Shoot First, Die Later

Shoot First, Die Later (Italian: Il poliziotto è marcio) is a 1974 Italian poliziottesco-noir film directed by Fernando Di Leo.[2] Di Leo reprises some elements of the novel Rogue Cop by William P. McGivern.[3] Luc Merenda later starred in two other Di Leo's films, Kidnap Syndicate and Nick the Sting.[3]

Shoot First, Die Later
Directed byFernando Di Leo
Screenplay byFernando Di Leo[1]
Story bySergio Donati[1]
Produced by
  • Galliano Juso
  • Ettore Rosboch[1]
CinematographyFranco Villa[1]
Edited byAmedeo Giomini[1]
Music byLuis Enriquez Bacalov[1]
  • Cinemaster
  • Mount Street Film
  • Mara Film[1]
Distributed byTitanus
Release date
  • 22 March 1974 (1974-03-22) (Italy)
Running time
95 minutes[1]
Box office676 million[1]


A policeman who has dealings with local crime begins to get in over his head. At first content with taking payments for helping contraband tobacco and alcohol escape notice of the authorities, he draws the line when the criminals get into the drug smuggling business. A local busybody has inadvertently witnessed the disposal of one of their victims and reported their licence plates to the policeman's father, who is a sergeant. Gradually more people around him turn up dead and he becomes increasingly desperate.



Shoot First, Die Later was distributed theatrically in Italy by Titanus on 22 March 1974.[1] The film grossed a total of 675,994,000 Italian lire on its domestic release.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Curti 2013, p. 118.
  2. ^ Achille Valdata (May 24, 1974). "Il commissario è vendicativo". La Stampa.
  3. ^ a b Vari. Calibro 9. Il cinema di Fernando di Leo. Nocturno, 2004.


  • Curti, Roberto (2013). Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980. McFarland. ISBN 978-0786469765.

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