Milano Odia: La Polizia Non Può Sparare (1974)

Milano Odia: La Polizia Non Può Sparare (1974, ITA) C-99m. SCOPE ** D: Umberto Lenzi. Starring Tomas Milian, Laura Belli, Henry Silva, Gino Santercole, Anita Strindberg, Guido Alberti, Ray Lovelock. Gritty, violent, fast-paced crime thriller about sadistic, ruthless crook Milian, who conspires to kidnap the daughter of a wealthy businessman and coldbloodedly kills everyone in the way. Frustrated cop Silva makes this case his personal crusade against the Milanese crime scene. Milian is perfect as the villain (one of the most sadistic in film history), Lenzi's direction is fluid and his social commentary not that unrealistic or out of place (as some critics believed). Unsettling score by Ennio Morricone. One of the best Italian crime films (poliziesco) of the period. Do not view if easily offended, though. A cult film for those who don't object to film's morale. Not that dissimilar to Mario Bava's CANI ARRABIATI, which the maestro made that same year. Released in the U.S. in 1980 as ALMOST HUMAN and THE KIDNAP OF MARY LOU.


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