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Execution Squad (1972)

La polizia ringrazia (original title)
R | | Crime, Drama | October 1976 (USA)
This is a 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 ... See full summary »

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Enrico Maria Salerno ...
Commissario Bertone
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Sandra
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District Attorney Ricciuti
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Francesco Bettarini
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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 ...
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Ada Pometti ...
Mario Staderini's Sister
Sergio Serafini ...
Journalist
Fortunato Cecilia ...
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This is a 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't trust nobody.

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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.


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