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Silent Action (1975)

La polizia accusa: il servizio segreto uccide (original title)
Starting the investigation of a murder mystery, a police man is to investigate dangerously top politicians and military. A chain of suicides takes its toll among the current and past ... See full summary »

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Inspector Giorgio Solmi
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District Attorney Mannino
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Maria
Michele Gammino ...
Lt. Luigi Caprara
Paola Tedesco ...
Giuliana Raimondi aka la Tunisina
Franco Giornelli ...
Franz Schmidt
Gianfranco Barra ...
De Luca
Carlo Alighiero ...
Remo Ortolani
Claudio Gora ...
Martinetti
Claudio Nicastro ...
Prison Warden
Antonio Casale ...
Giovanni Andreassi - aka Massù
Giovanni Di Benedetto ...
General Stocchi (as Gianni De Benedetto)
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Captain Mario Sperli
Arturo Dominici ...
Chief of police
Carlo Gaddi ...
Massù's friend
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Starting the investigation of a murder mystery, a police man is to investigate dangerously top politicians and military. A chain of suicides takes its toll among the current and past leaders of Italy in a particularly difficult season for the Italian Democracy. Written by wxjuh

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Luc Merenda against strong criminal forces
8 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"La polizia accusa: il servizio segreto uccide" (1975) aka "Silent Action" is a poliziottescho. The title literally means "The police accuse: the secret service kills". This is an accurate description of a substantial part of the film's story, a frustrating part for policeman Luc Merenda. In instance after instance as he works to solve a homicide or a string of homicides, important witnesses or captured criminals are killed. He manages to extract enough information at times to pursue the trail, but then these killings halt his pursuit.

The story depicts a situation in Italy in which police are frustrated by higher level forces associated with shadowy figures of wealth and influence. Sometimes they reach down to corrupt police too and sometimes they assassinate policemen. The film opens with three disparate assassinations of men in important positions that establish the climate of lawlessness engineered by other upper echelon figures. The story pulls no punches in its downbeat depiction of what police are up against, but neither does it identify who's behind it or even identify their particular reasons other than to maintain their power and grip.

The IMDb rating of 6.4 is about right, suggesting that this is a decent if unexceptional entry in this genre. It does have a substantial chase scene in it and also a paramilitary confrontation. There's enough action to satisfy genre fans. Luc Merenda holds the screen and Mel Ferrer contributes a slippery ambiguity.


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