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

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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 ...
Canali
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Catania
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Webster
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Tressoldi
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Lalli
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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Miss Kenneth
Omero Capanna ...
Vito's Goon
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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pimp | heroin | italy | revenge | auto shop | See more »

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When Godfather signs your contract... there's no place in the world you can hide! See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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2 September 1972 (Italy)  »

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Who said anything about wasting a bullet on a pimp.
29 January 2013 | by (Leesburg, FL) – See all my reviews

Poliziottesco, a fusion of the words poliziotto ("policeman") and the same -esco desinence, indicates 1970s-era Italian-produced "tough cop" and crime movies. Recurring elements in poliziotteschi films include graphic and brutal violence, organized crime, car chases, vigilantism, heists, gunfights, and corruption up to the highest levels.

With directors like Fernando Di Leo, these films replaced the spaghetti westerns. They saw their decline after erotica and horror took over in the late 70s.But it was the spaghetti westerns that gave Di Leo his training. He wrote the script for A Fistful of Dollars, and was assistant director under Sergio Leone in For a Few Dollars More.

The films of Fernando Di Leo had a great influence on later directors like Quentin Tarantino and John Woo.

Henry Silva(Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Above the Law) puts in one of his best performances in this film. He is excellent as a sleazy hit-man. Woody Strode (Spartacus, Kingdom of the Spiders) is very good as Silva's partner.

Lots of action, one car chase, and plenty of big naturals. Mario Adorf stole the show with his huge range of facial expressions.


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