Manhunt in the City
Directed byUmberto Lenzi
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Dardano Sacchetti
  • Umberto Lenzi[1]
Produced byEnzo Peri[1]
CinematographyGuglielmo Mancori[1]
Edited byEugenio Alabiso[1]
Music byBruno Nicolai[1]
Aquila Cinematografica[1]
Distributed byTitanus[1]
Release date
  • 8 May 1975 (1975-05-08) (Italy)
Running time
100 minutes[1]
Box office711.5 million

Manhunt in the City (Italian: L'uomo della strada fa giustizia, lit.'The Average Man Gets Justice[1]'), also known as The Manhunt, is a 1975 Italian poliziottesco film directed by Umberto Lenzi.[2][3] It was co-written by Dardano Sacchetti and has a score by Bruno Nicolai.



Manhunt in the City was filmed at Elios Film in Rome and on location in Milan.[1] Lenzi originally envisioned Claudio Cassinelli in the role that Silva has.[4] Henry Silva and Luciana Paluzzi are paired again, after their performance together in The Italian Connection (1972).


The film is part of vigilante subgenre.[4] The films script overturns initial assumptions where the engineer Vannucchi get manipulated by a fascist lawyer who heads an army of vigilantes and ends up killing the wrong person.[4] Lenzi stated that he desired to make a film in contrast to Enzo G. Castellari's Street Law.[4] The film also has a few elements of the giallo genre, as Silva's hunt for a criminal who wears a bracelet depicting a scorpion.[4]


Manhunt in the City was released in Italy on 8 May 1975 where it was distributed by Titanus.[1] On its theatrical run in Italy, the film grossed 711.5 million Italian lira.[1] According to Lenzi, "censors found it very annoying that in the end the Commissioner, understanding the protagonist's motives that lead to his revenge, lets him go unpunished."[4] The film was issued on DVD in Italy in 2010.[4]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Curti 2013, p. 142.
  2. ^ Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 1991. ISBN 8876059695.
  3. ^ Paolo Mereghetti. Il Mereghetti. B.C. Dalai Editore, 2010. ISBN 8860736269.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Curti 2013, p. 143.


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