|Directed by||Stelvio Massi|
|Story by||Fulvio Gicca Palli|
|Music by||Stelvio Cipriani|
|Edited by||Mauro Bonanni|
|Distributed by||Fida (Italy)|
|Box office||₤1.146 billion|
Fearless (Italian : Poliziotto senza paura) is a 1978 poliziottesco film directed by Stelvio Massi.
According to director Stelvio Massi, the film was inspired by the character of Philip Marlowe, who he tried to have Maurizio Merli imitated to make him "more human, less violent cop, somewhat different from those he had already successfully played."Merli stated that when the producer found out that Merli's character would only shoot his gun once in the film,he was told "Come on, he must be shooting like mad, or else nobody's going to watch this movie!"
Fearless was shot at Incir - De Paolis studios in Rome and on location in Vienna.
Fearless was distributed theatrically in Italy by Fida on February 3, 1978.It grossed a total of 1,146,557,460 Italian lire domestically. It was released in France and Greece on home video as Magnum Cop and in Sweden on home video as Fearless Fuzz, A Matter of Honour.
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