot chase involving Canali that is exhilarating. As with many Di Leo films, the basic story is familiar. It's Di Leo's style in telling it that sets this apart.


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