MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 5,179 this week

Execution Squad (1972)
"La polizia ringrazia" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  October 1976 (USA)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 277 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 6 critic

Add a Plot

Director:

(as Stefano Vanzina)

Writers:

(story), (story), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 3623 titles
created 23 Aug 2011
 
a list of 21 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 24 Nov 2013
 
a list of 26 titles
created 18 Dec 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Execution Squad" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Execution Squad (1972)

Execution Squad (1972) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Execution Squad.
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Caliber 9 (1972)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Just out of prison, ex-con Ugo Piazza meets his former employer, a psychopathic gangster Rocco who enjoys sick violence and torture. Both the gangsters and the police believe Ugo has hidden... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Di Leo
Stars: Gastone Moschin, Barbara Bouchet, Mario Adorf
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A police lieutenant on the take is ordered by the mob to destroy an incriminating report, which the lieutenant's proud father knows about. When the father and girlfriend are murdered, the police officer sets out for revenge.

Director: Fernando Di Leo
Stars: Luc Merenda, Richard Conte, Delia Boccardo
Almost Human (1974)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A psychotic small-time criminal realizes that the everyday robberies, rapes and murders he commits aren't making him all that much money, so he figures to hit the "big time" by kidnapping the daughter of a rich man.

Director: Umberto Lenzi
Stars: Tomas Milian, Henry Silva, Laura Belli
Street Law (1974)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Carlo Antonelli, an engineer from Genoa, gets mugged and decides to take justice into his own hands. At first the muggers seem to get the upper hand, but then he's helped by Tommy, a young robber who takes his side.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Stars: Franco Nero, Giancarlo Prete, Barbara Bach
The Manhunt (1975)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a crook gets framed as a drug kingpin, the mob decide to "off" his wife. Revenge is the name of the game, and the manhunt is on!

Director: Umberto Lenzi
Stars: Henry Silva, Luciana Paluzzi, Silvano Tranquilli
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Based on an actual event "The Kidnap Syndicate" is the story of two boys, one from a rich family and the other from a poor family, who are kidnapped and held for ransom.

Director: Fernando Di Leo
Stars: Luc Merenda, James Mason, Irina Maleeva
The Boss (1973)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A bomb attack in a cinema in Palermo kills all the fellows of Attardi's clan a part from Cocchi. He immediately understands that the author of the bomb attack is Daniello from Don ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Di Leo
Stars: Henry Silva, Richard Conte, Gianni Garko
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In this riveting Italian exploitation thriller, three young men embark upon a terrifying series of bloody crimes, engaging in robbery, gunplay, and murder. As the entire police force ... See full summary »

Director: Romolo Guerrieri
Stars: Eleonora Giorgi, Tomas Milian, Stefano Patrizi
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Stelvio Massi
Stars: Maurizio Merli, Giancarlo Sbragia, Angelo Infanti
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Mario Gariazzo
Stars: Philippe Leroy, Antonio Monselesan, Silvia Monti
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Luciano Ercoli
Stars: Claudio Cassinelli, Arthur Kennedy, Franco Fabrizi
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When Milano police lieutenant Giorga's chief is murdered by an organized crime ring, he vows to avenge his boss's death. Going undercover to continue the chief's investigation, he plans to ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Martino
Stars: Luc Merenda, Richard Conte, Silvano Tranquilli
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Enrico Maria Salerno ...
Commissario Bertone
...
Sandra
Mario Adorf ...
District Attorney Ricciuti
Franco Fabrizi ...
Francesco Bettarini
...
Former Superintendent Stolfi
Laura Belli ...
Anna Maria Sprovieri
Jürgen Drews ...
Michele Settecamini
Corrado Gaipa ...
L'avvocato Armani
Giorgio Piazza ...
Secretary of Justice
Ezio Sancrotti ...
Commissario Santalamenti
Piero Tiberi ...
Mario Staderini (as Pietro Tiberi)
Diego Reggente ...
Journalist
Ada Pometti ...
Mario Staderini's Sister
Sergio Serafini ...
Journalist
Fortunato Cecilia ...
The Informer
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

With killers on the loose who's putting the cops out of business? See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

October 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Execution Squad  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Sentence without trial
3 March 2014 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

This movie tells the story of a secret organization of former police officers, who go beyond the law to kill notorious criminals without trial. One police inspector (intense performance: Enrico Maria Salerno) tries to stop them, but the attorney (Mario Adorf) is not convinced by his conspiracy theories, so the inspector is basically on his own and can trust nobody.

Sounds a bit like Clint Eastwood's 'Magnum Force' which was released more than a year later, though. So in 1972, 'La Polizia ringrazia' must have seemed provocative and quite original. More than just a crime story, it is discussing political and social subjects such as death penalty, when the inspector points out they had that during the years of fascism which nobody would want back, or the press conference on the bus about the protection of prostitution. Director Steno is mostly known for his comedies with Toto or Bud Spencer - such a dark, pessimistic movie was unusual for him. The menacing soundtrack courtesy of Stelvio Cipriani adds to the effect, as the simple, repetitive, almost brutal chords suit the violence on the screen. An intelligent work of cinema that stands the test of time 40 years later very well, because it mostly avoids the genre clichés.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Anywhere to be found? Peter-174
Magnum Force? Nightcaller2
Discuss Execution Squad (1972) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?