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Smiling Maniacs (1975)

Corruzione al palazzo di giustizia (original title)
During an inquest, an ambitious judge finds out that a lot of high-rank politicians are corrupt to the core.

Director:

Marcello Aliprandi

Writers:

Marcello Aliprandi (screenplay), Ugo Betti (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Franco Nero ... Judge Dani
Fernando Rey ... Judge Vanini
Umberto Orsini ... Erzi
Mara Danaud Mara Danaud ... Flavia
Giovanna Benedetto Giovanna Benedetto ... Elena Vanini
Umberto D'Orsi Umberto D'Orsi ... 'Eccellenza'
Renato Montanari Renato Montanari
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Prandó
Martin Balsam ... Carlo Goja
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adriano Amidei Migliano Adriano Amidei Migliano ... Man of Goja with bag
Roberto Antonelli Roberto Antonelli
Renato Baldini ... Man setting fire
Aldo Bonamano Aldo Bonamano
Francesco D'Adda Francesco D'Adda
Valentino Dain Valentino Dain
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During an inquest, an ambitious judge finds out that a lot of high-rank politicians are corrupt to the core.

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Women are their playthings...Violence is their game!

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Thriller | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

16 January 1975 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Smiling Maniacs See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Grim, cynical Italian crime thriller
17 December 2001 | by GangsteroctopusSee all my reviews

This is a film that belongs in the "Spaghetti Gangster" category. If it had been subtitled instead of dubbed it probably would have played in arthouses instead of grindhouses. There are some moments that don't really play to an American audience (such as the one in which the titular 'Smiling Maniacs' beat and rape Fernando Rey's mistress, a scene that swings schizophrenically back and forth between slapstick and ugly realism), but for the most part this is a pretty sturdy, involving drama of "corruption in the palace of justice".


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