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Detective Belli (1969)

Un detective (original title)
A crooked detective begins investigating a situation on behalf of a friend and gets involved in murder, deception and double-cross.

Director:

Romolo Guerrieri

Writers:

Franco Verucci (screenplay), Alberto Silvestri (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Franco Nero ... Commissario Stefano Belli
Florinda Bolkan ... Vera Fontana
Adolfo Celi ... Avvocato Fontana
Delia Boccardo ... Sandy Bronson
Susanna Martinková ... Emmanuelle
Renzo Palmer Renzo Palmer ... Commissario Baldo
Roberto Bisacco ... Claudio
Maurizio Bonuglia ... Mino Fontana
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A crooked detective begins investigating a situation on behalf of a friend and gets involved in murder, deception and double-cross.

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Taglines:

He tears people apart. He takes any woman he wants. He's the biggest operator in town. But it's okay. He's a cop. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

3 September 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Ring of Death See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fair Film See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Franco Nero was dubbed by the other actor in the English language version, but his voice was originally used in the Italian language version, which marked his first film to do his own dubbing in Italian since his earlier films before this were have his voice dubbed by other actors. See more »

Alternate Versions

Reissue named "Macchie di Belletto" cuts 6 minutes of footage, most notably the entire performance of Silvia Dionisio. See more »

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Followed by Smiling Maniacs (1975) See more »

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Franco Nero fans should dig this one.
29 December 2011 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

A dialogue heavy murder mystery whose story is just full of twists and turns, "Un Detective", a.k.a. "Detective Belli", a.k.a. "Ring of Death", is a reasonably entertaining, competently made movie that does provide handsome leading man Franco Nero with a good vehicle, based upon the novel "Macchie Di Belletto" (translated as "Make Up Stains" in the English dubbed version) by Ludovico Dentice.

Franco plays police commissioner Stefano Belli, a shamelessly crooked individual who takes a pair of cases offered to him by prominent criminal lawyer Fontana (Adolfo Celi). The details of these cases include a provocative photograph, blackmail, and cheating partners.

One review read by this viewer was certainly on the mark when it comments on the story's resemblance to the legendary "The Maltese Falcon", right down to the final showdown when Belli confronts the killer with the knowledge he's gained. (Of course, the denouement here is one that the viewer may NOT expect.) A fair amount of the screen time actually involves Belli confronting one character after another, so it gets kind of repetitive, and what with all of the exposition relayed throughout, it does require one to pay close attention. One standout scene features Belli intimidating British model Sandy Bronson (Delia Boccardo) into giving up information by driving dangerously through the city streets.

There's a brief scene of delectable bare female skin but the scene is over a little too quickly. Still, it's nice to see an assortment of "Euro-babes" among the cast: Florinda Bolkan, Boccardo, and Susanna Martinkova (whose dubbed in French voice is ridiculous yet still rather cute). Uncredited appearances are made by the likes of Laura Antonelli, Geoffrey Copleston, Silvia Dionisio, and John Stacy. But the most fun to be had is in watching Nero play a man of absolutely no moral fibre who always looks out for number one while becoming intent on solving the cases. He's a real brute of a man, yet is very democratic about it, roughing up men and women alike.

The movie is decent entertainment overall, if not particularly memorable, and may please plans of European crime stories.

Seven out of 10.


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