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Il giorno della civetta (1968)

M | | Thriller, Crime, Mystery | 1970 (USA)
Following a murder in a small Sicilian town, the new chief of the Carabinieri must fight corrupt officials, the frightened silence of witnesses and the local Mafia boss in order to solve the case.

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Tano Cimarosa ...
Zecchinetta (as Gaetano Cimarosa)
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Pizzuco
Ennio Balbo ...
First Mafioso at the Banquet
Ugo D'Alessio ...
Second Mafioso at the Banquet
Fred Coplan ...
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Giovanni Pallavicino ...
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Giuseppe Lauricella
Vincenzo Falanga
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Daughter of Don Mariano
Brizio Montinaro ...
Son of Marshal
Lino Coletta ...
Young Moustachioed Man with Don Mariano
Vincenzo Norvese
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Rosa Nicolosi is not the widow of Salvatore Colasberna, the man murdered in the beginning of the movie, but she is in fact the wife of Paolo Nicolosi, the only eyewitness of the murder. Paolo goes missing the same morning as the murder occurs. Written by Ave Tikkanen

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THE DAY OF THE OWL (Damiano Damiani, 1968) ***
17 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

Being the first of a series of expose' films directed by Damiano Damiani and starring Franco Nero, this was more sober than the rest - with few of the typical "Euro-Crime" trappings - even receiving some accolades when it emerged; it's really a police procedural, with the only action sequence occurring at the very beginning.

The film is also among the first to deal with the Mafia - though it's never mentioned by name - with the characters governed by their own sense of honor and Sicily's distinctive rustic feel lending vividness to the setting. As with the other Damiani/Nero films, the downbeat ending offers no easy answers.

Apart from a dynamic score by Giovanni Fusco, it features an above-average international cast - Claudia Cardinale (as the defamed wife of an eye-witness to murder, who has gone missing), Franco Nero (as the rugged young cop), Lee J. Cobb (as the 'boss'), Nehemiah Persoff (as one of his associates) and Serge Reggiani (as a stoolie); the hilarious contribution of Gaetano Cimarosa as the wisecracking hit-man is also noteworthy.


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