Un Poliziotto scomodo (Convoy Busters, Australia) (1978)

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In Rome, a vagrant finds the body of a teen girl, her throat professional slashed. Police inspector Olmi uses his brutal and violent methods to follow a trail that leads him toward high government officials. When his methods leave an innocent bystander dead, the corrupt officials have an excuse to get Olmi transferred to a coastal town where the pace is slow and he has time for a romantic dalliance. Soon, Olmi discovers that fishing isn't the only local occupation, and out comes his gun and his ruthless tactics of investigation.
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Art House & International , Drama
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Fans of Italian cinema know that any film with Maurizio Merli can't be all that bad. This man has a charisma and screen presence to him that can't be rivaled. You can't help but go along with anything this man does on screen. Still even with Maurizio Merli as the main star doesn't make Convoy Busters a great Euro Crime film. Compared to his other Euro Crime gems like Violent Naples, Rome Armed to the Teeth and The Cynic the Rat and the Fist, Convoy Busters comes out being one of his weakest (and last) outings in the genre. Merili plays his typical Dirty Harry type come who has extreme methods when it comes to upholding the law. When he connects a high political figure's son to a killing he then gets reassigned to a different precinct. While being head honcho at the new station he stumbles upon illegal smuggling of weapons. He also finds time for love with the beautiful actress Olga Karlatos (best known for the eye-ball scene in "Zombie"). Director Stelvio Massi keeps the film moving at a brisk pace with some great action and a few bitch-slapping scenes (for which Merli is famous for) but the film is oddly structured. There's a lot of twists and turns that don't finish the plot of the previous section. The film is like two different movies with Merli not tying up events from the first half. This is a shame as most viewers will feel somewhat cheated by the end. Overall Merli still makes this movie extremely watchable. Merli oozes machoism and toughness from start to finish making this film a must for fans of Euro Crime films as well as American fodder like Dirty Harry.

Eric Reifschneider
Eric Reifschneider

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