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Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay)
Fernando Di Leo (screenplay)
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27 August 1975 (Italy) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Luc Merenda ... Mario Colella

James Mason ... Filippini

Irina Maleeva ... Lina
Marino Masé ... Pardi
Daniele Dublino ... Lawyer Bonanni
Vittorio Caprioli ... Commissar Magrini

Valentina Cortese ... Grazia Filippini
Marco Liofredi ... Fabrizio Colella
Francesco Impeciati ... Antonio Filippini
Alessio Juso ... Bambino
Enzo Pulcrano ... Labbrone
Giulio Baraghini ... Brigadier
Renato Baldini ... Antonio Polieviti
Serena Bennato ... Slava
Flora Carosello ... Wife
Raul Lovecchio ... Latrella (as Raoul Lo Vecchio)

Renato Romano ... Kidnapper
Salvatore Billa ... Pardi Thug
Loris Bazzocchi ... Kidnapper
Willi Colombini (as Giuseppe Colombini)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dolores Calò ... Woman on Street (uncredited)
Omero Capanna ... Car Driver (uncredited)
Pietro Ceccarelli ... Hood (uncredited)
Giovanna Chemeri ... Woman outside School (uncredited)
Rolando De Santis ... Cop (uncredited)
Cesare Di Vito ... Journalist (uncredited)
Max Dorian ... Barman (uncredited)
Tom Felleghy ... Boss of IFI (uncredited)
Gilberto Galimberti ... Kidnapper (uncredited)
Alfonso Giganti ... Man outside School (uncredited)
Nello Palladino ... Man at Licensing Office (uncredited)
Sandro Scarchilli ... Doorman (uncredited)
Oscar Sciamanna ... Photographer (uncredited)

Directed by
Fernando Di Leo 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Fernando Di Leo  screenplay
Ernesto Gastaldi  screenplay
Galliano Juso  story
Nicola Manzari  screenplay

Produced by
Galliano Juso .... producer
Original Music by
Luis Bacalov  (as Luis Bacalof)
Cinematography by
Erico Menczer 
Film Editing by
Sergio Montanari 
Production Design by
Francesco Cuppini 
Costume Design by
Maria Luisa Panaro 
Makeup Department
Gilda De Guilmi .... hair stylist
Giovanna Manca .... assistant makeup artist
Cristina Rocca .... makeup artist
Production Management
Pietro Ceccarelli .... production manager (as Lanfranco Ceccarelli)
Renato Fiè .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Angelo Vicari .... assistant director
Art Department
Sandro Bellomia .... assistant production designer
Cristiano Tessari .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Franco Bassi .... sound mixer
Renato Marinelli .... foley artist
Luigi Salvatore .... boom operator
Goffredo Salvatori .... sound
Sergio Mioni .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Luigi Bernardini .... assistant camera
Roberto Brega .... camera operator
Ermanno Consolazione .... still photographer
Rodolfo Flibotti .... chief electrician
Francesco Gagliardini .... assistant camera
Maurizio Micalizzi .... key grip
Bernardo Valli .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mirella Novelli .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Roberto Gianandrea .... assistant editor
Roberto Puglisi .... assistant editor
Other crew
Marisa Agostini .... script supervisor
Gilberto Galimberti .... master at arms
Maurizio Giorgi .... production secretary
Basilio Patrizi .... armorer
Enzo Prosperini .... production secretary
Paolo Rampazzo .... administrator
Raffaele Salvatore .... cashier
Matteo Spinola .... unit publicist
Massimo Turci .... dubbing director

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Also Known As:
"La città sconvolta: caccia spietata ai rapitori" - Italy (original title)
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97 min
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Another excellent Italian crime flick!, 6 September 2007
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Kidnap Syndicate may not be the all action thrill ride that describes many of the Polizi flicks, but this is still an excellent example of the genre, and one that delivers a little more than just car chases and shootouts. As the title suggests, the film focus on the profitable business of kidnapping, and director Fernando Di Leo does an excellent job of showing the horror of the effect that this can have on the victim's families, as well as delivering another excellent slice of Italian crime drama. The film stars Luc Merenda as a mechanic and poor father of a kidnapped boy. An Italian crime syndicate kidnap the child of a wealthy businessman; as well as the mechanic's son. They make their ransom demands, but the wealthy father refuses to pay and decides instead to negotiate with the kidnappers. This enrages them; so to prove they're serious, they decide to kill the mechanic's son. Distraught at his loss, the father then sets out on a mission of revenge, with the organisation behind the kidnappings firmly in his crosshairs...

Kidnap Syndicate is a film of two halves. The first half focuses on the kidnapping itself and the effect on the families involved, while the second half follows Merenda as he seeks out and takes revenge on the perpetrators. The structure of the film works well; the director allows us to get into the situation and characters in the first half of the film, before launching into a revenge thriller; and by then, every audience member is likely to want to see the kidnappers pay! You don't really expect to see much emotion in Polizi flicks, and indeed more could have been made of the situation that the lead finds himself in; but overall, I have to say that the film does a good job of making you feel for Merenda's character and his plight. The acting is good also, with Merenda providing an excellent performance that works well with both parts of the film. Seeing him tear around on his motorcycle is good fun to watch and the film provides all the car chases and shootouts that you would expect from this sort of film in the second half. Overall, Kidnap Syndicate is undoubtedly a highlight of the Polizi genre and comes highly recommended!

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