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NICK THE STING (1976)
NICK THE STING (1976)

Extremely stylish Italian crime outing from the grand magus of 70’s euro-crime, Fernando Di Leo; sporting a great cast; a twisting plot, break-neck pacing, and an excess of cinematic flair, this cracking thriller really is as essential as ‘Milano Calibro No 9’ or ‘Manhunt’.  When two-bit con-man Nick Hezard (Luc Merenda) gets picked by a mob boss (Lee J. Cobb) to be the fall-guy for his insurance scam, he gets a bit more than he bargained for. Nick decides to do that one big scam that will set him up for life and get revenge at the same time by setting up an elaborate plot to not only swindle the Mobster for a ton of cash but smear his name and force him to leave the country. A truly spectacular addition to Di Leo’s extraordinary CV with all the requisite action one expects from the genre plus a remarkably well crafted script; and engaging performances from both Cobb & Merenda.  A definite must-see for fans of Di Leo’s seemingly effortless cinematic cool. (And, again,  Luc Merenda’s luxurious coiffure remains a thing of transcendent beauty.) Nick the Sting is a genuinely exhilarating heist movie, and it’s a real shame that such a laudable film seems to have been all-but forgotten; outstanding entertainment that deserves much more recognition outside of the murky, cloistered world of the euro-crime cognoscenti.   

 

 

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