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Young southerner Marco Russo moves to the mafia-controlled north of Italy and finds work with the powerful Manzetti family. He then proceeds to stir the pot between the Manzettis and their top rivals the Belmondos.
Maurizio Merli faces a tough hostage situation involving his own son
"The Iron Commissioner" is a no-nonsense poliziotesschi done in a solid and straightforward way. It's not real flashy, but its situations are suspenseful and do not stretch credulity. Parts of it, at the outset, are episodic. They build up the character and capability of Merli's police detective and his relationship with his ex-wife and son of about 8.
Merli is a recognizable, good and handsome leading man, like Milian, Nero and Gemma. The camera sometimes dwells on his face, which is no problem for him as an actor. He moves athletically, even on one scene on a roof.
There is good support from the district cops and detectives.
I felt genuinely drawn into the challenge that Merli faced when a young man who blames him for his father's death kidnaps his son. The way that the script builds its characters, all of them, shows some real heart. These Italian police movies of the 70s vary in their emphases, but they all are creative in one way or another and they are holding up over time.
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