Flatfoot (film)

Flatfoot (Italian: Piedone lo sbirro) is a 1973 poliziottesco-comedy film directed by Steno.[3] The film obtained a great commercial success, generated three sequels and a parody (Piedino il questurino, starring Franco Franchi).[4] The title song is performed by Santo & Johnny.

Directed bySteno
Produced bySergio Bonotti[1]
Screenplay byLucio de Caro[2]
Story by
Music byGuido and Maurizio De Angelis[2]
CinematographySilvano Ippoliti[2]
Edited byDaniel Alabiso[2]
  • Mondial Te.Fi
  • C.A.P.A.C.[1]
Distributed byTitanus
Release date
  • 25 October 1973 (1973-10-25) (Italy)
  • 23 July 1975 (1975-07-23) (Paris)
Running time
110 minutes[1]
  • Italy
  • France[1]
Box office₤2.972 billion

Plot summary

In Naples the Inspector Rizzo, nicknamed "Flatfoot", defeats a gang of drug traffickers. The criminals, from Marseille, were peddling drugs using frozen fish, but Flatfoot has managed to arrest them, with the help of a boss of the Neapolitan underworld, called Manomozza. After the arrest however, Flatfoot discovers that Manomozza did the double game and now intends to forge an alliance with the traffickers "Marseilles". Flatfoot, thanks to the tip from a friend, finds the place and time of the meeting between drug dealers, subdues them and sends everyone to jail.



Steno stated that "For better or worse, Flatfoot was a crime flick, and I think that hadn't I directed Execution Squad, producers wouldn't have allowed me to do it."[1]

Flatfoot was shot at Elios Film and Incir - De Paolis in Rome and on location in Naples.[1]


Flatfoot was released theatrically in Italy on 25 October 1973 where it was distributed by Titanus.[1] The film grossed a total of 2.972 billion Italian lira on its release making Flatfoot the first and most commercially successful attempt at mixing the crime genre with comedy.[1]


  1. Curti 2013, p. 82.
  2. Curti 2013, p. 81.
  3. Andrea Pergolari. Verso la commedia. Firenze libri, 2002. pp. 83–85.
  4. Roberto Curti. Italia odia: il cinema poliziesco italiano. Lindau, 2006. pp. 176–177.


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

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