Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

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Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970, Italy) is a Italian Crime film directed by Elio Petri.

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

Main Details

  • Released in 1970
  • Color
  • Running Time: 112 Min
  • Distributed by Vera Films S.p.a./Columbia Pictures
  • Directed by Elio Petri
  • Written by Elio Petri, Ugo Pirro
  • Starring Gian Maria Volontè, Florinda Bolkan, Gianni Santuccio, Orazio Orlando
  • Music by Ennio Morricone
  • Cinematography by Luigi Kuveiller
  • Edited by Ruggero Mastroianni

Also known as

  • Ermittlungen gegen einen über jeden Verdacht erhabenen Bürger (Germany)
  • Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto (original title)


A highly regarded Italian police inspector (Gian Maria Volonte) murders his mistress, only to become part of the homicide investigation that follows. The inspector proceeds to plant clues at the crime scene as his fellow officers either ignore or fail to recognize his obvious tampering. But all is not as it seems. While the killer may have an inside track on fabricating his own innocence, he also seems to be testing the competence and integrity of Italian law enforcement.

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