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  • Review of 'Nick The Sting' (1976) - Fernando Di Leo.

    Extremely likeable Italian Poliziottesco from the grand magus of stylish 70s euro-crime, Fernando Di Leo. 'Nick The Sting' sporting a sublime cast, a twisting plot, sleek, break-neck pacing, and an excess of cinematic flair, this cracking thriller really is as essential as 'Milano Calibro No 9' or 'Manhunt'. When two-bit con-man Nick Hezard (Luc Merenda) is hand-picked by a mob boss (Lee J. Cobb) to be the fall-guy for his insurance scam, ultimately they both get a bit more than they initially bargained for!

    Nick cleverly contrives an audacious scam that will financially set him up for life and get revenge at the same time. He orchestrates an elaborate plot to not only swindle the conniving Mobster for a ton of cash but smear his name and thereby force him to leave the country in disgrace. 'Nick The Sting' is another truly spectacular addition to Di Leo's extraordinary filmmaking CV replete with the requisite action one expects from the gang-busting genre plus a remarkably well-crafted script, and engaging performances from both Hollywood veteran Cobb & relatively newcomer, Merenda. This remains a definite must-see for fans of Di Leo's seemingly effortless cinematic cool, and, once again, Luc Merenda's luxurious coiffure remains a thing of transcendent beauty!. Nick the Sting is a genuinely exhilarating heist movie, and it's a real shame that such a laudable Poliziottesco is so rarely mentioned. A refined 70s crime thriller that deserves far more recognition outside of the murky, cloistered J&B-soaked world of the euro-crime cognoscenti.

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  • #2
    Haven't seen this one yet, but I really like Di Leo. Will check it out, cheers.

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