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Manhunt in Milan (La mala ordina)

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Manhunt in Milan (La mala ordina)
La mala ordina Poster.jpg
Original Italian Poster
Country ITA.jpg Italy
GER.jpg West Germany
Directed by Fernando Di Leo
Release Date 1972
Language Italian
Studio Cineproduzioni Daunia 70
Dear Film Produzione
Hermes Synchron
Main Cast
Character Actor
Luca Canali Mario Adorf
Dave Catania Henry Silva
Frank Webster Woody Strode
Don Vito Tressoldi Adolfo Celi
Eva Lalli Luciana Paluzzi
Corso Cyril Cusack
Lucia Canali Sylva Koscina

Manhunt in Milan (original title La mala ordina ("The bad order"), also released as The Italian Connection, Hired to Kill and Black Kingpin) is a 1972 Italian crime movie directed by Fernando Di Leo. A Milanese pimp Luca Canali (Mario Adorf) suddenly finds himself hunted by two American killers, supported by the local Mafia boss. Luca tries to hide and find out the reason of the hunt, but when his wife and child are murdered, the petty criminal turns into a machine of death.

The movie is the second part of so called Milieu Trilogy by Di Leo, also including Milano calibro 9 (1972) and Il Boss (1973).

The following weapons were used in the film Manhunt in Milan (La mala ordina):


Colt New Service

Frank Webster (Woody Strode), the first hitman, carries two Colt New Service revolvers.

Colt New Service Revolver - .45 ACP
A close view of the muzzle.
Frank bullies a petty criminal.
Frank fires his revolver in the final shootout.
His second revolver is seen in holster.
Frank reloads the revolver.

Smith & Wesson Model 36

A Smith & Wesson Model 36 (or its Italian clone Riva Esterina Dobermann) is seen among other handguns in the scene in Enrico's workshop.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special - 5 shot. First pattern with flat latch cylinder release.
A snub nose revolver is seen in center, next to FN Model 1922 and Walther P38.

Unidentified revolver

A compact top-break revolver with pearl grips is seen among other handguns in the scene in Enrico's workshop. It is supposed to be a European (Spanish or Belgian) clone of Smith & Wesson.

A revolver with pearl grips is seen at the top left, next to M1911.


Beretta Model 70

In the scene in the workshop Luca Canali (Mario Adorf) takes a Beretta Model 70 from Enrico's table and uses it.

Beretta Model 70 - .32 ACP
Luca finds the pistol in the table.
He cocks the pistol.
The grip is seen.
Luca fires.

A Beretta Model 70 with extended barrel is used by Don Vito Tressoldi (Adolfo Celi) in one scene.

Beretta Model 70 with Longer Barrel - .32 ACP
Don Vito's bodyguard (Giuseppe Castellano) draws the long-barreled Beretta and gives it to his boss.
The pistol in hands of Don Vito.

Walther P38

In the scene in Nicolo's apartments two of Don Vito's henchmen carry suppressed Walther P38. After the encounter Luca Canali (Mario Adorf) takes both pistols and uses them in several scenes, including the final shootout where P38s are used without suppressors. A P38 is also seen among handguns that Enrico Moroni (Franco Fabrizi) offers to Luca.

Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War II dated - 9x19mm
A P38 is seen at the right.
Don Vito's henchmen (Giulio Baraghini in black suit, Enrico Chiappafreddo in white suit) with suppressed P38s.
Luca fires a captured P38.
A suppressed P38 on the floor.
Luca holds his P38 in the scene in Don Vito's headquarters.
Luca dual-weilds his P38s in the final scene.
Luca with a P38 in the final scene.

Luger P08

A Luger P08 is carried by Dave Catania (Henry Silva), the second hitman.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Dave draws his pistol from the case.
Dave holds the Luger during the confrontation with Don Vito.
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Dave fires his Luger during the final shootout.


When Luca Canali (Mario Adorf) visits Enrico Moroni (Franco Fabrizi) to purchase a gun, he chooses an M1911A1 but doesn't use it in action.

World War II Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP. This was an issued U.S. Army pistol with parkerized finish, thus the official designation of M1911A1
Luca takes the pistol.
A close view.
The pistol is seen on the table at the right.

FN Model 1922

An FN Model 1922 is seen among other handguns in the scene in Enrico's workshop.

FN Model 1922 - .32 ACP
An FN Model 1922 is seen at the top right.

Walther PPK

Two Walther PPKs are seen among other handguns in the scene in Enrico's workshop.

Walther PPK - 9mm Kurz aka .380 ACP. Note the ring just behind the magazine.
Two PPKs are seen at the left.

Various pistols

An unknown pistol is partially seen among other handguns in the scene in Enrico's workshop.

A grip of an unknown pistol is seen at the top right, next to FN Model 1922 and Walther P38.

In one scene Don Vito's henchman carries some pistol. Only a small part can be seen.

The hecnhman (Alberto Fogliani) holds a pistol, mostly hidden under his suit.

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