6.4/10
112
1 user

Policewoman (1974)

La poliziotta (original title)
Giovanna e' una bella ragazza, ma ha qualche problema con gli uomini: tutti la vogliono solo usare, anche il suo fidanzata Claudio. Trovera' una via d'uscita diventando vigile urbano. Come ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story) | 4 more credits »
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

1 video »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In Sicily, the mine worker Carmelo "Mimí" Mardocheo votes in the Communist Party candidate instead of in the Mafia's one believing that the suffrage is secret. After the elections, he loses... See full summary »

Director: Lina Wertmüller
Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Turi Ferro
Swept Away (1974)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A trip into the Mediterranean sea becomes a trip into the discovery of how society's frameworks of the rich and poor are delicate and temporary.

Director: Lina Wertmüller
Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Riccardo Salvino
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

When a friend is murdered by the Facists, a melancholy farmer takes up residence in a Roman brothel as he and an anarchist prostitute plot to assassinate Mussolini.

Director: Lina Wertmüller
Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Eros Pagni
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Two outlaws: "The doctor" (Bud Spencer) and the Indian Girolamo (Amidou) are helping villagers to fight a gang and a corrupt sheriff who has discover gold under the village.

Director: Michele Lupo
Stars: Bud Spencer, Joe Bugner, Piero Trombetta
First Love (2004)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Vittorio is looking for a woman who matches his ideal. Through a classified ad he meets Sonia, a sweet, pleasant, intelligent girl. However, she weighs 125 pounds -- which according to ... See full summary »

Director: Matteo Garrone
Stars: Michela Cescon, Vitaliano Trevisan, Roberto Comacchio
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The "Trinity" crew makes another modern era film. Plata and Salud are pilots ditching aircraft for insurance money. They wind up crashing for real in the jungles of South America. The plot ... See full summary »

Director: Giuseppe Colizzi
Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Reinhard Kolldehoff
Beach House (1977)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Una domenica estiva in uno stabilimento balneare al Lido di Ostia (Roma). Una fauna umana variegata e tante storie che si intrecciano. Una squadra femmminile di pallacanestro ; due militari... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Citti
Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Jodie Foster, Paolo Stoppa
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Piedone (Bigfoot) Rizzo is accused of drugs trafficking. In order to clear his name he has to find out who is the person, from a Mafia ring, who has infiltrated his police department.

Director: Steno
Stars: Bud Spencer, Al Lettieri, Enzo Cannavale
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A leftist professor wants the truth about two men killed during a hunting party; but the mafia, the Church and corrupt politicians don't want him to learn it.

Director: Elio Petri
Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Irene Papas, Gabriele Ferzetti
Ludwig (1972)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Historical evocation of Ludwig, king of Bavaria, from his crowning in 1864 until his death in 1886, as a romantic hero. Fan of Richard Wagner, betrayed by him, in love with his cousin ... See full summary »

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Helmut Berger, Romy Schneider, Trevor Howard
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The eventful ascent of a doctor in the corrupted Italian healthcare system.

Director: Luigi Zampa
Stars: Alberto Sordi, Sara Franchetti, Ida Galli
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When God created man, his first try at it wasn't very successful... Fantozzi was born, and right from the beginning of time he was doomed to be humiliated and laughed at. In a number of ... See full summary »

Director: Neri Parenti
Stars: Paolo Villaggio, Liù Bosisio, Gigi Reder
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Giovanna 'Gianna' Abbastanzi
Orazio Orlando ...
Ruggero Patanè
Mario Carotenuto ...
il capitano dei vigili urbani Marcellini
...
il senatore Giuseppe Brembani
Renato Scarpa ...
Il dottor Camillotti il farmacista
Gianfranco Barra ...
dottor Gargiulo
Umberto Smaila ...
Il figlio del sindaco
Gigi Ballista ...
L'avvocato
Renato Pozzetto ...
Claudio Ravassi
Alberto Lionello ...
Tarcisio Monti
Giuseppe Castellano ...
Nick
Lorenzo Logli
Antonietta Esposito
Umberto Travaglini ...
il papa di Giovanna
Pia Velsi ...
la mamma di Giovanna
Edit

Storyline

Giovanna e' una bella ragazza, ma ha qualche problema con gli uomini: tutti la vogliono solo usare, anche il suo fidanzata Claudio. Trovera' una via d'uscita diventando vigile urbano. Come Giovanna d'Arco, il suo idolo, non guardera' in faccia a nessuno e con l'aiuto del pretore Patane', innamorato di lei, smascherera' una serie di intrallazzi e corruzione denunciando perfino il suo capo, Marcellini. I due paladini della giustizia coroneranno il loro sogno d'amore, trasferiti in una lontana isoletta a sud della Sicilia, ma i corrotti resteranno al loro posto. Written by <p.romani@flashnet.it>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 November 1974 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

A Mulher Polícia  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Alvaro Vitali is the only actor to appear in all four 'Poliziotta' films: Policewoman (1974); La poliziotta fa carriera (1976); _Poliziotta della squadra del buoncostume, La (1979)_ and A Policewoman in New York (1981), moving up from a supporting part to co-star. See more »

Connections

Followed by A Policewoman on the Porno Squad (1979) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

More serious than it's sequels
2 April 2004 | by (Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The film starts with Giovanna Abastanza (Mariangela Melato) and her boyfriend Claudio (Renato Pozzetto) watching a play about Jean D'arc. We can tell they are together by their matching orange dye jobs. While anyone who read the title will suspect to see a film about a police woman, it takes quite a bit of back story before Giovanna makes up her mind to join the force. First she has to be humiliated and groped by every man in her immediate vicinity. Claudio dumps her the moment he learns she might be pregnant (turns out she's not), the guy at the pharmacy starts to get fresh, her lawyer boss can't keep his hands to himself and her father uses her and her mother as his personal slaves. About to board a train to Milano, she spots a recruiting poster for the police and decides to throw away her ticket and stand up for her rights.

There is some broad comedy during the relatively short training sequence (It took the producers of Police Academy ten years to find out they could base seven movies, a cartoon and a TV series on these scenes alone) but soon Giovanna is on the street in uniform to dish out justice, especially to anyone unfortunate to be male (complete with Morricone-esque music). As the first female police officer in this small town, she becomes an overnight sensation. But her strict law imposing soon starts to annoy the corrupt powers that be. It does not take long for all the high ranking individual to form a Godfather style 'family' to bring about the quickest way to discredit her.

Director Steno tries to juggle too many different styles. There is a lot of social commentary about pollution and money washing but we also have slapstick scenes with Renato Pozzetto. Then there is a rather brutal and unnecessary shot of a cow being put down at a slaughter house when Giovanna starts to get all sorts of disturbing assignments. A couple of fantasy sequences in which Giovanna sees herself as Jean D'arc also seem a bit out of place next to the old "eavesdroppers get the wrong impression when they bug her house" routine.

La Poliziotta is effectively up against the whole town. The only likable male is a magistrate who has the hots for her, but in a surprising twist she does not return his affections. The film certainly is a brave attempt to put across a solid feminist message and a far cry from the silly sequels in which Edwige Fenech took over the title role. During the training sequences one might get the impression that Alvaro Vittali is being set up to be a comical sidekick, but this did not occur until the next installment in the series. Unfortunately on a whole all the different ideas don't quite merge together.

7 out of 10


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Policewoman (1974) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?