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Caliber 9 (1972)

Milano calibro 9 (original title)
A former gangster is forced to resume his old lifestyle when his violent, jealous ex-colleagues and the police believe that he knows the location of a stolen cache of $300,000.

Director:

Fernando Di Leo

Writers:

Giorgio Scerbanenco (book), Fernando Di Leo (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gastone Moschin ... Ugo Piazza
Barbara Bouchet ... Nelly Borden
Mario Adorf ... Rocco Musco
Frank Wolff ... Commissioner
Luigi Pistilli ... Mercuri / Fonzino
Ivo Garrani Ivo Garrani ... Don Vincenzo
Philippe Leroy ... Chino
Lionel Stander ... Americano / Mikado
Mario Novelli ... Pasquale Talarico
Giuseppe Castellano ... Nicola
Salvatore Arico Salvatore Arico ... Luca
Fernando Cerulli ... Hotel Clerk
Giulio Baraghini Giulio Baraghini ... Brigadier
Alessandro Tedeschi Alessandro Tedeschi ... Old Courier with Glasses
Franco Beltramme Franco Beltramme ... Hood
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Storyline

Just out of prison, ex-con Ugo Piazza meets his former employer, a psychopathic gangster Rocco who enjoys sick violence and torture. Both the gangsters and the police believe Ugo has hidden $300,000 that should have gone to an American drug syndicate boss. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

10 August 1972 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Caliber 9 See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First part of Fernando Di Leo's "Milieu Trilogy" also including The Italian Connection (1972) and The Boss (1973). See more »

Quotes

Rocco Musco: [in English version]
[last lines, grabbing Luca's hair]
Rocco Musco: You... shoot Ugo Piazza? Not you.
Rocco Musco: [slams Luca's head on the edge of the cabinet for the first time] You... shoot Ugo Piazza? Who gave you the right to do that?
Rocco Musco: [slams Luca's head on the edge of the cabinet for the second time] To shoot Ugo Piazza? Who gave you the right to kill a God?
Rocco Musco: [slams Luca's head on the edge of the cabinet for the third time] You... you've got to kneel Ugo Piazza, 'cause THAT MAN DESERVES OUR HONOR!
Rocco Musco: [...]
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Undeservedly little-known gangster movie
2 February 1999 | by SMK-4See all my reviews

This is an undeservedly little-known gangster movie. The story resolves around the traditionally motive of loyalty, betrayal, and the strange moral code of the Mafia (in Italy), but we are never quite sure what ending the story is going for. The film keeps up the pace nicely throughout and the excellent doubly-twisted ending comes as a total surprise.

Gastone Moschin is very good in the lead as the apparent excon and victim of the Mafia's attention, but the acting prize goes to Mario Adorf's Mafia Lieutenant. He also has the best line, right at the end - which I cannot give away as it would spoil the suspense.


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