Gang War In Naples / Camorra (1972)

4.0 out of 5

When Tonino Russo (Fabio Testi) leaves prison and gets involved in a knife fight he impresses a local Mafia boss Mario Capece played by Raymond Pellegrin who takes him under his wing and treats him as he would his own son. Entering the world of post jail employment as a driver for a mob owned abattoir Russo begins ascent through the ranks of the underworld until he is eventually forced to confront his mentor.

In Camorra director Pasquale Squitieri, who brought the world the exceptional Iron Prefect, delivers an incredibly engaging and often violent gangster film that takes us into the world of political corruption, loan sharking, gambling, smuggling and unions to present the viewer with a Naples where the Camorra control everything from distribution to construction.

Delightfully executed, Gang War In Naples possesses a quality of cinematography that marks the film out from many movies of this type and the performances of the two criminal protagonists Pellegrin and Testi are top notch.

Genre favourite Paul Muller puts in an appearance as a corrupt politician with a penchant for gambling.

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