La Mala Ordina

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  • "La Mala Ordina" by Entropia (cover version)
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Also Known As

  • Ajojahti (Finland)
  • Black Kingpin (USA) (video title)
  • L'Empire du crime (France)
  • Hired to Kill (International) (English title)
  • Hit Men (USA) (video title)
  • Hitmen (USA) (video title)
  • Maffian ger order (Sweden)
  • Der Mafia Boß: Sie töten wie Schakale (Germany)
  • Der Mafiaboss - Der Eisenfresser (Germany)
  • Man Hunt (USA) (video title)
  • Manhunt (USA) (video title)
  • Manhunt in Milan (UK)
  • Manhunt in the City (International) (English title)
  • Nuestro hombre en Milán (Spain)
  • The Italian Connection
  • Der Tod des Paten (Germany)

Main Details

  • Released in 1972
  • Color
  • Running Time: 93 Minutes
  • Production Co: Cineproduzioni Daunia 70 | Dear Film Produzione | Hermes Synchron
  • Distribution Co: American International Pictures (AIP) (1973) (USA) (theatrical) (dubbed) | Astral Films (1973) (Canada) (theatrical) (as "The Italian Connection") (dubbed)

Cast and Crew

  • Directed by Fernando DiLeo
  • Written by Fernando Di Leo, Augusto Finocchi, Ingo Hermes
  • Starring Mario Adorf, Henry Silva, Woody Strode, Adolfo Celi, Luciana Paluzzi
  • Produced by Armando Novelli
  • Original Music by Armando Trovajoli
  • Cinematography by Franco Villa
  • Film Editing by Amedeo Giomini

Film Review

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Two NYC mob hitmen, Dave Catania (Henry Silva) and Frank Webster (Woody Strode) are hired to goto Milan and execute a small time pimp named Luca Canali (Mario Adorf) for stealing a heroin shipment. Once the two hitmen arrive in Milan, they begin asking around for Luca. They visit some hot nightclubs and flirt with the sexy Italian women. In one scene, Dave's wallet is grabbed by a chick and when she doesn't give it back to him he belts her. This doesn't sit too well with the local guys, and a fight breaks out.

Meanwhile, Luca is unaware of this impending danger and we see him in his everyday average life visiting with his wife and daughter, cheating with his mistress and doing business. Silva & Strode are an interesting team up. While Silva's character is jubilant and fun loving, Strode hardly talks, he just stares or squints at everything going on (could be because he didn't understand Italian). The film plays like one big game of cat and mouse. The Milano mob headed by Don Vito (Adolfo Celi) are out for Luca as well before he can talk (since they are the ones who hijacked the heroin shipment to New York). When they attack Luca, he is confused and has no idea why they are picking on him. Mario Adorf is as usual, excellent in his performance. He's the big lovable bull in a china shop who is always being kicked by everyone around him.

The movie drags a bit in certain spots, but when the action begins, its the most wildest, brutal kind you'll ever see. Its also very funny, as you'd expect from a DiLeo crime film. DiLeo was a master of mixing humor and over the top violence in his movies. Thats just one of the reasons I'm such a big fan of his work. Look for an out of control car/foot chase with one of Don Vito's hitmen who does something that is extremely bad to poor Luca. This film is highly reccomended to poliziotteschi fans and specifically Fernando Di Leo fans. NOTE: Writer-Director Quentin Tarantino was heavily influenced by DiLeo's style, especially for his smash hit Pulp Fiction which also featured a white and black hitman team. This film is the second chapter in the Milano trilogy which also includes Milano Calibro 9 and Il Boss. --PopeyePete 12:42, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

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