Giuliano Gemma versus the mafia: I AM THE LAW review

One of Italy’s most popular leading men, Giuliano Gemma, plays Cesare Mori – a “not to be messed with” judge who is sent to pre-World War II Sicily to take down the mafia. Mori is given ultimate power and shows the mob and bandit gangs what a real, manly ass-kicking is all about. This is not just another violent Italian crime film with noisy action. I can imagine many have been disappointed in the film, expecting car crashes but ending up with a rather talky mob story instead. I’m a big fan of the genre, but it has to be said that a lot of EuroCrime films are rather similar. That’s not the case with I Am The Law however. This is a well made and powerful film, based on historical fact, with a very serious tone. The pace is perfect; not too slow, not too fast, and the film has nice locations in old villages, an excellent score by Ennio Morricone and a good cast. The beautiful Claudia Cardinale (Once Upon a Time in the West) plays a peasant woman who protects her son from the mafia – and Giuliano Gemma (Day of Anger, Tenebre) gives a fantastic lead performance, one of his best.

I Am The Law (“Il prefetto di ferro”)
Release year: 1977
Country: Italy
Director: Pasquale Squitieri
Stars: Giuliano Gemma, Claudia Cardinale, Stefano Satta Flores
One of Italy's most popular leading men, Giuliano Gemma, plays Cesare Mori - a "not to be messed with" judge who is sent to pre-World War II Sicily to take down the mafia. Mori is given ultimate power and shows the mob and bandit gangs what a real, manly ass-kicking is all about. This is not just another violent Italian crime film with noisy action. I can imagine many have been disappointed in the film, expecting car crashes but ending up with a rather talky mob story instead. I'm a big fan of the genre, but it has to be said that a lot…

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