MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 13,446 this week

The Police Serve the Citizens? (1973)
"La polizia è al servizio del cittadino?" (original title)

 |  Action, Crime  |  1973 (Italy)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 41 users  
Reviews: 1 user | 1 critic

Add a Plot

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1246 titles
created 22 Feb 2012
 
a list of 89 titles
created 3 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Police Serve the Citizens? (1973)

The Police Serve the Citizens? (1973) on IMDb 7/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Police Serve the Citizens?.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A Victorian-age scientist returns to London with his paleontological bag-of-bones discovery from Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately, when exposed to water, flesh returns to the bones ... See full summary »

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Lorna Heilbron
Autopsy (1975)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A pathology med student and a priest team up to investigate a wave of suicides blamed on sun spots and discover a number of them to be actual murders.

Director: Armando Crispino
Stars: Mimsy Farmer, Barry Primus, Ray Lovelock
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A mad scientist captures young women and drains their blood, in order to keep alive an ancient, evil duchess.

Directors: Riccardo Freda, Mario Bava
Stars: Gianna Maria Canale, Carlo D'Angelo, Dario Michaelis
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When a shipment of heroin disappears between Italy and New York, a small-time pimp in Milan is framed for the theft. Two professional hitmen are dispatched from New York to find him, but ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Di Leo
Stars: Mario Adorf, Henry Silva, Woody Strode
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Inspector Tellini investigates serial crimes where victims are paralyzed while having their bellies ripped open with a sharp knife, much in the same way tarantulas are killed by the black ... See full summary »

Director: Paolo Cavara
Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Claudine Auger, Barbara Bouchet
No Way Out (1973)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A mob hitman wants to retire, but his bosses don't think that's a good idea. Complications--and many bloody shootouts-ensue.

Director: Duccio Tessari
Stars: Alain Delon, Richard Conte, Carla Gravina
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A man gets caught up in a criminal organization and finds that once in, you can't get out.

Director: Giuseppe Vari
Stars: Antonio Sabato, Max Delys, Rik Battaglia
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
The Love War (TV Movie 1970)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Aliens from two planets at war come to Earth, assume human form and continue their battle.

Director: George McCowan
Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Angie Dickinson, Harry Basch
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Enrico Maria Salerno ...
Nicola Sironi
Giuseppe Pambieri ...
Marino
John Steiner ...
Lambro
Venantino Venantini ...
Mancinelli
...
Brera
Claudio Nicastro
Enzo Liberti
Alessandro Momo ...
Michele
Marie-Sophie Persson ...
Christina
Memmo Carotenuto
Gabriella Giorgelli
Cinzia Bruno
Stella Carnacina
Ubaldo Granata
André Mazzeau
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

poliziottesco | See All (1) »

Genres:

Action | Crime

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

1973 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Auf verlorenem Posten  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Cop Enrico Maria Salerno fights corruption in Genoa
27 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The police serve the citizens?" is a hard-hitting poliziottescho, coming across as a captivating, realistic and hard-boiled story. I see it also as a 70s style noir, and the story does get darker as it proceeds. For fans of the poliziotteschi, this film should not be missed if there is a chance to view it. It's done well. It's more investigatory cat and mouse, with occasional action, than it is a story with tons of action, chases and shootouts. The emphasis here is more on the personal and psychological conflicts that arise and what people do about them. This also characterizes a noir kind of story.

There is no single template for a 70s style noir. They may involve, however, criminals who have the upper hand or whose violence and corruption of police and officials are reaching new highs. And this prompts sometimes extreme frustration and lashing out by police. The line police are sometimes being frustrated by the staff bureaucratic police or by political pressures. Society is often shown as riven, with criminal elements extracting wealth from the working classes and small business operators, using intimidation or control over vital choke points. The lines between police and criminals are often blurred, with police using informers and practices going against the rule of law. Conversely, the criminals may have corrupted cops.

Genoa is shown as having certain industries, especially food, as being extorted by the criminal element which is well-organized and apparently so well connected that it is untouchable. A local businessman has been killed and made an example of by hoisting him on a hook of a crane near the harbor. Plain clothes inspector Enrico Maria Salerno is on the case. His assistant is a chipper fellow and a ladies man, played by Giuseppe Palmieri. Salerno is a very serious man, completely into his job, at the cost of his marriage and alienation from his teenage son.

Salerno goes through the standard and lawful investigating steps but with increasing frustration. Besides being a crime and police procedural story, the story also reveals the character of Salerno as he goes through his experiences and adopts new and unlawful methods to cope with the roadblocks he keeps encountering. The higher mob figures, for example, have no compunctions about liquidating people lower in the organization to shield themselves.

The story will become more and more gripping, especially in the second half. There are some good twists.

Definitely recommended.


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

Message Boards

Discuss The Police Serve the Citizens? (1973) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?