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Shoot First, Die Later (1974)

Il poliziotto è marcio (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 22 March 1974 (Italy)
A police lieutenant suddenly faces the consequences of his choice to part for the local mobs.

Director:

Fernando Di Leo

Writers:

Fernando Di Leo (screenplay), Sergio Donati (story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luc Merenda ... Domenico
Richard Conte ... Mazzanti
Delia Boccardo ... Sandra
Raymond Pellegrin ... Pascal
Gianni Santuccio Gianni Santuccio ... Questore
Vittorio Caprioli ... Esposito
Salvo Randone ... Malacarne
Rosario Borelli Rosario Borelli ... Garrito
Monica Monet Monica Monet ... Barbara
Gino Milli Gino Milli ... Gianmaria
Elio Zamuto Elio Zamuto ... Rio
Loris Bazzocchi Loris Bazzocchi ... Killer
Marcello Di Falco Marcello Di Falco ... Killer
Massimo Sarchielli ... Raba
Marisa Traversi ... Nevio
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A police lieutenant suddenly faces the consequences of his choice to part for the local mobs.

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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The two iconic car chase scenes in the film reportedly took up half the film's budget. See more »

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A pretty good Poliziotteschi.
8 September 2017 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

I'm not the biggest fan of the Poliziotteschi genre, frequently finding the 'cops versus bad guys' formula rather dull, but Shoot First, Die Later is actually very entertaining, its 'dirty' cop protagonist being far more interesting than a traditional 'good guy'.

As played by Luc Merenda, Lieutenant Domenico Malacarne is a celebrated Milanese cop who is actually on the take from the mafia. But when the gangsters begin to ask a little more of him than he is willing to give, things take a turn for the worse, with those closest to Malacarne paying the price for the cop's shady shenanigans.

Director Fernando Di Leo expertly balances the drama with action, delivering a movie that is both gripping and exciting. Malacarne's relationship with his father—who is devastated when he learns of his son's misconduct—provides the emotional heart of the movie, while two well executed car chases and some shootouts get the adrenaline pumping. The film also features plenty of brutal violence, including two shocking murders and the senseless killing of a cat!

A suitably nihilistic finale rounds off the movie in style. 7/10 – Highly recommended for fans of the genre, and still well worth a watch for those who aren't.


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

22 March 1974 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Milano, Italy

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Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Telecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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