Napoli violenta

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Violent Naples
Directed by Umberto Lenzi
Produced by Fabrizio De Angelis[1]
Screenplay by Vincenzo Mannino[1]
Story by Vincenzo Mannino[1]
Music by Franco Micalizzi[1]
Edited by Vincenzo Tomassi[1]
Pan-European Production Pictures[2]
Release date
  • August 7, 1976 (1976-08-07) (Italy)
Running time
95 minutes
Country Italy

Napoli violenta (English title: Violent Naples), also known as Death Dealers or Violent Protection, is a 1976 poliziottesco film directed by Umberto Lenzi. It starred Maurizio Merli, John Saxon and Barry Sullivan.


Inspector Betti (Maurizio Merli) is transferred to Naples and immediately after his arrival receives a warm welcome from The Commandante (Barry Sullivan), the city's crime lord. Betti then goes on a personal mission against corruption and organized crime, and tries to force the syndicate out of town with any means necessary.



Napoli violenta was released in Italy on August 7, 1976.[1]


The Monthly Film Bulletin described the film as a "nasty, brutish and over-long escapade" that was plagirizing Dirty Harry.[2] The review found thef ilm tobe "lacklustre in style, without a trace of tension to its slam-bang action."[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g Curti 2013, p. 200.
  2. ^ a b c Markham, Peter (1977). "Napoli Violenta (Death Dealers)". Monthly Film Bulletin. Vol. 44 no. 516. British Film Institute. p. 47. 


  • Curti, Roberto (2013). Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980. McFarland. ISBN 0786469765. 

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