|The Cynic, the Rat and the Fist|
|Directed by||Umberto Lenzi|
|Produced by||Luciano Martino|
|Story by||Sauro Scavolini|
|Music by||Franco Micalizzi|
|Edited by||Eugenio Alabiso|
|Box office||₤1.818 billion|
The Cynic, the Rat and the Fist (Italian: Il cinico, l'infame, il violento, lit. 'The Cynic, the Infamous, the Violent') is an Italian poliziotteschi film directed in 1977 by Umberto Lenzi. The film was described by Italian film critic and historian Roberto Curti as "a sequel of sorts" to Lenzi's 1976 The Tough Ones, with Maurizio Merli reprising the role of Inspector Leonardo Tanzi.
Luigi "The Chinaman" Maietto escapes from prison. As soon as he is free he assigns immediately two henchman to murder the inspector whose testimonial once led to his prison sentence. Inspector Tanzi is left for dead but survives. The local newspapers cover up for him and pretend the assassination had succeeded. When Tanzi gets better, his superior wants him to hide in Switzerland. But Tanzi defies him because he intends to make sure himself that Maietto is put back in prison. He goes for it.
- Maurizio Merli as Leonardo Tanzi
- Tomas Milian as Luigi "The Chinaman" Maietto
- John Saxon as Frank Di Maggio
- Renzo Palmer as Commissioner Astalli
- Gabriella Lepori as Nadia
- Robert Hundar as Dario
- Bruno Corazzari as Cesare Ettore
- Marco Guglielmi as Marchetti, Di Maggio's lawyer
- Gabriella Giorgelli as Maria Balzano
- Guido Alberti as Tanzi's Uncle
- Gianni Musy as Nicola Proietti
- Gianfilippo Carcano as The Professor
- Massimo Bonetti as "Cappuccino"
- Riccardo Garrone as Natali
- Ennio Antonelli as barber in jail
Screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi later spoke negatively on his work on the film "the story wasn't mine, and I just did supervising work on the finished script. Actually, I didn't even like the movie." The film was shot at Elios film and on location in Rome.
The Cynic, the Rat, and the Fist was distributed theatrically in Italy by Medusa on February 3, 1977. It grossed a total of 1,818,523,920 Italian lira on its domestic release in Italy, an amount Curti described as "very successful at the box office."