Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man

Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man (Italian: Uomini si nasce poliziotti si muore) is a 1976 Italian poliziotteschi crime film, directed by Ruggero Deodato and starring Marc Porel and Ray Lovelock.[2] Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino said the film is "one of the greatest titles of all time, and it lives up to its name!"[3]

Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man
Italian film poster for Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man
Directed byRuggero Deodato
Produced by
  • Alberto Marras
  • Vincenzo Salviani[1]
Screenplay byFernando Di Leo
Story by
  • Fernando Di Leo
  • Alberto Marras
  • Vincenzo Salviani[1]
StarringMarc Porel
Ray Lovelock
Music byUbaldo Continiello[1]
CinematographyGuglielmo Mancori[1]
Edited byGianfranco Simoncelli[1]
Release date
  • 11 March 1976 (1976-03-11) (Italy)
Running time
100 minutes[1]
Box office₤741 million



Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man was based on a screenplay by Fernando Di Leo, originally titled Poliziotti si nasce poliziotti si muore (Born a Cop, Die a Cop).[1] The film was director Ruggero Deodato's only film in the poliziotteschi genre.[1]


Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man was released on 11 March 1976.[1] It has grossed 741,142,540 lira domestically.[1] The film was censored on its initial release in Italy. The cut scene involved a scene with Renato Salvatori's character Bibi who has his men gouge out the eyes of a thug played by Bruno Corazzari, and then crush the eyeball under his feet.[1]

See also


Further reading

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