Claudio Cassinelli (cop) breaks every rule and then some to pull down gang
"Morte sospetta di una minorenne" or "The suspicious death of a minor" is a thoroughly enjoyable poliziotecchi, that is, an action crime movie with the hero cop throwing out the rule book and using any and every device he can come up with or improvise in order to solve the crime of a young girl's murder. There is a corrupt upper class business group and banker running a call girl ring where the girls are young.
Special note should be taken of several fights that are extremely well done, with no apparent doubles used. There are also neat car chases.
The movie goes on for quite some length where we do not know whether the cop is a good guy or a bad guy, because he gets enmeshed in crimes himself and goes after a middle-level gangster and uses a purse-snatcher as his helper and accomplice. The director knows just how to mix a certain amount of humor with the serious goings-on. Good support is provided by Mel Ferrer as Cassinelli's boss and Massimo Girotti, the gang boss.
This movie works very well because you simply do not know and cannot guess what's happening as it happens, much less what's going to happen next. It's very fresh. The director does not telegraph the plot. You see it unfold in an unpredictable way. The photography is good. I don't know what more one can ask for from the poliziotecchi genre or sub-genre.
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