Free Hand for a Tough Cop

Free Hand for a Tough Cop (Italian: Il trucido e lo sbirro / The Numbskull and the Cop), also known as Tough Cop, is an Italian poliziottesco-action film directed in 1976 by Umberto Lenzi. In this movie Tomas Milian plays for the first time Sergio Marazzi a.k.a. "Er Monnezza", a role that he later played several more times, in Lenzi's Brothers Till We Die (1978, a sort of sequel of this movie), in Destruction Force by Stelvio Massi (1977) and, with slight differences, in Uno contro l'altro, praticamente amici by Bruno Corbucci (1980) and in Francesco Massaro's Il lupo e l'agnello (1980).[1][2]

Free Hand for a Tough Cop
Directed byUmberto Lenzi
Produced byClaudio Mancini
Ugo Tucci
Written byUmberto Lenzi
Dardano Sacchetti
Elisa Briganti
StarringTomas Milian
Claudio Cassinelli
Henry Silva
Music byBruno Canfora
CinematographyLuigi Kuveiller
Edited byEugenio Alabiso
Release date
  • 1976 (1976)
Running time
90 minutes
Box office₤509,747 million


Camilla is a little girl suffering with a kidney disorder. Before she can receive her next due treatment she gets kidnapped. The gangsters intend to blackmail her rich father. Commissario Antonio Sarti knows that time is running out on the victim and takes desperate measures. He secretly organises a prison escape for petty crook Sergio Marazzi. By using Marazzi's insider knowledge of the criminal milieu Sarti detects kidnapper's hideout.


See also


  1. "Il trucido e lo sbirro" (in Italian). B-Movie Zone. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
  2. Alberto Pallotta. Quel fenomeno der Monnezza. Un Mondo A Parte, 2005. pp. 11–13.

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