Great Kidnapping, The / La polizia sta a guardare (1973)

4.5 out of 5

There is a certain urgency to a fine soundtrack from Stelvio Cipriani,with it's echoes of that echoes that of Rabid Dogs, accompanying a brilliant kidnap themed crime thriller with strong political undertones. The ever great Enrico Maria Salerno, an uncompromising police commissioner, is forced to see things from an alternative perspective as his son becomes the latest victim of a spate of politically motivated kidnappings. Jean Sorel appears, but, along with Lee J. Cobb, has little to do here.

Genre fans will no doubt recognise plenty of familiar themes, here wonderfully realised, including the obligatory tyre shredding, wheel screeching car chase, as death defying stunt drivers take a high octane spin through the streets of Milan in the familiar green of the Alpha Romeo Giulia

A perfect double-bill companion for Bava's Rabid Dogs, it is a real pity that La polizia sta a guardare, a film that leaves, for example, Fernando Di Leo's Kidnap Syndicate in the shade, has yet to achieve the recognition of the more familiar works of Lenzi, Castellari and the other Eurocrime masters.

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