La mala ordina

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La mala ordina
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Directed by Fernando Di Leo
Produced by Armando Novelli
Written by Fernando Di Leo, Augusto Finocchi and Ingo Hermes
Starring Mario Adorf
Henry Silva
Woody Strode
Adolfo Celi
Music by Armando Trovajoli
Cinematography Franco Villa
Release dates
September 1, 1972
Running time
95 min.
Country Italy
Language Italian

La mala ordina or Manhunt is a poliziottesco film written and directed by the Italian crime film specialist Fernando Di Leo in 1972. It is the second part of Di Leo's Milieu Trilogy, starting with Milano calibro 9 in 1972 and ending with Il Boss (The Boss) in 1973. It had been released under a number of titles including The Italian Connection, Manhunt in Milan, Hired to Kill and Black Kingpin.


Small-time pimp Luca Canali (Mario Adorf) is hunted by both local mobsters and two killers (Henry Silva and Woody Strode) sent by the New York mafia after a shipment of heroin fails to arrive. But it becomes apparent he is not as soft as he appears as a deadly cat-and-mouse game is played out on the streets of Milan. The film contains a dramatic chase scene where Canali pursues an assassin both on car and on foot.

The two American hitmen have contrasting personalities. Dave (Silva) is something of a playboy and loudmouth, while Frank (Strode) is quiet and professional. The concept of two hitmen teamed up, one black and one white, appears to have been a likely inspiration for the characters played by John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction.[1]



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