Gang War in Milan

Gang War in Milan (Italian: Milano rovente, lit. 'Scorching Hot Milan') is a 1973 Italian poliziottesco film directed by Umberto Lenzi.[3][4]

Gang War in Milan
Directed byUmberto Lenzi
Screenplay by
Music byCarlo Rustichelli[2]
CinematographyLamberto Caimi[1]
Edited byIolanda Benvenuti[1]
Lombard Film[2]
Distributed byVariety Film
Release date
  • 23 February 1973 (1973-02-23) (Italy)
Running time
101 minutes[2]
Box office₤631.702 million



Gang War in Milan was Umberto Lenzi's first entry in the crime genre after making several spy and action films in the 1960s.[2] Lenzi stated in an interview that both the film's story and script were by Franco Enna, a giallo novelist who lived in Switzerland and that the credited writer Ombretta Lanza was a daughter of one of the producers who attributed to the story.[2] Lenzi than later claimed that he completely re-wrote the script as it was closer to a 1930s crime film than a film noir.[2]

It was filmed at Icet - De Paolis Studios in Milan and on location in Milan.[2]


Gang War in Milan was released theatrically in Italy on 23 February 1973 where it was distributed by Variety Film.[2] The film grossed a total of 631.702 million Italian lira on its release.[2]


Director Umberto Lenzi later felt that the film's story had "a basic error on the behalf of the producers [...]. We shouldn't have made the protagonist a pimp. You can have a pickpocket, a drug dealer, or a killer, but not a pimp, because the viewer doesn't sympathize with him. He's a dirty soundrel with whom you can't identify"[5]

See also


  1. Curti 2013, p. 82.
  2. Curti 2013, p. 83.
  3. "L'ultimo valzer". La Stampa. 24 June 1973. p. 8.
  4. Roberto Curti. Italia odia: il cinema poliziesco italiano. Lindau, 2006. pp. 240–241.
  5. Curti 2013, p. 84.


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

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