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Un poliziotto scomodo (1978)

In Rome, a vagrant finds the body of a teen girl, her throat professional slashed. Police inspector Olmi uses his brutal and violent methods to follow a trail that leads him toward high ... See full summary »

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Stelvio Massi

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Danilo Massi (story), Gino Capone (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurizio Merli ... Olmi
Olga Karlatos Olga Karlatos ... Anna
Massimo Serato ... Degan
Mario Feliciani ... Prosecutor
Mimmo Palmara ... Corchi
Marco Gelardini Marco Gelardini ... Degan Junior
Attilio Duse Attilio Duse ... Ballarin
Piero Gerlini Piero Gerlini ... Un giornalista
Luigi Casellato Luigi Casellato ... Senzatetto all'inizio
Maurizio Gueli Maurizio Gueli ... Giudice Garganese
Luciano Roffi Luciano Roffi ... Segretario di Degan
Mirella Frumenti Mirella Frumenti
Alfredo Zammi Alfredo Zammi ... Poliziotto (as Alfredo Zamarion)
Alice Gherardi Alice Gherardi ... Lorena
Alessandro Poggi Alessandro Poggi
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In Rome, a vagrant finds the body of a teen girl, her throat professional slashed. Police inspector Olmi uses his brutal and violent methods to follow a trail that leads him toward high government officials. When his methods leave an innocent bystander dead, the corrupt officials have an excuse to get Olmi transferred to a coastal town where the pace is slow and he has time for a romantic dalliance. Soon, Olmi discovers that fishing isn't the only local occupation, and out comes his gun and his ruthless tactics of investigation. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Italy

Release Date:

23 December 1978 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Convoy Busters See more »

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Atlas, Rewind Film See more »
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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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Lost in translation, alas
15 November 2006 | by thrashing_rageSee all my reviews

This is one of Stelvio Massi's best movies ever. A lot of first class stunts, chases and shootings that make this movie better than the average of Italian 'poliziotteschi' movies. But the whole plot is about a man who feels uncomfortable with himself both as a cop and as a man. The title in Italian is "Un poliziotto scomodo", literally "An uncomfortable cop". It has been freely translated as "Convoy Buster" even though there's no convoy in the whole movie. The original title has a double meaning. It means both "A bothering cop" and "A discomforted cop". It's a reference to the two halves into which the movie can be subdivided.

In the first half Inspector Olmi is in Rome, investigating on a double murder related to a rich and politically influential diamond smuggler. As Inspector Olmi finds out that the smuggler has bribed the judge who had to sue him, he realizes that it's depressing to be such a goop cop if you ain't backed by the system. Instead of promoting him, in fact, the local chief of police degrades him from homicide division to patrol. Inspector Olmi understands he is bothering the "big fishes", so he decides to give up and move to a quiet seaside small town, where he locks down is gun and tries to be an anonymous non-violent officer. He meets a beautiful woman who eventually becomes his girlfriend. But organized crime won't leave him alone as he finds out a gang of gun dealers that operates in that area. He resumes his Clint Eastwood's attitude and manages to annihilate the criminals, but in the final scene we see him drop down his gun and badge, desperate at his own tragic fate: he is not fit for life, since he is not appreciated as the good cop he is and there's nowhere he can hide from violence and blood-thirsty organized crime...

One of those excellent movies when there was no such thing as a happy ending...


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