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Blood, Sweat and Fear (1975)

Mark il poliziotto (original title)
R | | Crime, Drama | December 1975 (USA)
An ambitious narcotics agent relentlessly pursues a wealthy industrialist responsible for a large-scale drug operation.


Stelvio Massi




Cast overview, first billed only:
Franco Gasparri ... Commissario Mark Terzi
Lee J. Cobb ... Benzi
Sara Sperati Sara Sperati ... Irene
Giorgio Albertazzi ... Questore
Giampiero Albertini Giampiero Albertini ... Brigadiere Bonetti
Lucio Como Lucio Como ... Corrupt Policeman (as Luciano Comolli)
Carlo Duran Carlo Duran ... Gruber
Andrea Aureli ... Vice dell'avvocato Benzi
Francesco D'Adda Francesco D'Adda ... Giudice istruttore
Cesare Di Vito Cesare Di Vito ... Franco - Doctor (as Cesare De Vito)
Dada Gallotti Dada Gallotti ... Irene's mother
Danilo Massi Danilo Massi ... Ferri
Dino Mattielli Dino Mattielli ... Zardi
Vittorio Pinelli Vittorio Pinelli ... Benzi's Secretary
Flora Saggese Flora Saggese ... Franca (as Flora Saccese)


An ambitious narcotics agent relentlessly pursues a wealthy industrialist responsible for a large-scale drug operation.

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Crime | Drama


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Italian censorship visa # 66944 delivered on 1-8-1975. See more »


Followed by Mark Shoots First (1975) See more »

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Mark'll Sink Us
30 May 2018 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

This is the first 'Mark' film involving Franco Gasperri as the tall, cold narcotics detective out to bring down a drug smuggling operation in Milan. Mark is a kindly detective, I think, as he tries to dissuade a young rookie from joining the narcotics division and takes a poor young junky girl under his wing to help her recover.

What Mark is really all about is the taking down of dodgy businessman Benzi (Lee Cobb, who thankfully provides a nice performance to contract with Gasperri's robotic acting style). Mark knows Benzi is pushing heroin in Milan but doesn't quite know how he's doing it, while Mark's stupid boss continues to insist that Benzi is as clean as a gay guy's flat. With his bumbling sidekick in tow, Mark sets off to get to the bottom of the case.

Of course, the plot has to go round the houses a bit so there's some recently released German guy who is employed as muscle for Benzi, a sinister businessman-type who follows everyone around, and a getaway driver/drug courier that Mark keeps bumping into. On their third encounter Mark is giving this guy the beatdown when a priest beats Mark, causing Mark to shout "I'm a cop! You should have checked first you stupid prick! F**k off!"

There's a few standout scenes before the film turns dark in the last third and we get to the usual warhouse shootout- You've got Mark jumping out of a car and chasing an ambulance on foot, and you've also got Mark casually stepping out of the way of a car travelling along the street on its roof. Stelvio Massi once again stands out with his cinematography, which just suits this stuff like a...suit.

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December 1975 (USA) See more »

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Milan, Lombardia, Italy See more »

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