Just out of prison, ex-con Ugo Piazza meets his former employer, a psychopathic gangster Rocco who enjoys sick violence and torture. Both the gangsters and the police believe Ugo has hidden... See full summary »
Fernando Di Leo
When a shipment of heroin disappears between Italy and New York, a small-time pimp in Milan is framed for the theft. Two professional hitmen are dispatched from New York to find him, but ... See full summary »
Carlo Antonelli, an engineer from Genoa, gets mugged and decides to take justice into his own hands. At first the muggers seem to get the upper hand, but then he's helped by Tommy, a young robber who takes his side.
A bomb attack in a cinema in Palermo kills all the fellows of Attardi's clan a part from Cocchi. He immediately understands that the author of the bomb attack is Daniello from Don ... See full summary »
A psychotic small-time criminal realizes that the everyday robberies, rapes and murders he commits aren't making him all that much money, so he figures to hit the "big time" by kidnapping the daughter of a rich man.
The restorer Stefano is hired by the Mayor Solmi of a small village nearby Ferrara to restore a painting of St. Sebastian, made by the mentally disturbed painter Buono Legnani in the local ... See full summary »
Luigi Maietto (Chinaman) escapes from prison he then orders two henchman to murder the inspector whose testimonal led to his being jailed. Inspector Tanzi is left for dead but lives. The ... See full summary »
Maurizio Merli up against an impenetrable Murder Inc. in Milan
"Hunted City" (1979) pits Maurizio Merli as "Paolo Ferro" against an operation of paid murderers in Milan. Is the Mafia behind it? He does not think so, but then who is? Every effort he makes leads to a dead end. The capture of one killer provides no help as the man is in a coma. His own moves seem to be watched. He meets with local Mafia leaders to no avail. He secures the help of Francisco Rabal, a Mafia don with whom he is friendly. Merli suspects a past criminal, Mario Merola, but he now is a busy restaurateur. The best lead might be that the victims of a shooting spate relate to a bankrupt bank.
This solid poliziottescho offers agile fresh direction and several chases through a very well-photographed Milan. The acting is solid. The story is diffuse and not linear, not following a pattern of detecting success. Rather, Merli is becoming bitter at his failure.
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