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Cop in Blue Jeans (1976)

Squadra antiscippo (original title)
TV-MA | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 11 March 1976 (Italy)
A top undercover cop finds and arrests a series of purse snatchers until he discovers an American at the top of an evil ring of thieves.


Bruno Corbucci


Mario Amendola (story and screenplay), Bruno Corbucci (story and screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomas Milian ... Nico Giraldi
Jack Palance ... Norman Shelley / Richard J. Russo
Maria Rosaria Omaggio ... Silvia Cattani
Guido Mannari ... Baronetto
Jack La Cayenne Jack La Cayenne ... Colombo
Raf Luca Raf Luca ... Brigadiere Gargiulo
Benito Stefanelli ... Primo Sgherro di Shelley
Toni Ucci ... Grottaferrata
Marcello Martana Marcello Martana ... Maresciallo Trentini
Vincenzo Crocitti Vincenzo Crocitti ... Zagaja
Roberto Chiappa Roberto Chiappa ... Gibbo
Roberto Messina Roberto Messina ... Commissario Tozzi
Adriano Valentini Adriano Valentini
Anna Melita Anna Melita ... Adelaide
Angelo Pellegrino Angelo Pellegrino ... Chiappetta


Nico Geraldi is a tough undercover cop in the manner of Serpico. His rough and unkempt appearance belies his seriousness regarding crime and criminals. As a ring of pickpockets and thieves plagues Geraldi's city, he attempts to find the fences and criminal masterminds behind the thieves. Richard Russo is the crime boss. He successfully dodges the police, while he manages his criminal empire with cunning and ruthlessness. In the end, Geraldi must deal with Russo using unofficial means. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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He's clever. Sadistic. Ruthless. Jack Palance is the master criminal too twisted for even the toughest cops on the force. But he's about to meet a cop who's even crazier... See more »


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COP IN BLUE JEANS (Bruno Corbucci, 1976) **1/2
2 September 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Surprisingly engaging poliziottesco spoof which actually led to a series, all featuring star Tomas Milian as maverick cop Nico Giraldi; in fact, a total of 11 films were made between 1976 and 1984! I know a few of them turned up on Italian TV as a kid but I had always considered them - and Milian's other contemporaneous series revolving around a character nicknamed "Monnezza" (Italian slang for "garbage"), but which lasted for only 3 'episodes' - low-brow, indeed bottom-of-the-barrel, stuff; considering that their titles - and I'm sure plot lines - were basically interchangeable certainly makes their longevity astounding!

Well, action-packed though it is - with the star (playing a street-wise ex-delinquent dressed as a bum with a mouse, Serpico, for a pet!) going through many a stunt on a motor-bike - the film's most prominent trait is its vulgarity which doesn't merely extend to a proliferation of colorful swearwords; indeed, the very first scene shows a chubby young man mooning a group of Japanese tourists from across the street, in order to distract them while his accomplices make off with their luggage in a van! As such, the film is enjoyable in an unassuming way - though the muddy soundtrack and the characters' frequent resort to the use of dialect made the dialogue a bit of a chore to understand, even for one who's fluent in the language like myself! - and it's certainly made even more tolerable by the presence of a predictably ruthless Jack Palance (whose real identity proves quite a revelation!).

The finale, then, is at once amusing and clever in that Milian - assigned to a special squad dealing with "snatch & grab" cases, hence the original title SQUADRA ANTISCIPPO - resorts to just such a crime in order to help his lovely girlfriend, whose job it is to smuggle provocative literature into the country!; they had met when Milian saved the girl from being raped: keeping her watch and other valuables in her bra, he wonders what she'd say if someone asked her the time, perhaps "a quarter to tits"?!

P.S. at one point, Milian says "La Polizia Ringrazia" (The Police Is Thankful) - which happens to be the title of the 1972 film (released in the U.S. as EXECUTION SQUAD) credited with kick-starting the whole poliziottesco subgenre!

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