Deadly Chase (film)

Deadly Chase (Italian: Il commissario Verrazzano) is a 1978 Italian film directed by Franco Prosperi.[3][4]

Deadly Chase
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Directed byFranco Prosperi
Produced byPino Burricchi[1]
Screenplay byFranco Cifferi[2]
Story byFranco Bottari[2]
Music byLino Corsetti[2]
CinematographyCristiano Pogany[2]
Edited byAlberto Gallitti[2]
Holiday Cinematografica[1]
Distributed byNucleo Star
Release date
  • 8 December 1978 (1978-12-08) (Italy)
Running time
95 minutes[1]
Box office₤443.627 million


Inspector Verrazzano is joined by the owner of an art gallery, Giulia Medici, who must investigate the death of her brother, whose case was filed a few months earlier as a suicide.



Despite the films aggressive title, Deadly Chase was described by Italian film historian Roberto Curti as a film that "moves away from out-and-out poliziotteschi and its worn out schems and moves closer to the melancholic, contemplative vein of film noir".[1]


Deadly Chase was the second of two films directed by Franco Prosperi for producer Pino Buricchi in 1978.[1] The film was shot at Incir de Paolis in Rome and in Nice.[1]


Deadly Chase was distributed theatrically in Italy by Nucleo Star on 8 December 1978.[1] The film grossed a total of 443,627,250 Italian lira.[1] Italian film historian described this gross as poor, stating that the film was "evidence of Merenda's quick commercial decline as well as that of the genre itself"[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Curti 2013, p. 242.
  2. ^ a b c d e Curti 2013, p. 241.
  3. ^ Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 1991. ISBN 8876059695.
  4. ^ Roberto Curti. Italia odia: il cinema poliziesco italiano. Lindau, 2006. ISBN 8871805860.


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

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