Nick the Sting

Nick the Sting (Italian: Gli amici di Nick Hezard) is a 1976 Italian film directed by Fernando Di Leo. It stars actor Gabriele Ferzetti.[1]

Nick the Sting
Directed byFernando Di Leo
Produced by
  • Ermanno Curti
  • Rodolfo Putignani[1]
Screenplay byAlberto Silvestri[1]
Story byAlberto Silvestri[1]
Music byLuis Enriquez Bacalov[1]
CinematographyRoberto Gerardi[1]
Edited byAmedio Gimomini[1]
Centro Produzioni Cinematografiche Citta di Milano[1]
Distributed byInterfilm
Release date
  • 29 April 1976 (1976-04-29) (Italy)
Running time
100 minutes[1]
Box office₤427,272 million



Nick the Sting was described by Italian film historian and critic Roberto Curti as a "work for hire" for director Fernando Di Leo.[2] The film went into production after finishing The Kidnap Syndicate with a screenplay already written by Alberto Silvestri based around the film The Sting.[2] Di Leo commented that film had "quite a good script [...] but it had a couple huge problems: it would cost too much to film as it was written, and badly needed a charismatic lead."[2]

Nick the Sting was shot at Elios Studio in Rome and on location in Geneve.[1] Leo recalled that the film did not have a good production, finding Merenda not up to the task as a lead and the script did not come up as well as it had on paper.[2]


Nick the Sting was distributed theatrically in Italy by Interfilm on 29 April 1976.[1] The film grossed a total of 427,272,200 Italian lire domestically.[2] It was released on DVD in Italy by Raro Video.[2]

See also



  1. Curti 2013, p. 186.
  2. Curti 2013, p. 187.


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