Violent Naples

Violent Naples Italian: Napoli violenta) is a 1976 poliziottesco film directed by Umberto Lenzi. It starred Maurizio Merli, John Saxon and Barry Sullivan.

Violent Naples
Directed byUmberto Lenzi
Produced byFabrizio De Angelis[1]
Screenplay byVincenzo Mannino[1]
Story byVincenzo Mannino[1]
Music byFranco Micalizzi[1]
  • Fausto Zuccoli
  • Sebastiano Celeste[1]
Edited byVincenzo Tomassi[1]
Pan-European Production Pictures[2]
Release date
  • 7 August 1976 (1976-08-07) (Italy)
Running time
95 minutes
Box office₤2.047 billion


Inspector Betti (Maurizio Merli) is transferred to Naples, receiving on his arrival a warm welcome from The Commandante (Barry Sullivan), the city's crime lord. Betti goes on a personal mission against corruption and organized crime, trying to force the syndicate out of town by any means necessary.



Violent Naples was released in Italy on 7 August 1976, where it was distributed by Fida Cinematografica.[1][3] It had a domestic gross of 2,046,936,220 Italian lire.[3]


The Monthly Film Bulletin described the film as a "nasty, brutish and over-long escapade" that was plagirizing Dirty Harry.[2] The review found thef ilm tobe "lacklustre in style, without a trace of tension to its slam-bang action."[2]

See also


  1. Curti 2013, p. 200.
  2. Markham, Peter (1977). "Napoli Violenta (Death Dealers)". Monthly Film Bulletin. Vol. 44 no. 516. British Film Institute. p. 47.
  3. Curti 2013, p. 201.


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

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