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The Italian Connection -- Luca Canali (Mario Adorf) is a small-time criminal identified by the mob as the man who is responsible for a missing shipment of heroin.


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Release Date:
2 September 1972 (Italy) See more »
The Godfather wants revenge! The contracts are out... The hit men gather. All hell explodes in the underworld! See more »
When a shipment of heroin disappears between Italy and New York, a small-time pimp in Milan is framed for the theft... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Mario Adorf ... Luca

Henry Silva ... Dave

Woody Strode ... Frank

Adolfo Celi ... Vito

Luciana Paluzzi ... Eva
Franco Fabrizi ... Moroni
Femi Benussi ... Nana
Gianni Macchia ... Nicolo
Peter Berling ... Damiano
Francesca Romana Coluzzi ... Trini

Cyril Cusack ... Corso

Sylva Koscina ... Lucia

Jessica Dublin ... Kenneth
Omero Capanna ... Hood
Giuseppe Castellano ... Garagaz
Giulio Baraghini ... Gustovino
Andrea Scotti ... Garo
Imelde Marani ... Attendant
Gilberto Galimberti ... Hood
Franca Sciutto ... Dancer

Ulli Lommel ... Dancer (as Ulrich Lommel)
Vittorio Fanfoni ... Hood
Giuliano Petrelli ... Hood
Pietro Ceccarelli ... Hood
Pasquale Fasciano ... Hood
Alberto Fogliani ... Pinocho
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Empedocle Buzzanca ... Hood (uncredited)
Enrico Chiappafreddo ... Hood (uncredited)
Domenico Cianfriglia ... Milkman (uncredited)
Giovanni Cianfriglia ... Peppiniello (uncredited)
Guerrino Crivello ... Barman (uncredited)
Fernando Di Leo ... Passerby (uncredited)
Lina Franchi ... Hooker (uncredited)
Ettore Geri ... Barman (uncredited)
Lara Wendel ... Rita (uncredited)
Renato Zero ... Barfly (uncredited)

Directed by
Fernando Di Leo 
Writing credits
Fernando Di Leo (story)

Fernando Di Leo (dialogue)

Fernando Di Leo (screenplay) and
Augusto Finocchi (screenplay) &
Ingo Hermes (screenplay)

Giorgio Scerbanenco  short story (uncredited)

Produced by
Armando Novelli .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Armando Trovajoli  (as Armando Trovaioli)
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
Luciano Appignani .... unit production manager
Pietro Ceccarelli .... production manager (as Lanfranco Ceccarelli)
Armando Novelli .... unit production manager
Vincenzo Salviani .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Franco Lo Cascio .... assistant director
Sound Department
Goffredo Salvatori .... sound
Special Effects by
Basilio Patrizi .... special effects
Sergio Mioni .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Enrico Biribicchi .... assistant camera
Claudio Morabito .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alain Reynaud .... wardrobe: Luciana Paluzzi
Editorial Department
Ornella Chistolini .... assistant editor
Other crew
Gilberto Galimberti .... master at arms
Augusto Petrone .... production assistant
Vivalda Vigorelli .... continuity
Bruno Alessandro .... voice dubbing: Woody Strode (uncredited)
Gino Donato .... voice dubbing: Peter Berling (uncredited)
Gabriella Genta .... voice dubbing: Sylva Koscina (uncredited)
Noemi Gifuni .... voice dubbing: Luciana Paluzzi (uncredited)
Antonio Guidi .... voice dubbing: Adolfo Celi (uncredited)
Alessandro Iovino .... voice dubbing: Henry Silva (uncredited)
Ludovica Modugno .... voice dubbing: Francesca Romana Coluzzi (uncredited)
Giorgio Piazza .... voice dubbing: Cyril Cusak (uncredited)
Stefano Satta Flores .... voice dubbing: Mario Adorf (uncredited)
David Sheldon .... production executive (uncredited)
Sormani .... tapestry (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"La mala ordina" - Italy (original title)
"Black Kingpin" - USA (video title)
"Hired to Kill" - International (English title)
"Hit Men" - USA (video title)
"Hitmen" - USA (video title)
"Man Hunt" - USA (video title)
"Manhunt" - USA (video title)
"Manhunt in the City" - International (English title)
"Vengeance of the Godfather" - Hong Kong (English title) (première title)
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95 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Second part of Fernando Di Leo's "Milieu Trilogy" also including Caliber 9 (1972) and The Boss (1973).See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (V)See more »


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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Hot in the City, Hot in the City, Tonight!, 30 March 2009
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

"Manhunt" is a fantastic title for a fantastic Italian action/thriller with even more fantastic testosterone-laden characters and a fantastically dazzling level of excitement. Admittedly I'm slightly biased, as I'm a sucker for Italian cult cinema in general, but hey, apparently so are all my fellow reviewers around here! The second installment in Fernando Di Leo's Italian mafia trilogy is definitely on par with the other two, "Milano Calibro .9" and "The Boss", and I rated those respectively 10/10 and 9/10. The three films take place in similar locations and often even star the same cast members, but nonetheless they're entirely divergent and distinctly unique achievements. "Manhunt" mainly excels through a vastly simplistic yet hugely fascinating plot, but also through a handful of jaw-dropping shock sequences and perplexing performances. Two relentless American hit men arrive in Milan with the assignment to eliminate the guy who was supposedly responsible for a shipment of heroin gone missing. Basically a routine job, but the boss wants to set an example out of this case and instructs for the kill to be mighty and spectacular. One problem, however, the target Luca Canali is only a small time pimp wrongfully appointed as the culprit by the competition and he unexpectedly safeguards himself tremendously from the massive manhunt held against him. Mega-gifted director Di Leo masterfully illustrates the titular manhunt, as we gradually witness how Luca Canali transforms from a casual & presumptuous little thug into an almost likable and forcedly infuriated anti-hero. Mario Adorf gives away a stunning performance as Luca; a literally unstoppable man of steel – the dude crushes telephones and windshields with his bare head - who honestly has no idea what overcomes him but continues to battle for his survival nevertheless. His opponents, played by "Poliziottesco" veteran Henry Silva and Woody Strode, are convincingly menacing as well. The film is also stuffed with bestial showdowns and adrenalin-rushing chase sequences. The violence in "Manhunt" is uncompromising as hell and literally nothing or no one escapes the extreme brutality, not even children, women or adorable young kittens. Some of the settings are overly clichéd (like the topless dancing) and the nudity footage is a bit too gratuitous (random hippie orgies), but those are just insignificant little defaults in an overall first-rate 70's thriller. "Manhunt", as well as the aforementioned other two installments of Fernando Di Leo's mafia trilogy, is a definite must for action fanatics with nerves of steel.

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