Police Serve the Citizens?, The / La polizia è al servizio del cittadino? (1973)

3.5 out of 5

While The Police Serve the Citizens? is not the best known title in the history of poliziotteschi film, the fact that it is so easily overlooked is not so easily explained. Okay, maybe it is not the most original work in the genre but it is still one of the most gritty, dry and hardboiled of the lot.

As expected there are the obligatory chases involving the familiar green Alfa Romeo Giuliettas and a range of moustache wearing, square-jawed villains. Also the fascistic tough cop with the prepared-to-bend-the-rules meme is represented here by the ever wonderful Enrico Maria Salerno.

Even though The Police Serve the Citizens? would always be overshadowed by crowd-pleasers such as Street Law or Almost Human it is still pure porn to Eurocrime fanatics. The film makes great use of Genova locations, has a minor role for talented Malizia child star Alessandro Momo as the communist son of the commissioner and features a genre-perfect score from Luis Enríquez Bacalov. Romolo Guerrieri, the man behind the Fernando Di Leo penned Young, Violent, Dangerous is in the director chair while serial villain John Steiner plays, as expected, to type.

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