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I have never connected with Fernando Di Leo until now. I had never seen a single one of his films and I don't know how. Being a fan of Italian genre cinema, i was nevertheless not quite into Poliziotteschi for some reason. Then i got introduced to Death Occurred Last Night (1970) which i loved! I became interested in exploring some more and after doing a bit of research, found out about Raro Video's very decent blu-ray releases and bought the 2 Fernando Di Leo sets. I was not disappointed. Every single one of those films was marvelous. In total, there were 7 movies: Naked Violence (1969), Italian Connection, The (1972), Caliber 9 (1972), Boss, The (1973), Shoot First, Die Later (1974), Kidnap Syndicate (1975) and Rulers Of The City (1976).

Italian Connection may not be the best of the bunch, but i think it's the most fun. The story is simple and outrageous. When a shipment of drugs goes missing between Milan and New York, the mafia ain't happy. But the boss in Milan frames a second-rate pimp who then becomes the target of 2 hitmen sent to take care of things. This movie creates solid characters out of thin air, and you find yourself rooting for the Pimp who is not about to go down without a fight... And what a fight. Shootouts, car chases, fights, the film ends with a satisfying bang that will leave a smile on your face. Fantastic writing details, fantastic cast, and a very well made film all around.

- Laurent Hasson