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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 »
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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... 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 Il solitario (2008)See more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Fernando Di Leo crime flick, 22 March 2013
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

The Italian Connection is yet another movie that proves conclusively that Fernando Di Leo was the master director of the poliziotteschi. These action-thrillers were Italy's answer to the violent crime films that emerged in America in the early 70's. Di Leo made several and this one may very well be arguably the best. Its story is underpinned by a shipment of heroin that is stolen en route from Milan to New York. A couple of American mafia hit-men are dispatched to Italy to find and kill the pimp who is accused of the theft. This man is innocent of this crime, however, and he proves to be a surprisingly resourceful opponent.

One of the main strengths of this movie is its cast. Everyone suits their roles very well. Mario Adorf is particularly excellent as the pimp who becomes the unlikely hero. Adorf puts in a very energetic performance that really drives the film. Poliziotteschi veteran Henry Silva and Woody Strode are suitably mean as the mafia killers, seemingly their pairing was the reason Quentin Tarantino cast John Travolta and Samuel L Jackson as the legendary hit-men in Pulp Fiction (for this alone The Italian Connection deserves a footnote in film history). Rounding things off we have Adolfo Celi (Danger: Diabolik) as the mafia don and Femi Benussi (Hatchet for the Honeymoon) gets substantially naked in a role as a prostitute.

Like most of these types of movies there is a lot of moral ambiguity here. There are no heroes in the truest sense. The identification figure is a low level pimp after all. This makes it a crime film in the truest sense. But it is also a very good action flick. Of particular note is a spectacular chase sequence where a van fires through town with a man hanging off the front while head-butting his way through the windshield! There is, overall, a healthy dose of violent action in general in this one, climaxing in a great scene in a junk-yard.

Along with Milan Calibre 9 and The Boss, this is a top level example of this kind of movie from Fernando Di Leo.

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