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This a great italian crime film, hard to find many in english
A masterpiece with an astonishing soundtrack!
Italialaiset ovat lähes aina osanneet leffan visuaalisen ja musiikin tyylittelyn. Juoni on käytännössä aina ollut toissijainen. Lisäksi, välillä tuntuu, että henkilöohjaukseen ei panosteta riittävästi. Kohtausten dialogit ovat usein naiveja ja hahmot jotenkin ylinäyteltyjä. Liekö tarkotuksellista vaiko tahatonta. Vai johtuisiko tämä tuntemus sittenkin leffojen surkeasta dubbauksesta.
Gastone Moschin ("The Godfather, Part II") gets out of jail and is immediately confronted by a violent former associate (Mario Adorf) who accuses of him of having stolen and hidden money that belongs to violent mob boss the Americano (Lionel Stander). A violent and suspenseful crime thriller that has Moschin weaving a path between his former associates and a police commissioner (Frank Wolff), all of whom believe he's hiding the money. A great example of just how good these Italian crime films can be.
The first of Di Leo's so called 'Milan Trilogy'. Mario Adorf is the balls as Rocco but it is Philippe Leroy who is the Daddy as Chino. One hard cunt. A serious twitch off Barbara Bouchet and a decent soundtrack from Bacalov.
Il film ha dei chiaroscuri, da una parte abbiamo un finale molto interessante, pieno di colpi di scena e dall'altra pero' abbiamo 1h di film dove non e' che accada molto, anche se le scene d'azione non mancano. C'e' anche una parte piu' politica, dove il regista espone la contrapposizione tra i poteri forti (chi detiene i soldi) e i poveracci che sono quasi costretti a rubare, dove si espone la tesi che i veri malfattori sono coloro che portano i soldi all'estero e non chi per fame e' costretto a migrare e magari anche a rubare. Non entro nel merito delle parole, contesto solo il fatto che tutto si riduca a lunghi "spiegoni" con dialoghi fin troppo chiari e che questa visione del regista non e' calata in modo organico all'interno del film.
Fantastic Italian crime caper.
Nothing spectacular but a decent 'B' gangster movie. The end of the movie can be guessed at but still may offer some surprise.
This was my first exposure to Fernando Di Leo's catalog, and I really dug it quite a bit for a film filled with actors that I had never heard of before, none of whom are all that 'matinee idol' looking, which is a nice change of pace for a film to not look like it's completely made in the Hollywood cookie cutter system.
Italy in the '70s made some really enjoyable films of this sort and I'd say that this one is a great jumping on point for other novices like myself.
Milano Calibro 9 possesses an amazing soundtrack, a really tight and solid story, amazing dialoge, and an amazing dynamic between Ugo Piazza (Gastone Moschin) and Rocco Musco (Mario Adorf.) Added to the mix is Nelly Bordon (Barbara Bouchet) as Ugo's go-go dancing girlfriend and confidant and Chino (Philippe Leroy) as Ugo's only friend and mafia hitman.
The movie is very spartan and rushes you along into the underworld of the Italian mob. Fernando di Leo doesn't waste time romanticizing about the mafia like Coppola does and instead presents you with a far better image of the mob, a gang of ruthless killers that will do anything for money. They claim to follow the rules of the mafia and respect each other but those rules are dropped whenever it is convenient and profitable.
Ugo Piazza has just gotten out of prison after serving a 3 year sentence and his former employers seem to think he has stole $300,000 from his boss, the Americano. Ugo is firm and unchanging in his story that he did not steal any money from his employers. The movie revolves around the $300,000 and everyone's quest to find that $300,000.
This is an excellent example of film noir as there are no good guys, just people with a varying degrees of morality. I strongly recommend this film.