|Directed by||Fernando Di Leo|
|Produced by||Armando Novelli|
|Screenplay by||Fernando Di Leo|
|Based on||Milano calibro 9|
by Giorgio Scerbanenco
|Music by||Luis Enríquez Bacalov|
|Edited by||Amedeo Giomini|
Cineproduzioni Daunia '70
|Distributed by||Lia Film|
|Box office||₤754 million|
Caliber 9 (Italian: Milano calibro 9) is a 1972 poliziottesco film written and directed by Fernando Di Leo and starring Gastone Moschin, Mario Adorf and Barbara Bouchet. The film is based on a book of the same name written by Giorgio Scerbanenco.
Small-time gangster Ugo Piazza (Gastone Moschin) is released from prison. He tries to convince the police, the mafia, his psychotic ex-friend Rocco (Mario Adorf) and his girlfriend Nelly Bordon (Barbara Bouchet) that he wants to go straight, but everyone believes he has $300,000 of stolen money hidden somewhere.
- Gastone Moschin as Ugo Piazza
- Barbara Bouchet as Nelly Bordon
- Mario Adorf as Rocco Musco
- Frank Wolff as Police Commissioner
- Luigi Pistilli as Inspector Mercuri (Fonzino in the English dub)
- Ivo Garrani as Don Vincenzo
- Philippe Leroy as Chino
- Lionel Stander as The "American" (The Mikado in the English dub)
- Salvatore Aricò as Luca
- Ernesto Colli as Alfredo Bertolon
From contemporary reviews, a 98-minute English-dub titled The Contract was reviewed by John Raisbeck of the Monthly Film Bulletin. Raisbeck stated that "after a briskly edited pre-credits sequence, [...] The Contract degenerates into a patchy gangster thriller". The review noted that the film "announces a number of themes-the crime syndicate's big business connections, the Melvillian respect shared by the two professionals Ugo and Chino-without developing any of them satisfactorily."
The review critiqued Mario Adorf's acting stating it "often verges on caricature".
In popular culture
The film was referenced in Kobe Bryant's Nike Italia advertisement campaign short entitled "Milano Kalibro Kobe", and featured Italy international footballers Giampaolo Pazzini, Gennaro Gattuso, Alberto Aquilani, Claudio Marchisio and Marco Materazzi, Dutch international footballer Wesley Sneijder and Italian NBA star Marco Belinelli in parodies of the original characters.
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- "Milano Kalibro Kobe". kobebryant.com. 29 February 2012.
- "Milano calibro Kobe. Bryant sbarca in tour in Italia". sport.sky.it. 23 September 2011.