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Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)

Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto (original title)
A chief of detectives, homicide section, kills his mistress and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime.

Director:

Elio Petri

Writers:

Elio Petri (story and screenplay), Ugo Pirro (story and screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gian Maria Volontè ... Il Dottore - Former Head of Homicide Squad
Florinda Bolkan ... Augusta Terzi
Gianni Santuccio Gianni Santuccio ... Questore
Orazio Orlando ... Brigadiere Biglia
Sergio Tramonti Sergio Tramonti ... Antonio Pace
Arturo Dominici ... Mangani
Aldo Rendine Aldo Rendine ... Nicola Panunzio
Massimo Foschi ... Terzi - Augusta's Husband
Aleka Paizi Aleka Paizi ... Inspector's Maid
Vittorio Duse ... Canes
Pino Patti Pino Patti ... Head of Wire-Tapping Office
Salvo Randone ... Plumber
Giuseppe Licastro Giuseppe Licastro
Filippo De Gara Filippo De Gara ... Police Official
Fulvio Grimaldi Fulvio Grimaldi ... Patanè - 'Paese Sera' Journalist
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Storyline

A chief of detectives, homicide section, kills his mistress and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime. Written by Damir Dukich <Damir.Dukic@snet.fer.uni-lj.si>

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Taglines:

Is there truly anybody today who is above investigation... above suspicion? See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

9 September 1970 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Vera Films S.p.a. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1970)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First part of the "Trilogy of Neurosis", also including Lulu the Tool (1971) and La proprietà non è più un furto (1973). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Augusta Terzi: How are you going to kill me today?
Il Dottore - Former head of homicide squad: I'm going to cut your throat.
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Connections

Referenced in Indagine su un cittadino di nome Volonté (2004) See more »

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User Reviews

Interestingly timely, even 30+ years later
11 April 2003 | by big-montanaSee all my reviews

Saw this film in New York at a revival. The tale of power and of right-wing/fascist politics corrupting is shockingly timely even today, in this time of global conflict, with enemies branded "unpatriotic."

The movie portrays the moral corruption of Italian police and politics in the 1970's, with totalitarian tactics wrapped in patriotism. The movie's lead policeman is swept up in the power of position. Sadly, it's only too easy for me to believe his ability to use his position and power to manipulate people and place himself above "the law".

The movie "looks" Italian and 1970's, with stark concrete and flat colors, which appealed to me. The story builds well, jumping backwards to fill in details, to climax in an alternate possible ending, very believable. I highly recommend it.


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