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Milano trema: la polizia vuole giustizia (1973)

R | | Crime, Drama | February 1975 (USA)
When Milano police lieutenant Giorga's chief is murdered by an organized crime ring, he vows to avenge his boss's death. Going undercover to continue the chief's investigation, he plans to ... See full summary »


Sergio Martino


Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay), Ernesto Gastaldi (story)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Luc Merenda ... Giorgio Caneparo
Richard Conte ... Padulo
Silvano Tranquilli ... Gianni
Carlo Alighiero Carlo Alighiero ... Nicastro
Martine Brochard ... Maria
Luciano Bartoli ... Giacomo
Lia Tanzi Lia Tanzi ... Hooker
Steffen Zacharias Steffen Zacharias ... Monsomerda
Bruno Corazzari ... Hood
Cirylle Spiga Cirylle Spiga ... (as Cyrille Spiga)
Rosario Borelli Rosario Borelli ... Pepi (as Rosario Borrelli)
Antonio Casale ... Casardi (as Anthony Vernon)
Bruno Boschetti Bruno Boschetti ... Hood
Sergio Serafini Sergio Serafini ... Hood
Luciano Rossi ... Cruciani
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When Milano police lieutenant Giorga's chief is murdered by an organized crime ring, he vows to avenge his boss's death. Going undercover to continue the chief's investigation, he plans to take over a pimping outfit and then proceed to beat up enough low-level thugs until the big guys in the crime ring take notice of him, letting him get close enough to uncover their secrets. Should this unorthodox method actually work, he still must take down the entire organization single-handed. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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One Man Against the Syndicate - Within the Law or Without!


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When the black car crashes, at the end of the car chase, it flips over several times and it is obvious that there are no passengers in it at all. See more »


Maria ex: ...and the next pregnant lady you run into in the street, try drawing a gun and giving it to her yourself.
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Trendsetter, along with its sister-film High Crime
26 June 2017 | by AylmerSee all my reviews

MILANO TREMA boasts some nice Milan location work and some very well-handled action sequences by Sergio Martino. The proceedings however get a little bogged down with a few too many subplots, unlikable characters, and lots and lots of talking about politics. Ernesto Gastaldi was one of the best of Italy's genre movie screenwriters, always able to inject some realism and dimensionality even into the small bit players. There's even some successful intentional humor, particularly during Luc Merenda's successful infiltration of a bank heist racket even though he's (a former?) chief of police.

The car chases in this film really take the cake though as some of the best of the genre, and quite early in the cycle too. Footage from the chases popped up in numerous other crime films, particularly Umberto Lenzi's. Also, a lot of the same henchmen would pop up in film to film from here on out. While at first I was irked that the two bumbling goons (Claudio Ruffini and Sergio Smacchi) who get tasked with tailing Merenda around just disappear without any resolution, I was delighted to see teamed again (possibly as the same characters?) in such films as THE CYNIC THE RAT AND THE FIST.

Granted, the success of this film, along with HIGH CRIME led to an explosion of Italian crime movies over the rest of the decade. The two films share much in common including featuring a fisticuffs- loving inspector using extreme methods to rid his city of crime to the tune of Guido and Maurizio De Angelis music. Oh yes, and Silvano Tranquilli appears in both, though his character here much less intimidating.

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February 1975 (USA) See more »

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Milan, Lombardia, Italy See more »

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