Directing his first important film, with considerable skill Pasquale Squitieri manages to combine the action of a crime movie (or to use the Italian term: poliziottesco) and a careful eye to the social dynamics that lead a young man to enter into the Camorra and attempt to rise up the world of organised criminality. The film is furthermore strengthened by a sharp look at Naples, which at times appears documentary in nature, and does not hold back from paying homage to its Neapolitan settings (especially in the tragic finale framed by Vesuvius). Proof that genuinely popular cinema can coexist alongside the depiction of a complex reality. Especially when in the hands of a solid director.
After being released from prison, Tonino stands out for his contempt for danger and soon enters into the world of organised crime of the Camorra. His rise through the ranks of the criminal underworld is impressive and earns him respect and riches, along with serious risks. The boss, worried that the young man wants to take his place, tries to kill him. Tonino manages to prevail and decides to hand himself in to the police.