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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 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
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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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How will you kill me this time? See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

Director Cameo (Elio Petri): Man sleeping during The Chief's speech. 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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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

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

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very interesting movie, though a bit puzzling
20 September 2005 | by FieCrierSee all my reviews

When the movie starts, a man meets with his lover, and while they begin to have sex, he slits her throat. After washing in the bathroom, he's careful to leave his foot and fingerprints in conspicuous places, and places a thread from his tie under his victim's fingernails.

We then learn that he is the chief of homicide, who's been promoted to a job in political intelligence. The questions remain, why did he murder her, and why did he leave clues implicating himself?

Through flashbacks, we get some idea of what his relationship with the woman was. We also see that some other people become suspects. However, he is in charge of the investigation, and periodically presents even more evidence pointing to himself.

An unusual story. I'm not sure I understood the ending. The video I watched was dubbed in English, and subtitled in Dutch. Perhaps if there is a release of a copy in Italian with new English subtitles, it will be possible to understand the story better.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

9 September 1970 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$265,470
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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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