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Elio Petri (story) and
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9 September 1970 (Finland) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gian Maria Volontè ... Il Dottore - Former head of homicide squad

Florinda Bolkan ... Augusta Terzi
Gianni Santuccio ... Questore
Orazio Orlando ... Brigadiere Biglia
Sergio Tramonti ... Antonio Pace

Arturo Dominici ... Mangani
Aldo Rendine ... Nicola Panunzio
Massimo Foschi ... Terzi - Augusta's Husband
Aleka Paizi ... Inspector's Maid

Vittorio Duse ... Canes
Pino Patti ... Head of wire-tapping office

Salvo Randone ... Plumber
Giuseppe Licastro
Filippo De Gara ... Police Official
Fulvio Grimaldi ... Patanè - 'Paese Sera' journalist
Ugo Adinolfi ... Policeman
Franco Marletta
Giacomo Bellini
Giuseppe Terranova
Vincenzo Falanga ... Pallottella
Roberto Bonanni ... Proietti
Guido Buzzelli
Gino Usai
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gianfranco Barra ... Policeman Questioning Augusta's Husband (uncredited)
Aristide Caporale ... Man at Police Headquarters (uncredited)
Ettore Geri ... Officer Attending the Final Confession (uncredited)
Alfonso Giganti ... Policeman (uncredited)
Franco Magno ... Officer Attending the Final Confession (uncredited)
Enrico Marciani ... Officer Attending the Final Confession (uncredited)
Enzo Mondino ... Officer Attending the Final Confession (uncredited)

Elio Petri ... Policeman Sleeping During Dottore's Address (uncredited)
Mario Silvestri ... Officer Attending the Final Confession (uncredited)
Alessandro Tedeschi ... Man listening to speech (uncredited)

Directed by
Elio Petri 
Writing credits
Elio Petri (story and screenplay) and
Ugo Pirro (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Marina Cicogna .... producer
Daniele Senatore .... producer
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Cinematography by
Luigi Kuveiller (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ruggero Mastroianni 
Production Design by
Romano Cardarelli 
Art Direction by
Carlo Egidi 
Costume Design by
Angela Sammaciccia 
Makeup Department
Franco Corridoni .... makeup artist
Rosa Luciani .... hair stylist
Production Management
Romano Cardarelli .... production manager
Hermes Gallippi .... production supervisor
Alfredo Petri .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Antonio Gabrielli .... assistant director
Lorenzo Magnolia .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Egidio Spugnini .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Mario Amari .... sound mixer
Mario Bramonti .... sound
Giuseppe Muratori .... boom operator (as Giuseppi Muratori)
Camera and Electrical Department
Antonio Annunziata .... assistant camera (as Nino Annunziata)
Sergio Coletta .... head electrician
Sergio Emidi .... head camera operator
Ubaldo Terzano .... camera operator
Mario Tursi .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Adriana Olasio .... assistant editor
Andrea Gargano .... final colorist (uncredited)
Edoardo Romani .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Bruno Nicolai .... conductor
Other crew
Armenia Balducci .... continuity
Enrico Lucherini .... press attache
Antonio Mastronardi .... financial director
Roberto Onorati .... production secretary
Matteo Spinola .... press attache
Corrado Gaipa .... voice dubbing: Salvo Randone (uncredited)
Ileana Zezza .... voice dubbing: Florinda Bolkan (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion" - International (English title) (imdb display title), USA (imdb display title)
"Ermittlungen gegen einen über jeden Verdacht erhabenen Bürger" - Switzerland (German title), West Germany
"Investigación de un ciudadano sobre toda sospecha" - Argentina (imdb display title), Uruguay (original subtitled version)
"Дело гражданина вне всяких подозрений" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Enquête sur un citoyen au-dessus de tout soupçon" - France
"Epäilyksen yläpuolella" - Finland
"Epäilysten ulkopuolella" - Finland
"Her Türlü Kuskunun Ötesinde Bir Vatandas Üstüne Sorusturma" - Turkey (Turkish title) (imdb display title)
"Inquérito a Um Cidadão Acima de Qualquer Suspeita" - Portugal
"Investigação Sobre um Cidadão Acima de Qualquer Suspeita" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Investigación de un ciudadano libre de toda sospecha" - Peru
"Investigación sobre un ciudadano libre de toda sospecha" - Spain
"Istraga nad besprekornim građaninom" - Serbia
"Onderzoek naar een burger boven alle verdenking" - Belgium (Flemish title) (imdb display title)
"Sledztwo w sprawie obywatela poza wszelkim podejrzeniem" - Poland
"Undersökning av en medborgare höjd över alla misstankar" - Sweden
"Undersøgelse af en borger hævet over enhver mistanke" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Vizsgálat egy minden gyanú felett álló polgár ügyében" - Hungary (imdb display title)
"Yoerano pasis ypopsias" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
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115 min | Norway:115 min (1970)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:SOA | Finland:K-16 | Italy:VM14 (original rating) | Italy:T (re-rating) (1995) | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Peru:18 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 (1986) | UK:X (1971) (cut) | USA:R (certificate #22755) | West Germany:16

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Cannon had hoped to remake this in the mid 1980s with Sidney Lumet or Andrey Konchalovskiy directing. Al Pacino and Christopher Walken were to star, and Paul Schrader would have been the screenwriter.See more »
[first lines]
Augusta Terzi:How are you going to kill me today?
Il Dottore - Former head of homicide squad:I'm going to cut your throat.
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25 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Everyone is GUILTY when the legitimate abuse of violence happens (esp. those on top), 21 July 2006
Author: imagineallthenames from Boston, MA, USofA

Some comments in light of previous descriptions of the movie.

This movie is definitively about state violence. Even if to a viewer that has no foreknowledge of the police state that was instituted in Italy (with the help of the CIA as the movie alludes to) in order to keep the Communist Party from taking power (the PCI had the biggest following of any parties at that time), the fact remains that the movie is not much more surreal than the socio-political reality facing the film-maker.

Murders and "suicides" (while in police custody) of left-wing political activists and of anarchists are a fact that Elio Petri was painfully aware of. He made a documentary called "Streghi dello stato" "witches of the state" where Jean Maria Volonte and others expose such "suicides". Elio Petri was politically aware and through out his work there is criticism of the right wing of Italian politics (see TODO MORO).

I think that the movie is most powerful once you are aware of the fact that you can be victimized at the hands of an institution, esp. at the hands of an institution that exists only to maintain political order. Once the politicization of the priorities of those institutions that have the legitimate use of violence occurs, than meaningless violence towards the innocent will be allowed if punishing it would impair the political functions of the state machinery. Flora Balkan is perhaps a symbol for the masses, their love of violence and power, their love for the undoing of their freedoms.

A very fine movie that requires some effort, but that is always actual - thanks to an interesting narration of human nature. The movie does have it's flaws and i the action is not as invigorated as one expects it to be after the first 15 minutes, neither is the camera work at the level it has to be for this movie to be the greatest ever but it is still a hell of a great movie.

Whether or not you agree with this movie's negative portrayal of state violence and of that primal attraction that violence has (explored in a marvelously Mediterranean style in this movie) for so many could make the difference in how much you are puzzled by the movie. If you see it a a satire of power and violence - it might work.

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