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…
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Second entry in Di Leo's 'Milieu trilogy' doesn't quite live up to the pedigree set by 'Caliber 9'. Mario Adorf is excellent as Canali and the film does have that usual seventies mix of violence, terrible fashions and extreme misogyny. Silva and Strode pretty much wasted as the visiting Americans.
Di Leo si conferma un fuoriclasse del poliziesco e del noir italiano e, pur scendendo di livello,sforna un altro gioiello dopo "Milano Calibro 9".La trama è più semplice ma le scene di impatto(le uccisioni,gli inseguimenti,i due killer di futuro "tarantiniano"),sono ancora più immediate e coinvolgenti.Sceneggiatura poco articolati,ma colonna,interpreti,regia e ritmo sono di alto livello:Di Leo era davvero forte.
Enjoyable crime thriller, but not quite as slick as Caliber 9. Silva and Strode are somewhat wasted here, except at the climax. They both do have presence, just not quite enough of it. Mario Adorf is great, as usual.
The story per se is serviceable enough but the action scenes really make this movie worthwile. They're nail-biting suspenseful, unrelentingly brutal and fabulously directed. It helps that most of the performances are really good. Mario Adorf rises above the rest though. In one breathtaking chase scene past the halfway mark, he transforms before our eyes into primal rage incarnate. Transcendent stuff!
Terrific gangster movie with great action sequences, vivid characters, Mario Adorf providing another superb, high-energy tour de force, and Henry Silva as a dead-eye hit man. Just loads of fun to watch.