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Abuso di potere (1972)

A journalist is attacked and killed. Inspector Luca Micheli investigates the crime, and finds a suspect named Delogo but, though the suspect himself confesses that he murdered Galiardin, ... See full summary »


Camillo Bazzoni


Enzo D'Ambrosio (screenplay), Enzo D'Ambrosio (story) | 4 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frederick Stafford ... Commissioner Luca Miceli
Marilù Tolo ... Simona
Franco Fabrizi ... Commissioner Resta
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Chief of Police (as René Kolldehoff)
Corrado Gaipa Corrado Gaipa ... Günther Rosenthal
Claudio Gora ... District Attorney
Ninetto Davoli ... Giorgio the Pusher
Judy Winter ... Rosaria Cruciani
Elio Zamuto Elio Zamuto ... Sgt. Mortesi
Guido Leontini Guido Leontini ... Turi Delogo
Mavie Bardanzellu Mavie Bardanzellu ... Luca's wife (as Mavi)
Renato Romano Renato Romano ... Interpol Agent
Quinto Parmeggiani Quinto Parmeggiani ... Gagliardi's editor-in-chief
Gianfranco Barra Gianfranco Barra ... Fish Seller
Giorgio Paoletti Giorgio Paoletti


A journalist is attacked and killed. Inspector Luca Micheli investigates the crime, and finds a suspect named Delogo but, though the suspect himself confesses that he murdered Galiardin, Micheli doesn't and can't believe he did it all by himself.

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Drama | Crime




Italy | France | West Germany



Release Date:

24 March 1972 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Shadows Unseen See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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An honest cop in it up to his neck
5 December 2018 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

Ultra serious, moody police investigation film with a kind of giallo feel throughout the first half.

Umberto Orisini plays a journalist who hands over a wad of cash to a strange fellow in exchange for a ring, goes to a bar and leaves with a mysterious lady, then gets jumped by a bunch of guys and shot in the head. To clear up this mess, the police assign hot-headed cop Frederick Stafford to find the killer.

Stafford is a divorcee with a daughter he hardly sees because he's a cop. He also very loose with his fists so when he gets an anonymous phone call that points to the killer, he sets about extracting a confession the old way. The guy does confess, but it all seems a bit too easy for Stafford...

The plot, which of course involves Stafford digging deeper into things and not liking what he finds one iota, is generic. On the other hand, the way director Bazzoni makes things unfold is fascinating. We, like Stafford, aren't privy to what's going on as he finds more people involved and someone else starts bumping people off. There's a girl at a local bar who takes an interest in Stafford and keeps obliquely referring to her employers, and there's a few 'warnings' thrown Stafford's way, the best of which is when he's kidnapped, blindfolded and taken to a quarry, seemingly to be executed.

For those looking for action there's not much until the end, but the journey is what makes this one worthwhile.

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