Angel of Evil

Angel of Evil (Italian: Vallanzasca – Gli angeli del male, also known as Vallanzasca - Angels of Evil) is a 2010 Italian crime film directed by Michele Placido. It is based on the biography Il fiore del male. Bandito a Milano (The flower of evil. Bandit in Milan) of bank robber Renato Vallanzasca, by Italian journalist Carlo Bonini.

Angel of Evil
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Directed byMichele Placido
Produced byElide Melli
Written byCarlo Bonini
StarringKim Rossi Stuart
Michele Placido
Filippo Timi
Paz Vega
Music byDavide Cavuti
CinematographyArnaldo Catinari
Distributed by21st Century Fox
Release date
  • 17 December 2010 (2010-12-17)
Running time
125 minutes
CountryItaly, France, Romania


Locked up in prison serving a life sentence for his crimes, an old Renato Vallanzasca (Kim Rossi Stuart) proceeds in the memories of a youth spent as head of a crime syndicate known as the chronicle Banda della Comasina, which raged in the 1970s in Milan between robberies, kidnappings, murders and evasions.



In 2008, 20th Century Fox showed a project of Renato Vallanzasca's movie to Michele Placido, proposing him to direct it. The director, initially uninterested, accepted the job only after being approached by Kim Rossi Stuart, who wanted to play the role of the protagonist. Placido spoke for the first time about it in a January 2009 interview, in which he announced his plans for the future, directing Vallanzasca and two other films.[1]



20th Century Fox has taken care of Italian cinema distribution. Before being confirmed as the distribution company, the producers had thought of Medusa Film and Rai Cinema, but neither were interested in film studies and rejected the script. On 12 July 2010, Michele Placido said in a press release about the film that both houses had refused the rights acquisition because of the "hypocritical respectability" in Italy. Vallanzasca was originally planned to be theatrically released in Italy in October 2010, but 20th Century Fox delayed it a few months after, to 17 December.


The film was released in the United States in 2011 with the title Angel of Evil.[2]


On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 48% rating,[3] on Internet Movie Database, the film received an average user rating of 6.8/10[4]


  1. Gazzetta di Parma
  2. Andy Webster (16 June 2011). "Angel of Evil (2010). Sleazy Charm, Bloody Ends". New York Times. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  3. "Angel of Evil (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  4. "Angel of Evil". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
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