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The Mad Dog Killer (La belva col mitra)

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The Mad Dog Killer
(La belva col mitra)
La belva col mitra Poster.jpg
Original Italian Poster
Country ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Sergio Grieco
Release Date 1977
Language Italian
Studio Supercine
Main Cast
Character Actor
Nanni Vitali Helmut Berger
Giuliana Caroli Marisa Mell
Commissioner Giulio Santini Richard Harrison
Pietro Caporali Nello Pazzafini
Mario Portesi Antonio Basile
Bruno Esposito Sergio Smacchi
Carla Santini Marina Giordana
Aldo Spaccesi Alberto Squillante

The Mad Dog Killer (original title La belva col mitra ("The beast with machine gun")) is a 1977 Italian crime movie directed by Sergio Grieco. A group of criminals, lead by murderous Nanni Vitali (Helmut Berger), escapes from prison. Commissioner Giulio Santini (Richard Harrison) starts a hunt for the gang.

The following weapons were used in the film The Mad Dog Killer (La belva col mitra):


Smith & Wesson Military & Police

A Smith & Wesson Military & Police revolver is used by Bruno Esposito (Sergio Smacchi) during the prison break. In the final scene Aldo Spaccesi (Alberto Squillante) also carries an S&W revolver.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver - .38 Special
Esposito holds a revolver.
Esposito fires at pursuing police car.
A close view of the revolver, tucked at Spaccesi's belt.
Ruggero Santini (Claudio Gora) manages to grab Spaccesi's revolver.

Beretta M1951

A Beretta M1951 is Commissioner Santini's (Richard Harrison) personal handgun. M1951 pistols are also seen in hands of other police detectives and criminals, including Nanni Vitali (Helmut Berger).

Beretta M951 - 9x19mm
Bruno Esposito (Sergio Smacchi) (at the left) handles a Beretta M1951 to Pietro Caporali (Nello Pazzafini).
Nanni Vitali fires a Beretta M1951 at pursuing police car.
Santini holds a pistol in the final scene.
Santini aims.
Vitali holds Santini's sister Carla as hostage.
A close view of Vitali's pistol.

Beretta Model 70

Beretta Model 70 pistols are seen in several scenes.

Beretta Model 70 - .32 ACP
Nanni Vitali (Helmut Berger) takes a prison guard as hostage, using his own Beretta Model 70.
Vitali pistol-whips the prison guard.
During the heist Giuliana Caroli (Marisa Mell) fires a pistol that also appears to be a Beretta Model 70.

Submachine Guns

Beretta M12

Nanni Vitali (Helmut Berger) and two of his henchmen, Mario Portesi (Antonio Basile) and Bruno Esposito (Sergio Smacchi), use Beretta M12 SMGs during the heist. M12s are also carried by police.

Beretta M12 - 9x19mm
Portesi holds an M12.
Vitali aims his M12 at Giuliana Caroli (Marisa Mell) and her father (Vittorio Duse), a security guard.

Thompson M1928A1

A Thompson M1928A1 is used by third Vitali's henchman, Pietro Caporali (Nello Pazzafini), during the heist.

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP. This specimen has the sling swivel relocated to the top of the stock, a modification often made to Thompsons in British service.
Caporali breaks into the building with a Thompson.
La belva col mitra-Thompson-3.jpg
Caporali's Thompson is seen at the right.


Bolt Action Rifle

In one scene Nanni Vitali (Helmut Berger) uses a bolt action rifle with a sniper scope. Vitali loads a new cartridge after a shot so the rifle appears to be a single shot model.

Vitali aims. A straight bolt handle is seen.
Another view of the rifle.

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