26 user 57 critic

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.


Fernando Di Leo


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




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 ... 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
Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

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
Stars: Mario Adorf, Henry Silva, Woody Strode
The Boss (1973)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A hitman finds himself embroiled in the middle of a Mafia war between the Sicilians and the Calabrians.

Director: Fernando Di Leo
Stars: Henry Silva, Richard Conte, Gianni Garko
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A police lieutenant suddenly faces the consequences of his choice to part for the local mobs.

Director: Fernando Di Leo
Stars: Luc Merenda, Richard Conte, Delia Boccardo
Almost Human (1974)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A small-time homicidal maniac kidnaps the daughter of a rich man, prompting a hardened detective to work outside the law to pursue him.

Director: Umberto Lenzi
Stars: Tomas Milian, Henry Silva, Laura Belli
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Two small-time hoodlums plot to get even with a treacherous boss who is intent on monopolizing all criminal activity within Rome.

Director: Fernando Di Leo
Stars: Jack Palance, Al Cliver, Harry Baer
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Some youngsters kill their teacher; but they won't tell their motivation. The police detective on the case feels some sinister influence behind the young murderers.

Director: Fernando Di Leo
Stars: Pier Paolo Capponi, Nieves Navarro, Marzio Margine
Street Law (1974)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Carlo Antonelli, an engineer from Genoa, gets mugged and decides to take justice into his own hands. At first the muggers seem to get the upper hand, but then he's helped by Tommy, a young robber who takes his side.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Stars: Franco Nero, Giancarlo Prete, Barbara Bach
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Nico Palmieri is a police inspector who battles against hoodlums terrorising a sleepy Italian village, extorting cash from the locals.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Stars: Fabio Testi, Vincent Gardenia, Renzo Palmer
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An uncompromising cop gets transferred to Naples on account of this city's atrocious crime levels. His no-hold-barred police methods are considered to be the perfect anti-dote.

Director: Umberto Lenzi
Stars: Maurizio Merli, John Saxon, Barry Sullivan
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Fred and Tony are members of an elite 'special squad' of police in Rome, Italy, who are licenced-to-kill, undercover cops who thrive on living dangerously.

Director: Ruggero Deodato
Stars: Marc Porel, Ray Lovelock, Adolfo Celi
High Crime (1973)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An Italian police inspector matches wits with a powerful European drug ring. As he comes closer to the top of the underworld organization, his odds of survival decrease.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Stars: Franco Nero, James Whitmore, Delia Boccardo
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Based on an actual event "The Kidnap Syndicate" is the story of two boys, one from a rich family and the other from a poor family, who are kidnapped and held for ransom.

Director: Fernando Di Leo
Stars: Luc Merenda, James Mason, Irina Maleeva


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Action | Crime | Thriller


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Many of the people who plays minor character like the men of Rocco Musco weren't actors but people really taken from the street. See more »


Rocco Musco: [in Italian version]
[last lines, grabbing Luca's hair]
Rocco Musco: You... do not kill a man like Ugo Piazza, TREACHEROUSLY!
Rocco Musco: [slams Luca's head on the edge of the cabinet for the first time] You... shouldn't even touch a man like Ugo Piazza!
Rocco Musco: [slams Luca's head on the edge of the cabinet for the second time] You... should NEVER EVER touch a man like Ugo Piazza!
Rocco Musco: [slams Luca's head on the edge of the cabinet for the third time] You... when you see someone like Ugo Piazza, YOU HAVE TO TIP YOUR HAT!
Rocco Musco: [...]
See more »


Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

User Reviews

The adventures of potato head
10 November 2017 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

Every criminal in Milan thinks that small time crook Ugo Piazza (Moschin) has stolen $300,000 from local crime lord the Mikado (Lional Stander), from Mikado's sadistic enforcer Rocco, who has already brutally tortured and killed three people involved with the cash, to Ugo's own girlfriend, exotic dancer Barbara Bouchet. Most people even believe that he had himself thrown into jail for three years until the heat died down, but Ugo denies everything.

That doesn't stop Rocco harassing the hell out of him, however. First he's taken to a scrapyard to have the crap beaten out of him, then Rocco and his goons turn up at Ugo crap hotel and destroy the place, but Ugo still denies taking the cash. Ugo goes to his old partner Phillip Leroy for help, but the man can only offer him money and advises him to go see the Mikado (although he does give Rocco a kicking for good measure).

The Mikado, knowing that if Ugo has the money, then there's no point in killing him, hires him as a runner and has him work for Rocco, but things go from bad to worse when a red-clad figure who has been following Ugo kills one of the goons, steals more cash, and sets in motion a series of events that ends in a bloodbath. I suppose this being 1972 they had to throw in a mysterious killer somewhere.

This all sounds like your usual Euro-crime movie, but there also an ongoing socio-political debate between two cops (An animated Frank Wolff and a subdued Luigi Pistilli) about the differences in the rich and the poor, and the North and the South of the country. This is reflected in the Mikado's speech about the old and new mafia, and how honour is not practised by the 'new' criminals, which is something that comes back to haunt the film's bleak ending.

Just about every actor involved here stands out. Phillip Leroy tries to live in peace but his hand is forced by events beyond his control – his weary resignation at what he has to do in the end is a highlight, Gastone Moschin is no oil painting but as the quiet, brooding lead plays a very good burned out criminal, but Mario Adorf blows them all of the screen as the manic 'moustache Pete' who may be violent and cruel, but still knows how to stick to the code of honour. His character is no fool either, as a tense, and mostly silent scene between Ugo and himself in a police station shows.

The soundtrack is a killer too! Although not my favourite Poliziotteschi film (for that is what they are called), it's probably my favourite Fernando De Leo film. Oh! Special mention to the set design of Barbara Bouchet's flat – amazing use of black and white.

This was one of two films released after Frank Wolff's suicide. His co- star here, Luigi Pistilli, would also go on to commit suicide after receiving bad reviews and having a public meltdown (much later, in 1996). On a happy note Phillip Leroy and Mario Adorf still walk the Earth!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 26 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

10 August 1972 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Caliber 9 See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Recently Viewed