A hard-hitting detective film that does not disappoint, guaranteed to win some new fans for the genre
Action, shootouts and car chases on the streets of a violent Naples
Napoli si ribella was distributed in the USA under the title A Man Called Magnum in an overt reference to Inspector Harry Callaghan, however the film works perfectly well on its own merits without needing to evoke famous Hollywood cops. To the delight of those who are already fans of the genre (and those soon to become fans), it is a fast-moving, hard-hitting detective story, boasting its fair share of shootouts and electrifying car chases. Having Luc Merenda star is a guarantee in this genre, while co-star Sonia Viviani is a jewel deserving of more attention: the Japanese realised this, shooting a documentary about her entitled (with extreme honesty) Dangerous Beauty.
Inspector Mauri arrives in Naples with a tough reputation. Following a bank robbery he begins to hunt down a Camorra boss, who thanks to his lawyer has always been able to evade imprisonment. The killings continue, but the boss remains at large. The situation gets more complicated with the news that the Camorra boss has been betrayed by some of his men, who have stolen a large drugs shipment.