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188 Ratings

The Italian Connection

La mala ordina (Manhunt in Milan)

Directed by Fernando Di Leo
West Germany, Italy, 1972
Crime, Action, Thriller
  • Italian
  • English


When a shipment of heroin disappears between Italy and New York, a small-time pimp in Milan is framed for the theft. Two professional hitmen are dispatched from New York to find him. But soon the hunted becomes the hunter…

Our take

Fernando Di Leo’s Caliber 9 was a wild ride, but it was just part one! The director returned to his acclaimed “Milieu Trilogy” for this centerpiece, bringing his taste for lurid action, sharp turns, and total mayhem to a super-cool, weirdly comical revenge thriller.

The Italian Connection Directed by Fernando Di Leo

Critics reviews

The drizzly Italian winter scenery [of Caliber 9] imbues it with a compelling chilliness, a sub-flavor of Jean-Pierre Melville, especially in the relationship between the protagonist and an old buddy of his who lives by a code. The Italian Connection, which is also set in Milan, is a different animal, more diffuse and in some ways less formally accomplished, but more dramatically ambitious.
May 19, 2018
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