7.2/10
1,875
26 user 32 critic

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 »
Reviews

Photos

Edit

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 ... Trini
Cyril Cusack ... Corso
Sylva Koscina ... Lucia Canali
Jessica Dublin ... Miss Kenneth
Omero Capanna ... Don Vito Henchman
Giuseppe Castellano ... Garagaz
Learn more

More Like This 

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
Caliber 9 (1972)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

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
Stars: Gastone Moschin, Barbara Bouchet, Mario Adorf
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
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
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

This is a story of a secret organization of former police officers, who go beyond the law, to kill notorious criminals without trial. One police inspector, (Enrico Maria Salerno) tries to ... See full summary »

Director: Steno
Stars: Enrico Maria Salerno, Mariangela Melato, Mario Adorf
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
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A tough, rule-bending cop pursues a maniacal, trigger-happy hunchback, a one-handed bank robber and their cronies in an effort to bring Rome's most powerful crime lord to justice.

Director: Umberto Lenzi
Stars: Maurizio Merli, Arthur Kennedy, Giampiero Albertini
Revolver (1973)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An Italian official decides to take it upon himself to free his wife after she's taken hostage by ruthless criminals.

Director: Sergio Sollima
Stars: Oliver Reed, Fabio Testi, Paola Pitagora
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 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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Godfather wants revenge! The contracts are out... The hit men gather. All hell explodes in the underworld! See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Actors Adolfo Celi and Luciana Paluzzi both starred in the Bond film Thunderball (1965) together. 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...
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

User Reviews

Recommended, but look for the Italian version
29 August 2008 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

Two vicious hit men (Henry Silva and Woody Strode) are sent by the New York mob to Milan, Italy to "make an example" of a small-time pimp (Mario Adolph) who is believed to be responsible for a missing shipment of heroin. The two hit-man have the support of the local Milan mafia don (Adolf Celli), who may know more than he's telling about the missing heroin, but their target turns out to be much more wily and dangerous than they could have possibly anticipated.

Although this Ferdinand de Leo crime thriller is regarded as a minor masterpiece of the genre, it has only been released in America so far on a crappy VHS tape which really hampers the enjoyment. It's full-frame, horribly cropped with the kind of muddy, off-color transfer that gives third generation bootlegs a not-so-bad name. The dubbing could charitably be described as indifferent--it's like they pulled random English speakers off the street and had them read from cue cards. The women in these movies are typically just sex objects, but still you would think that an actress of Femi Benussi's stature in Italian exploitation films (maybe a rung below Edwige Fenech and Barbara Bouchet) would at least get CREDIT for the important role of the protagonist's ill-fated, former prostitute girlfriend. (And her patented long, butt-naked nude scene would probably be a little more enjoyable if the ample skin she shows wasn't bluish-gray due to the lousy transfer). Perhaps most ridiculous though, the whole thing is presented as a "blaxploitation" film due to the presence of African-American actor Woody Strode (who's obviously dubbed by a white guy) even though the real protagonist here is a white Italian.

The action scenes are very effective though despite the transfer. It's also a pretty good basic story. I like these movies where there's a criminal anti-hero taking on the mob rather than the usual vigilante cop. The Italian crime thrillers certainly have their share of vigilante cops (the genre was largely inspired by "Dirty Harry" and "The French Connection"), but even these films at least acknowledge that that there's moral ambiguity in the world and that violence isn't always a clean solution for every problem. Overall, I would recommend this, but if you're going to get it at all, it probably would be worth seeking out a widescreen Italian version with English subtitles. Avoid the laughable "Black Kingpin" version.


7 of 10 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.
Edit

Details

Country:

Italy | West Germany

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

2 September 1972 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Kingpin See more »

Filming Locations:

Milan, Lombardia, Italy

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 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