Carl Ludwig Diehl stars as famed attorney Ruska in Atto di Accusa. After murdering his wife (Lea Padovani) Ruska arranges the evidence in a manner that will implicate the wife's lover (Marcello Mastrioanni). This "perfect crime" requires the killing of another, wholly innocent victim. Eventually, the lover teams up with a police inspector (Andrea Checchi) to stop Ruska before he kills again. It's a grim story, though well told and immensely entertaining. Director Giacomo Gentilomo also wrote the intricate screenplay for Atto di Accusa.
~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide