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Fernando Di Leo
Lee J. Cobb,
Enrico Salerno tries a new strategy to halt kidnapping crime wave
"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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