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Sergio Donati (story)
Fernando Di Leo (screenplay)
Release Date:
22 March 1974 (Italy) See more »
A police lieutenant suddenly faces the consequences of his choice to part for the local mobs. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Luc Merenda ... Domenico

Richard Conte ... Mazzanti
Delia Boccardo ... Sandra
Raymond Pellegrin ... Pascal
Gianni Santuccio ... Questore
Vittorio Caprioli ... Esposito
Salvo Randone ... Malacarne
Rosario Borelli ... Garrito
Monica Monet ... Barbara
Gino Milli ... Gianmaria
Elio Zamuto ... Rio
Loris Bazzocchi ... Killer
Marcello Di Falco ... Killer
Massimo Sarchielli ... Raba
Marisa Traversi ... Nevio
Sergio Ammirata ... Curcetti
Salvatore Billa ... Rizzo
Attilio Duse
Luigi Antonio Guerra
Mario Garriba
Aldo Valletti ... Host
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruno Bertocci ... Cop (uncredited)
Omero Capanna ... Driver (uncredited)
Angelo Casadei ... Cop (uncredited)
Lewis E. Ciannelli ... Esposito (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Carolyn De Fonseca ... Barbara (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Larry Dolgin ... Gianmaria (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Alfonso Giganti ... Carabinieri (uncredited)
William Kiehl ... Garrito (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Anthony La Penna ... Malacarne (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Franco Lo Cascio ... Colleague (uncredited)
Gene Luotto ... Mazzanti (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Pascal (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Giuseppe Marrocco ... Guest (uncredited)
Giulio Massimini ... Conference (uncredited)
Richard McNamara ... Commissioner (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Ted Rusoff ... Rabal (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Nando Sarlo ... Journalist (uncredited)
Oscar Sciamanna ... Journalist (uncredited)
Robert Sommer ... Smuggler (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Frank von Kuegelgen ... Dominic (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Fernando Di Leo 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Fernando Di Leo  screenplay
Sergio Donati  story

Produced by
Galliano Juso .... producer
Ettore Rosboch .... producer
Original Music by
Luis Bacalov  (as Luis Enriquez Bakalov)
Cinematography by
Franco Villa 
Film Editing by
Amedeo Giomini 
Production Design by
Francesco Cuppini 
Costume Design by
Giorgio Gamma 
Production Management
Alberto Marras .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Franco Lo Cascio .... assistant director
Rémy Julienne .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Gaetano Valle .... camera operator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Il poliziotto è marcio" - Italy (original title)
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94 min (TCM print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Great crime thriller - a must for fans of the genre!, 23 September 2013
Author: andell-2 ( from Sweden

Funky soundtracks, delicious 70's fashion styles, macho men living life in the fast lane and dames so exquisite even you might consider a life of crime. There are many reasons to love the Italian crime movies of the 70's. They have a certain lovable charm. They can be funny but they can also be nihilistic and grim.

You never know who will live or die. In the world of Italian gangster flicks no-one is safe. The love interest, the children, the parents, even the hero himself and everyone who is around him are in constant danger of meeting a cruel and painful death at any moment. Because of this you get very tense and unforeseeable plots that will have you sitting on the edge of the seat until the credits roll down the screen.

"Shoot first, die later" is also one of the better titles of the genre. So you should definitely check it out. It might be a little talky for some people but it never gets boring. The plot is simple but perfectly executed and there is always something exiting happening to keep my interest.

There are a couple of nice car-chases, a few explosions and some standard gunfare but the true excitement lies in the tense and emotional plot. Luc Merenda is no Fabio Testi but he delivers a solid performance as the corrupt cop who get tangled in a increasingly bleak situation that might be the end for both himself and those who stand him near. He is actually quite perfect for movies of this type. Di Leo, probably the best director in the genre, have once again delivered a great crime movie that should be seen by everyone who is even remotely interested in the world of Italian action-thrillers.

I love these movies and if you are into this stuff you should definitely check out the two volumes of Fernando Di Leo crime collection (amongst others this movie is found in this collection) put out on both DVD and blu-ray by Raro Video. The Blu-rays look and feel great and they are reasonably cheap to buy. So i would absolutely recommend those collections even for newcomers. Now i am of to watch another one and dream of the next GTA title paying homage to the Itallian crime genre ala Vice City for "Scarface" and "Miami Vice". I can tell you that i would be first in line to get a taste of that. It could be titled something like "GTA: Roma Violencia"... ooooh i would like that.

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