Milan Calibre 9 ****

A kick-ass slice of thick-ear gangster coolness, Fernando Di Leo’s 1972 film is a cleverly plotted crime-flick that turns clichés on their ear, right up to an amazing double-twist ending. The Godfather’s Gastone Moschin is Ugo, a big man in a small car, who gets out of jail with both the cops and his criminal counterparts keen to get their hands on the stolen money that put him in the clink in the first place. Ugo hooks up with Nelly (Barbara Bouchet) for a bit of respite, but the attentions of the Commissioner (Frank Wolff) and crime-boss Rocco (Mario Adorf) leave Ugo with little room for manoeuvre. Using street-actors and real Milan locations, Di Leo offers up an urgent slice of police melodramas, with nail-bombs, torture and punch-ups in spades, with Adorf’s crazy behaviour nicely matched by Moscin’s taciturn performance; if any film could revive Jason Stratham’s career, a remake of this would fit the bill nicely.


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