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Killer Cop (1975)

La polizia ha le mani legate (original title)
Luciano Ercoli's Killer Cop is actually an entirely serious Italian crime thriller (or 'Poliziotteschi'), that handles themes such as murder and terrorism. ..


Luciano Ercoli


Mario Bregni (story), Gianfranco Calligarich (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudio Cassinelli ... Commissario Matteo Rolandi
Arthur Kennedy ... Armando Di Federico
Franco Fabrizi ... Luigi Balsamo
Sara Sperati Sara Sperati ... Papaya Girotti
Bruno Zanin ... Franco Ludovisi
Francesco D'Adda Francesco D'Adda ... Bondi
Paolo Poiret Paolo Poiret ... Rocco Altieri
Valeria D'Obici Valeria D'Obici ... Falena
Giuliana Rivera Giuliana Rivera ... Giuliana Rolandi
Franco Moraldi Franco Moraldi ... De Marchi
Elio Jotta Elio Jotta ... Minister (as Adelio Jotta)
Enzo Fisichella Enzo Fisichella ... Colonel Francalancia
Walter Valdi Walter Valdi ... Minister Assistant
Giovanni Cianfriglia Giovanni Cianfriglia ... Hitman
Fausto Tommei Fausto Tommei ... Regazzoni


Luciano Ercoli's Killer Cop is actually an entirely serious Italian crime thriller (or 'Poliziotteschi'), that handles themes such as murder and terrorism. ..

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He Not Only Bent the Law...He BEAT Them With It!


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Release Date:

27 March 1975 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Milan, Lombardia, Italy

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Italian censorship visa # 66264 delivered on 27-3-1975. See more »


Referenced in Amer (2009) See more »

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Myopic Terrorists
14 June 2018 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

The director of Death Walks On High Heels tries his hand at the crime genre and gives us a film that to me has the same tone and pace as his gialli. That's not a bad thing, mind you, but this is a more realistic film that you'd expect from the Eurocrime genre.

Cassanelli plays a narcotics detective who keeps caught up in something more complex than drug trafficking when, while tailing a dealer, a young myopic kid runs into the hotel the dealer is staying at, trying to get everyone to run from a bomb he claims is planted there. He runs off before the bomb explodes, killing a dozen people and setting Cassanelli on a path to find the short sighted kid based purely on the glasses he left behind. Trouble ensues as Arthur Kennedy is put in charge of the investigation...and he still playing the stubborn cop from the Living Dead At the Manchester Morgue! That means he hates Cassanelli and won't listen to him, by the way.

We also get to meet the bombers and a shadowy organisation that seem to be behind it all, a plot device that's occurring quite frequently in 1975's Italian crime films. Director Ercoli does throw in the odd bit of quirkiness, like the blind kid having to go to an opticians for new glasses and nearly getting caught, only for him to spend the rest of the film with those steel frames they make you wear while testing lenses. There's also a lot of focus on Cassanelli's investigation and a lot of time spent on his partner's nervous disorder following someone holding a gun on him, so don't expect massive shootouts or car chases.

HD is not kind to Arthur Kennedy I notice. Cassanelli still looks hunky though.

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