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La polizia sta a guardare (1973)

Commissioner Cardone arrives in a small town in North Italy, where he declares war to a criminal gang specialized in kidnapping of young rich boys; a war that may cost him both his job and his family.

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Cardone
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Jovine
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Aloisi
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Renata Boletti
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Samperi
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Laura Ponti
Gianni Bonagura ...
Zenoni
Ezio Sancrotti ...
Catalano
Ignazio Leone ...
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Ennio Balbo ...
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Franco Angrisano
Tino Bianchi
Enrico Osterman ...
Verganò
Philippe Hersent ...
Riccardi
Giambattista Salerno ...
Massimo (as Giovan Battista Salerno)
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Commissioner Cardone arrives in a small town in North Italy, where he declares war to a criminal gang specialized in kidnapping of young rich boys; a war that may cost him both his job and his family.

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16 November 1973 (Italy)  »

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Ransom! Police Is Watching  »

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Enrico Salerno tries a new strategy to halt kidnapping crime wave
11 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Great Kidnapping" (1973) is one of the best poliziotesschis. Enrico Maria Salerno is terrific as the new police commissioner who replaces Lee J. Cobb. Milan has been plagued by a wave of kidnappings. Salerno adopts a get tough strategy of not paying ransom, but his first obstacle is that the rich people being exploited are bypassing police altogether.

Some pressure against his methods is applied by Jean Sorel, just enough so that we understand the risks he is taking. But mostly we see how Salerno operates and uses the pressures of his office creatively in order to get some breaks in the case. He's making headway until the gang finds a personal weak spot of his own.

The well-tailored Salerno is dynamic in the role. The on-location photography makes the whole movie seem completely real. The story is very tense and gripping. Direction is intelligent and effectively milks a tight script.


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