Underworld Attacks ... The Police Respond, The / La malavita attacca... la polizia risponde! (1978)

3.0 out of 5

This Eurocrime from prolific genre director Mario Caiano is not at all bad.

It stars Leonard Mann as a tough commissioner who acts outside the rules and goes mano a mano with Chris Avram who is a mafia boss and professor who cloaks his identy behind the name of The Prince. All this is pretty far from original and we have seen Maurizio Merli in a similar role many times.

In a side plot John Steiner is a street criminal who seems intent on challenging the mob bosses only to result in the purchase of some agricultural real estate before the final reel.

Maria Rosaria Omaggio, the Nightmare City co star, provides Mann with a wheelchair bound piano playing love interest suggesting the film is going to cynically play for some tearjerking. Thankfully the temptation is resisted and we do not have to witness Mann in another Napoli spara! style slice of meaningful melancholy.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics