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, and was the first sequel to Violent Rome. Saxon appeared in several such movies.[3]

Violent Naples
Directed byUmberto Lenzi
Produced byFabrizio De Angelis[1]
Screenplay byVincenzo Mannino[1]
Story byVincenzo Mannino[1]
Music byFranco Micalizzi[1]
Edited byVincenzo Tomassi[1]
Pan-European Production Pictures[2]
Release date
  • 7 August 1976 (1976-08-07) (Italy)
Running time
95 minutes
Box office2.047 billion


Commissioner 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][4] It had a domestic gross of 2,046,936,220 Italian lire.[4] In the United Kingdom the film was released as Death Dealers. The film was followed by Special Cop in Action, the final film in the Commissioner Betti trilogy.


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

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g Curti 2013, p. 200.
  2. ^ a b c Markham, Peter (1977). "Napoli Violenta (Death Dealers)". Monthly Film Bulletin. Vol. 44 no. 516. British Film Institute. p. 47.
  3. ^ Vagg, Stephen (July 29, 2020). "The Top Twelve Stages of Saxon". Filmink.
  4. ^ a b Curti 2013, p. 201.


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

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