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Produced, written and directed by Fernando Di Leo, LA MALA ORDINA is variously known as MANHUNT, BLACK KINGPIN, HIRED TO KILL, HITMEN, MANHUNT IN THE CITY, THE ITALIAN CONNECTION and MANHUNT IN MILAN. Its toothy, beefy, Swiss-born star, dark-haired Mario Adorf, is a legend in European cinema, also a vocalist and author of several best-selling books. Besides a number of prominent Continental directors, Mario has worked with Billy Wilder, John Frankenheimer and Robert Siodmak. Also noteworthy is the performance of Franco Fabrizi, as Adorf's colorful scarf-wearing ally.
In this gangster film twist on Franz Kafka's "The Trial," Adorf is a small-time pimp who has no idea why the Syndicate has targeted him for death (it's a frame). Despite a thick body, the actor is limber and very convincing in hand-to-hand fighting, even against multiple opponents, and amusing when he head-butts telephones or other inanimate objects. At other times he's quite charming and like any star does, Mario simply holds one's attention no matter what's happening on-screen.
MANHUNT's action sequences are well-choreographed. The picture only drags in the naked disco dancer scenes (what awful music here!). Woody Strode (who's lookin' kinda old, alas) and Henry Silva appear in spots throughout but have the final reel all to themselves, along with our hero. Their auto graveyard showdown is most original.
Not expecting much right after a viewing of Di Leo's mediocre MISTER SCARFACE (Italy/W Germany-1976), I came away from this earlier Euro-crime drama quite satisfied. Highly recommended!
Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 imdb viewer poll rating.
(7.2) Manhunt ("La mala ordina") (Italy/W. Germany-1972) - Mario Adorf/Henry Silva/Woody Strode/Adolfo Celi/Franco Fabrizi/Cyril Cusack