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Poliziotto sprint (1977)

A hot-shot police driver has more guts than brains, often landing him in hot water with his middle-aged mentor, who was once a legendary police interceptor responsible for numerous large scale arrests.

Director:

Stelvio Massi

Writers:

Gino Capone (screenplay) (as Aldo Capone), Gino Capone (story) (as Aldo Capone)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurizio Merli ... Marco Palma
Giancarlo Sbragia ... Maresciallo Tagliaferri
Angelo Infanti Angelo Infanti ... Jean-Paul Dossena / il Nizzardo
Lilli Carati Lilli Carati ... Francesca
Glauco Onorato Glauco Onorato ... Pistone
Orazio Orlando ... Silicato
Gaetano Balestrieri Gaetano Balestrieri ... (as Gaetano Balistreri)
Rosario Borelli Rosario Borelli ... Maresciallo Bresciani - the car repairer
Tullio Casarino Tullio Casarino
Paolo Casella Paolo Casella
Gabriele Domenichini Gabriele Domenichini ... (as Vito Gabriele Domenighini)
Vittorio Fanfoni Vittorio Fanfoni ... Dossena's Man
Tom Felleghy Tom Felleghy ... The Customer in the Car Showroom
Manfred Freyberger Manfred Freyberger ... Questore
Claudio Giorgi Claudio Giorgi
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A hot-shot police driver has more guts than brains, often landing him in hot water with his middle-aged mentor, who was once a legendary police interceptor responsible for numerous large scale arrests.

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

19 October 1977 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Highway Racer See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Buzzbomb
27 September 2018 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

In 1977, the partnership of Maurizio Merli and his moustache was temporarily dissolved as each of them pursued their own careers. Due to making some bad decisions, Maurizio's moustache ended up taking the role of the pubic region of a busy German porn star, whereas Maurizio himself made this film - where a racing car obsessed cop finds himself up against a bunch of bank robbers...who are also racing car obsessed.

He's a young cop who loves a good car chase, but his boss thinks he's too hot-headed and not experienced enough. Plus his car is crap. His boss is also a legendary driver amongst the force, and knows fine well that the spate of bank robberies taking place in Rome are down to an old, racing car driving enemy of his. He warns Maurizio that this bad guy will outsmart him, and tells him not to be drawn in to a race with the guy, adding that Maurizio better be careful with that anxious partner of his who only has two days before transferring to a safer job. Guess what happens to him?

One dead partner later, it's up to Maurizio and his boss to make Maurizio the hot-shot driver he was born to be, so we get a lengthy sequence of training and such like which could have been covered in less time with a montage, but this is the seventies and not the eighties I guess. Plus, Mr No Moustache also has to go undercover, but did I need to tell you that? His cover is blown in the most stupid way possible, too.

A film called Highway Racer just better be filled with car chases and stunts, and it is! They even have a car chase on the Spanish Steps of all places. Not sure how they got away with that one. There's also a scene where it pretty much looks like a stuntman was hit by a car on purpose. Hope they paid that guy well. Or at least the family he left behind.

A film like this is to be watched for fun, and I had fun. Maurizio loves racing so much even his room is filled with toy cars. Awesome. After some very thorough trips to the dry cleaners, Maurizio and his moustache were reunited for Inspector Grrrr: Mancop and it's seven thousand sequels.


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