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The Cop in Blue Jeans (1976)

Squadra antiscippo (original title)
A top undercover cop finds and arrests a series of purse snatchers until he discovers an American at the top of an evil ring of thieves.

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Norman Shelley / Richard J. Russo
Maria Rosaria Omaggio ...
Signora Cattani
Guido Mannari ...
Jack La Cayenne ...
Policeman
Raf Luca ...
Benito Stefanelli ...
Shelley's Henchman
Toni Ucci ...
Lando Rossi - aka Grottaferrata
Marcello Martana ...
maresciallo Trentini
Vincenzo Crocitti ...
The Stuttering Thief
Roberto Chiappa
Roberto Messina ...
Commissario Tozzi
Adriano Valentini
Anna Melita ...
Adelaide
Angelo Pellegrino ...
Il Chiappetta
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Nico Geraldi is a tough undercover cop in the manner of Serpico. His rough and unkempt appearance belies his seriousness regarding crime and criminals. As a ring of pickpockets and thieves plagues Geraldi's city, he attempts to find the fences and criminal masterminds behind the thieves. Richard Russo is the crime boss. He successfully dodges the police, while he manages his criminal empire with cunning and ruthlessness. In the end, Geraldi must deal with Russo using unofficial means. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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The Cop in Blue Jeans...is dressed to kill.

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Blue jeans ?? Wanted : Color receptive, good translator. Must speak Italian.
12 July 2004 | by (Hell's Kitchen, NYC) – See all my reviews

Tomas Milian is a very good Italian actor who is know for play non-traditional protagonists. He plays Nico, 1/2 cop - 1/2 ex-con, who is dirty (literally), unshaved and doesn't like to wash (he also wears multiple pairs of socks, shirts and an ugly assortment of hats). This movie attempts (unsuccessfully) to capture (exploit) various elements of successful American movies and themes. The director definitely enjoyed Steve McQueen in the Great Escape (the director loves motorcycles - he put them everywhere in the movie. I'm surprised they weren't listed in the credits) and Al Pacino in Serpico (a poster hangs in Nico's apartment - and he names his white mouse Serpico). Thats where the similarities end. There are so many pointless motorcycle jumps, and chase sequences (the sequences are accompanied by Italian "spaghetti" music - one expects some pizza and sausages to fly in during the sequences) and fights, that one wonders what movie the director is trying to pay "homage" to. The criminal element in Italy is quite comical. The "bad" guys, who are indistinguishable from the "good" guys, usually surrender willingly once caught. They actually stand there .. and wait patiently while the cops fumble to cuff them. This movie does have a heavy Hollywood power to the credits, namely Jack Palance. If you watch this movie, you will be saying the same thing : "Where the hell is Jack ?" Jack is literally in 4 scenes (one scene shouldn't count considering it was mostly a stunt driver and Jack in a stationary vehicle) throughout the movie and a total screen presence of about 10 minutes. Out of the scenes he is in, he is dealt much physical harm; from the spray paint (mace) to the face to the infamous Nico knee to the crotch diplomacy tactic. In the end, this movie is more pointless than going to the corner store to get some smokes. If you want to see a good Milian movie, check out Companeros. If you want to see a good Jack Palance movie .. ... keep looking. In the end, this is a great movie for insomniacs and those returning from a night of debauchery.


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