The Cynic, the Rat and the Fist

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The Cynic, the Rat and the Fist
The Cynic, the Rat and the Fist.jpg
Italian film poster
Directed by Umberto Lenzi
Produced by Luciano Martino
Screenplay by Ernesto Gastaldi
Dardano Sacchetti
Umberto Lenzi
Story by Sauro Scavolini
Starring Maurizio Merli
John Saxon
Renzo Palmer
Gabriella Lepori
Robert Hundar
Bruno Corazzari
Marco Guglielmi
Gabriella Giorgelli
Gianni Musy
Tomas Milian
Music by Franco Micalizzi
Cinematography Federico Zanni
Edited by Eugenio Alabiso
Dania Film
Medusa Distribuzione
Distributed by Medusa Distribuzione
Release date
February 3, 1977
Running time
100 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

The Cynic, the Rat and the Fist (Italian: Il cinico, l'infame, il violento, lit. "The Cynic, the Infamous, the Violent") is an Italian poliziotteschi crime action thriller directed in 1977 by Umberto Lenzi. The movie is the sequel to Lenzi's 1976 The Tough Ones, with Maurizio Merli reprising the role of Commissioner Leonardo Tanzi.[1]

The title of the movie inspired the book Cinici infami e violenti (2005), written by Daniele Magni and Silvio Giobbio, a book guide about "Poliziotteschi".[2]


Luigi Maietto aka "Chinaman" escapes from prison. As soon as he is free he assigns immediately two henchman to murder the inspector whose testimonal once led to his prison sentence. Inspector Tanzi is left for dead but survives. The local newspapers cover up for him and pretend the assassination had succeeded. When Tanzi gets better, his superior wants him to hide in Switzerland. But Tanzi defies him because he intends to make sure himself that Maietto is put back in prison. He goes for it.



  1. ^ Peter E. Bondanella. A history of Italian cinema. Continuum International Publishing Group, 2009. p. 466. ISBN 1-4411-6069-8. 
  2. ^ "ANCORA... PIù CINICI, INFAMI E VIOLENTI". Nocturno. 17 November 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 

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