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La mala ordina
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Release Date:
2 September 1972 (Italy) See more »
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Tagline:
The Godfather wants revenge! The contracts are out... The hit men gather. All hell explodes in the underworld! See more »
Plot:
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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Strongly recommended for beginners in Italian police films See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
95 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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German Import DVD has a Super-8mm Version (German language only), as a special feature on the disc.See more »
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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Strongly recommended for beginners in Italian police films, 14 September 2005
Author: dottorepaulo from Vienna, Austria

I spent much time in studying Italian police films of this era - and this one sticks out as one of the best. Unlike other Di Leo flicks - this one has a decent story, features B+ actors like Mario Adorf and Adolfo Celli (Mr. Largo in OO7's Thunderball), the editing is fast and rhythmic and it contains only one car chase but this one has it. The films owes its quality largely to the German-Italian actor Mario Adorf (already playing in one other Di Leo Film "Milano Calibro 9") - Adorf is witty, has a face with a thousand expressions and perfectly impersonates the change of small-town-pimp into a revenge-driven killing machine - without overdoing it. Unlike other films of this genre this one is tightly bound by a reasonable script, logical development of the characters and a rough, greasy camera-style. Editing is superb in timing, no frame is wasted for stupid dialogues or the typical 70ies mood shots (you see a scenery with someone walking and nothing happens). This film is perfect for exploring this genre.

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