The Cynic, the Rat & the Fist The Cynic, the Rat & the Fist

This is probably the best example of a 70's Italian crime movie, though not the "best" movie of the genre (does that make sense?). It has, besides Saxon, an entirely Italian cast but most of them are pretty recognizable regulars in very amusing roles. Maurizio Merli is best as the role he was born to play, that of yet another ticked off Police commissioner. His very charismatic, yet level-headed performance is the one thing that keeps this movie moving along so well, and it is notable that of Lenzi's crime movies, this is probably the one that entrusts Merli with the most screentime.

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The Great Big Ultimate Letterboxd 1970s Crime Film List

Steve G

Steve G 375 films 175 73 Edit

Now I know this might seem like a shameless way to get other people to find loads of 1970s crime…

  • Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
  • Rome, the other face of violence
  • Caliber 9
  • The Case Is Closed, Forget It
  • The Italian Connection
  • Caliber 9
  • Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key
  • All the Colors of the Dark
  • Four Flies on Grey Velvet
  • The Laughing Woman