San Francisco Police Inspector Sterling (Henry Silva) is shot to death early in this interesting crime-drama from director Emilio P. Miraglia. Sterling's slow-motion fall to the sidewalk consumes the rest of the film, interspersed with the story of how he came to be killed. Sterling, whose son was accidentally killed during a gangland shooting, is charged with the murder of a police informant and kicked off the force. He dedicates himself to clearing his name and tracking down the real hitmen while romancing a fashion model with mob ties (Beba Loncar) and arguing with his officious superior, Commissioner Donald (Keenan Wynn). Sterling succeeds in his quest, but pays with his life, and the film ends as his body concludes its slow-motion fall. The bizarre electronic soundtrack, scenes of Haight-Ashbury hippies, and Anglicized credits were clearly designed to simulate an American film, but the harsh tone and bloody violence betrays its European pedigree. Pier Paolo Capponi and Luciano Rossi co-star in the stylish thriller.
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