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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.


Elio Petri


Elio Petri (story and screenplay), Ugo Pirro (story and screenplay)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Gian Maria Volontè ... Dottore
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 ... Marito Terzi
Aleka Paizi Aleka Paizi ... Governante
Vittorio Duse ... Canes
Pino Patti Pino Patti ... Capo Reparto Intercettazioni
Salvo Randone ... Idraulico
Giuseppe Licastro Giuseppe Licastro
Filippo De Gara Filippo De Gara ... Agente
Fulvio Grimaldi Fulvio Grimaldi ... Patanè


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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When you're a big man in the big city, can you get away with murder ? [UK Theatrical] See more »


Crime | Drama


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Director Cameo (Elio Petri): Man sleeping during The Chief's speech. See more »


[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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Alternate Versions

Columbia also released the film in the United States in an English dubbed version. See more »


References His Days Are Numbered (1962) See more »

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Satirical masterpiece
15 October 2005 | by michelerealiniSee all my reviews

"Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto" is one the best films of Elio Petri. This great director used to make films with a strong social content. This movie, which won an Oscar for the best foreign language film in 1970, stars Gian Maria Volonté -one of Petri's favorite actors.

The story is about a fascist police boss, who accidentally kills his mistress during an erotic game. Fate wants him to lead the inquiry for this death. The policeman spreads everywhere clues for his guilt (!). He doesn't do that for justice, he only does this for proving to himself that he's untouchable.

Gian Maria Volonté performance is memorable -as usual... He was a big actor, he could change from one role to the other like an extraordinary chameleon. The film has a solid structure, it is satirical and cynical. The sarcasm towards the police boss is also supported by an excellent musical score by Ennio Morricone.

We miss films like this one, it's one of the examples of Italian masterpieces which aren't produced any more.

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Release Date:

9 September 1970 (Finland) See more »

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Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion See more »


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Vera Films S.p.a. See more »
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1.85 : 1
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