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The Cynic, the Rat and the Fist (1977)

Il cinico, l'infame, il violento (original title)
A hardened cop is left for dead by the henchmen of a escapee gangster he had previously arrested, and upon recovery relentlessly pursues them.


Umberto Lenzi


Sauro Scavolini (story), Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurizio Merli ... Inspector Leonardo Tanzi
John Saxon ... Frank Di Maggio
Renzo Palmer Renzo Palmer ... Commissioner Astalli
Gabriella Lepori ... Nadia
Robert Hundar ... Dario
Bruno Corazzari ... Ettore
Marco Guglielmi Marco Guglielmi ... Marchetti
Gabriella Giorgelli ... Maria Balzano
Guido Alberti Guido Alberti ... Tanzi's Uncle
Aldo Massasso Aldo Massasso ... Magistrate
Brigitte Petronio ... Blonde Hooker at Fazi's
Gianni Musy Gianni Musy ... Nicola Proietti
Gianfilippo Carcano Gianfilippo Carcano ... The Professor
Tomas Milian ... Luigi 'The Chinaman' Maietto
Dante Cleri Dante Cleri ... Di Maggio's Aide


Luigi Maietto (Chinaman) escapes from prison he then orders two henchman to murder the inspector whose testimonal led to his being jailed. Inspector Tanzi is left for dead but lives. The local newspapers cover up for him and pretend the assassination had worked. When Tanzi's able to his superior wants him to hide in Switzerland. But Tanzi defies him and intends to make sure that Maietto is put back in prison. Written by wxjuh

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A feast of violence and action!


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Release Date:

3 February 1977 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cynic, the Rat & the Fist See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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2.35 : 1
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According to Tanzi's passport, he was born March 21st, 1940 in Tripoli, Italian Tripoliania to Giorgio Tanzi and Elena Zecua. See more »


References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

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Umberto does it again!
12 January 2012 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

My estimation of Umberto Lenzi has risen over the years. Maybe I shouldn't have started with his late-era movies like House of Lost Souls etc, but during the seventies he was one of the great. This is a perfect example of what I'm talking about.

If there's a bad Italian crime movie, I haven't seen it. This one has Maurizio Merli as a cop driven to fake his death as Tomas Milian gets out of jail and swear revenge. You seen these films, right? I don't have to explain any more (gunfights, fistfights, car chases, showdowns).

These films, above all Italian genre movies, make me feel like a little kid again, from the music, to the style, to John Saxon's moustache, you just can't beat them. This is benefits from having Merli, Saxon, and especially Milian trying to out act each other.

The Cynic, The Rat and The Fist makes me want to go out, by a kipper tie and flared pastel suit, grow a moustache, grab a bottle of J&B, light up a Malboro, slip the safety of a sub-machine gun and jump onto a moped with a hooker with a heart of gold (who isn't averse to a friendly smack in the chops if she gets lippy).

Get it now - you can get box sets of these from the US for pennies.

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