The gangster academy

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German title The gangster academy
Original title La banda del trucido
Country of production Italy
original language Italian
Publishing year 1977
length 99 (German version 87) minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Stelvio Massi
script Dardano Sacchetti
Elia Livia Briganti
Stelvio Massi
production Gianfranco Couyoumdjian
music Bruno Canfora
camera Franco Delli Colli
cut Mauro Bonanni

The Gangster Academy (original title: La banda del trucido ) is an Italian crime film from 1977. The film directed by Stelvio Massi was premiered in German on March 8, 1985, with several minutes shortened.


Commissioner Ghini has taken over the robbery department from his murdered predecessor Taddei, whose murderer Lanza he is trying to put behind bars. Then the Sicilian Belli plans the attack on two jewelers and gets in contact with the Roman underworld legend Monnezza - who runs a bar and rejects violence as an old-school pickpocket - in order to recruit a driver for de Coup, the young Ranocchia. After Lanza is killed by Belli, the attack only succeeds the second time, but at the cost of a massacre. Belli kills Ranocchia in pursuit; then he goes in search of Belli, who Monnezza is also after. The separate actions lead to the common goal. Ghini can kill Belli; Monnezza donated the proceeds from the robbery partly to Ranocchia's wife and partly to his friends.


The lexicon of international film said it was a “confused, extremely moderately staged crime film with some superfluous hardship that propagated controversial police methods.” The Segnalazioni Cinematografiche noted that the film was trying to deviate from the usual scheme by having two “executioners” - Present characters, one of which (Monnezza) is clearly laid out comedic. Overall, the film seems like a homage to the good old thieves, in contrast to the new tough criminals.


Milian improvised Monezza's dialogues.

A single with two titles was released for the film (Variety VF 5801).

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Entry in the Archivio del cinema italiano
  2. The Gangster Academy. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  3. Segnalazioni Cinematografiche, Vol. 83, 1977
  4. ^ Roberto Poppi, Mario Pecorari: Dizionario del Cinema italiano. I film dal 1970 al 1979. Vol. 4, tomo 1, AL. Rom, Gremese, 1996, p. 94