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The Italian Connection (1972)

La mala ordina (original title)
A Milanese pimp is pursued by - and then pursues - a pair of New York hitmen and the gangsters who framed him for stealing a shipment of heroin.

Director:

Fernando Di Leo

Writers:

Fernando Di Leo (story), Fernando Di Leo (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mario Adorf ... Luca Canali
Henry Silva ... David Catania
Woody Strode ... Frank Webster
Adolfo Celi ... Don Vito Tressoldi
Luciana Paluzzi ... Eva Lalli
Franco Fabrizi ... Enrico Moroni
Femi Benussi ... Nana
Gianni Macchia Gianni Macchia ... Nicolo
Peter Berling ... Damiano
Francesca Romana Coluzzi Francesca Romana Coluzzi ... Trini
Cyril Cusack ... Corso
Sylva Koscina ... Lucia Canali
Jessica Dublin ... Miss Kenneth
Omero Capanna ... Don Vito Henchman
Giuseppe Castellano ... Garagaz
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Storyline

When a shipment of heroin disappears between Italy and New York, a small-time pimp in Milan is framed for the theft. Two professional hitmen are dispatched from New York to find him, but the real thieves want to get rid of him before the New York killers get to him to eliminate any chance of them finding out he's the wrong man. When the pimp's wife and daughter are murdered in the course of the "manhunt", he swears revenge on everyone who had anything to do with it. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | West Germany

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

2 September 1972 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Kingpin See more »

Filming Locations:

Milan, Lombardia, Italy

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Second part of Fernando Di Leo's "Milieu Trilogy" also including Caliber 9 (1972) and The Boss (1973). See more »

Goofs

In the English version, Irish actor Cyril Cusack plays the American drug trafficker named Corso by using his native Irish accent throughout the whole film. See more »

Quotes

Don Vito Tressoldi: [to Luca, after being held at gunpoint] You little runt. You're talking to Don Vito Tressoldi, and DON'T YOU FORGET IT! That name means something. What's yours mean? NOTHING! Not even that stupid whore you're married!
Luca Canali: [sighs in disbelief] My wife wasn't a whore...
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The spaghetti-Western CHARLEY VARRICK?
25 July 1999 | by matt-201See all my reviews

Now released under the absurdly named Mack Video as the absurdly named BLACK KINGPIN, LA MALA ORDINA, once known as MANHUNT, shows the Italian seventies policier director Fernando DiLeo in peak form. The Italian cops-mob-and-corruption movies often had a neorealist tincture, not far from such British cousins as GET CARTER or THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY. (The best in this vein is the dark, harrowing VIOLENT NAPLES.) But some of them were as ripe and over-the-top as concurrent works of Italian horror; and this saga of a small-town pimp pursued, God knows why, by Mr. Big and two Vincent-and-Jules-looking U.S.-made button men, looks like the product of some torrid motel-room coitus between Sergio Leone and Don Siegel. The faces are sweaty, the beatings (to evoke Roger Ebert's memorable phrase) suggest the sound of ping-pong paddles smacking naugahyde sofas--the only thing that's missing is the groan of an Ennio Morricone score. An evening of Shane Black quips it ain't, but ninety minutes of top-shelf hardboiled groove it is.


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