Manhunt in the City / L'uomo della Strada Fa Giustizia (1975)

3.0 out of 5

This well-written poliziottescho from 1974 balances political content alongside director Umberto Lenzi's high caliber action and violence, including a fascist group torturing some buck-naked terrorists and one transvestite humiliation. The movie also allows Henry Silva a sympathetic lead role and plenty of Henry Silva extreme close-ups.

After Silva's daughter is killed during a hold-up, his quest for justice is practically hesitant until he sees the futility of the police force and suffers some terrible beatings himself at the hands of sweaty Milano thugs.

A good jazz score by Bruno Nicolai and well acted, with a cameo from Nello Pazzafini.

Most original about the flick is not just the effective plot twist at the end, but the attention the movie pays to the various proponents of "law and order", journalists, lawyers, cops, transvestite snitches even Silva's vigilante, as they are mostly failures and unable to survive Milan's puddle of discharge without either committing crimes themselves, or getting squashed.

Even the leading magistrate in the city, who supports right wing crime-fighting gangs, turns out to be a pedophile.

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