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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 ... Canali

Henry Silva ... Catania

Woody Strode ... Webster

Adolfo Celi ... Tressoldi

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

Cyril Cusack ... Corso

Sylva Koscina ... Lucia

Jessica Dublin ... Miss Kenneth
Omero Capanna ... Vito's Goon
Giuseppe Castellano ... Garagaz
Giulio Baraghini ... Gustovino
Andrea Scotti ... Garo
Imelde Marani ... Cloakroom attendant
Gilberto Galimberti ... Vito's Goon
Franca Sciutto ... Dancer

Ulli Lommel ... Dancer (as Ulrich Lommel)
Vittorio Fanfoni ... Vito's Goon
Giuliano Petrelli ... Vito's Goon
Pietro Ceccarelli ... Vito's Goon
Pasquale Fasciano ... Vito's Goon
Alberto Fogliani ... Pinocho
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Empedocle Buzzanca ... Don Vito Henchman (uncredited)
Enrico Chiappafreddo ... Don Vito Henchman (uncredited)
Domenico Cianfriglia ... Milkman (uncredited)
Giovanni Cianfriglia ... Peppiniello (uncredited)
Guerrino Crivello ... Hotel Bartender (uncredited)
Fernando Di Leo ... Passerby in Blue Shirt (uncredited)
Lina Franchi ... Prostitute in the Park (uncredited)
Ettore Geri ... Disco Barman (uncredited)
Lara Wendel ... Rita (uncredited)
Renato Zero ... Trini Bud (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
David Sheldon .... production executive (uncredited)
Sormani .... tapestry (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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?

German Import DVD has a Super-8mm Version (German language only), as a special feature on the disc.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Il solitario (2008)See more »


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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
This Manhunt is Breathtaking And Without Mercy!, 30 April 2008
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

The second film in Fernando Di Leo's 'Milieu' trilogy, "La Mala Ordina" aka. "Manhunt" of 1972 is, in my opinion just not quite as brilliant as the foregoing masterpiece "Milano Calibro 9" (also 1972) and its brilliant successor "Il Boss" (1973), and yet this is an excellent and breathtaking crime epic that no lover of Italian genre-cinema could possibly afford to miss. The tough-minded and violent film, which has been released under many aka. titles such as "Hit Men", "Hired To Kill", "The Italian Connection" or even the absolutely inappropriate title "Black Kingpin", is breathtaking from the beginning to the end and profits from a brilliant cast. The plot revolves around Luca Canali (Mario Adorf), a small-time pimp, who suddenly has to fear for his life when he is framed for the disappearance of a shipment of heroin. Canali, who has no clue who the real thieves are, is soon mercilessly hunted by both the local mafia and two contract killers sent by the American mob (Henry Silva and Woody Strode)...

The role of Luca Canali fits Mario Adorf perfectly. I'm a fan of Adorf in general, he was always best in roles of the kind, and he delivers an excellent performance here. Henry Silva (one of my favorite actors) and Woody Strode (another great actor) are easily equally brilliant as the two American hit men, who are ultra-tough, but also responsible for the humorous scenes in the film, as Silva is constantly hitting on everything female while Strode is dead-serious and hardly says a word. The rest of the performances are also good, Adolfo Celi, who is probably best known for playing James Bond villain Mr. Largo in "Fireball" plays the Milan mafia don, and the female cast is entirely nice to look at. The story is not quite as convoluted as it was the case in "Milano Calibro 9", but "Manhunt" is still a tantalizing and uncompromising from the beginning to the end, and filled with non-stop action and brutal violence. The score is also great, and the camera-work ingenious. To me personally, "Manhunt" is not quite as brilliant as "Milano Calibro 9" and "Il Boss". These two films, however, are in my opinion easily two of the greatest gangster films ever brought to screen, and even though slightly inferior, "Manhunt" is still an awesome piece of crime cinema that is excellent in all aspects and easily surpasses most famed American gangster-classics. Excellent film-making, an absolute must-see for every fan of Italian genre cinema.

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