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
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.
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 »
A detective sick and tired of the rampant crime and violence in his city, and constantly at odds with his superiors, is finally kicked out of the department for a "questionable" shooting of... See full summary »
Italian mobster, Michele Barresi heads for the safer climate of Brooklyn after his chief rival is gunned down in the small Sicilian town of Corleone. Commissioner Berni learns of his ... 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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