Eurocrime legend Maurizio Merli (Violent Naples) plays a badly dubbed private detective and former cop (and unstoppable one-man crime fighting army) who is hired to find a missing girl. The trail leads from the streets of Italy to Austria’s dirty, dirty underworld – and on the way there are lots of trash-talking, sleaze bag criminals and Joan Collins looking incredibly sexy, doing a striptease in a club. After some angry bitch slapping and confusing plot twists, Merli finds out that the missing girl is involved with a prostitution racket run by the tit-flashing Collins.
Director Stelvio Massi largely shot this film in beautiful Austria, and it’s a pretty good ‘poliziotteschi’. Its weaknesses are that it seems to take forever for Merli to get to the bottom of the case and Joan Collins only has about 15 minutes of screen time. But Fearless Fuzz (aka Magnum Cop, aka Fearless, aka Poliziotto senza paura, aka Fatal Charm) is a cool film with some mean-spirited violence and a kickass soundtrack. I’m a big fan of these Italian crime films, and while this may not be the best film to come out of Italy during the 70s; it’s decent enough and does deliver most of what I have come to expect from this sort of film.
Maurizio Merli was in a whole bunch of ‘Polizi’ flicks (like Convoy Busters – another
Stelvio Massi and Maurizio Merli collaboration) and he usually played angry cops who physically assaulted criminals in the name of Italian law and order. In Fearless Fuzz, however, he plays a witty private detective. But don’t worry, dear reader. He is still a brutal bastard, and the film opens with him shooting two scumbags in slow motion. Overall, Fearless Fuzz is no masterpiece, but it’s definitely a good, action-packed 70s movie with a great cast, including Gastone Moschin (of Milano Calibro 9) that I recommend to all my fellow fans of the Italian crime thriller genre.
Release year: 1978
Director: Stelvio Massi
Stars: Maurizio Merli, Joan Collins, Gastone Moschin
Style and coolness
Charismatic actors and evil bad guys
Shootouts and ass kicking
Joan Collins and Maurizio Merli on the set of Fearless Fuzz (1978).