7.1/10
770
10 user 6 critic

Il giorno della civetta (1968)

M | | Thriller, Crime, Mystery | 1970 (USA)
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. ... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Ad

Genius (TV Series 2017)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A series which explores how patent clerk Einstein could not get a teaching job or doctorate in his early life, yet managed to go on to solve the secrets of the universe.

Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn, Nicholas Rowe
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

One of the first films about the mafia occurrence, in which the fight is hopeless, because "the polyp's feeler" reaches everything and everybody. A police inspector and a deputy public ... See full summary »

Director: Damiano Damiani
Stars: Franco Nero, Martin Balsam, Marilù Tolo
I Am Afraid (1977)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Journey into the fears of the escort agent Graziano, guilty of knowing too much.

Director: Damiano Damiani
Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Erland Josephson, Mario Adorf
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Amedeo is a poor Italian immigrant living in Australia for twenty years. Seeking to marry an Italian wife, he corresponds with Carmela, a pretty girl from Rome. They do not reveal their ... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Zampa
Stars: Alberto Sordi, Claudia Cardinale, Riccardo Garrone
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Because of a violation of traffic regulations an architect is put in prison. There he witnesses the grim reality of life behind bars: corrupt staff, corrupt inmates, an inhuman judicial system and the power of the Mafia.

Director: Damiano Damiani
Stars: Franco Nero, Riccardo Cucciolla, Georges Wilson
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A leftist professor wants the truth about two men killed during a hunting party; but the mafia, the Church and corrupt politicians don't want him to learn it.

Director: Elio Petri
Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Irene Papas, Gabriele Ferzetti
Crime | Thriller | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A detective (inspector Rogas) is assigned to investigate the mysterious murders of some Supreme Court judges. During the investigation he discovers a complot that involves the Italian ... See full summary »

Director: Francesco Rosi
Stars: Lino Ventura, Tino Carraro, Marcel Bozzuffi
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Nino, a regular working-class guy, finds that a hitman has been hired to kill him. He discovers that a wealthy woman has been kidnapped and that everyone who was involved in it is being ... See full summary »

Director: Damiano Damiani
Stars: Giuliano Gemma, Eleonora Giorgi, Michele Placido
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Rome, 1825. Bishop Rivarola (Tognazzi) and colonel Nardoni (Salerno) are in charge to suppress liberal revolution. Shoemaker Cornacchia (Manfredi) got the information that the liberal ... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Magni
Stars: Nino Manfredi, Enrico Maria Salerno, Claudia Cardinale
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Lorenzo, who's 16 and born to a wealthy family in Parma, tries to make things right toward a showgirl, Aida, whom his older brother has mistreated. In extending kindness and standing up for... See full summary »

Director: Valerio Zurlini
Stars: Claudia Cardinale, Jacques Perrin, Luciana Angiolillo
A Fine Pair (1968)
Certificate: M Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A detective gets involved with the beautiful daughter of an old friend. The daughter turns out to be a jewel thief, who in turn gets the detective involved in a caper in Austria.

Director: Francesco Maselli
Stars: Rock Hudson, Claudia Cardinale, Tomas Milian
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Mario (Placido), an Italian American who manages a pizzeria in NYC, is charged with an assassination of a judge in Palermo. He leaves the States, comes back to Sicily and recruit Michele, ... See full summary »

Director: Damiano Damiani
Stars: Michele Placido, Mark Chase, Simona Cavallari
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Tano Cimarosa ...
Zecchinetta (as Gaetano Cimarosa)
...
Pizzuco
Ennio Balbo ...
First Mafioso at the Banquet
Ugo D'Alessio ...
Second Mafioso at the Banquet
Fred Coplan ...
Brigadier
Giovanni Pallavicino ...
Police Sergeant
Giuseppe Lauricella
Vincenzo Falanga
Laura De Marchi ...
Daughter of Don Mariano
Brizio Montinaro ...
Son of Marshal
Lino Coletta ...
Young Moustachioed Man with Don Mariano
Vincenzo Norvese
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

What are 'friends' for...? Why, for murder, terror, extortion, violence and other profitable enterprises! See more »


Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mafia  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Version of Il giorno della civetta (2014) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Honest, direct and convincing
8 June 2001 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

The first great thriller by director Damiano Damiani, followed by many remarkable films in the 70s, such as "Io ho paura" with Gian Maria Volonte and "Un uomo in ginocchio" with Giuliano Gemma. "Il giorno della civetta" has a marvelous cast: Franco Nero just risen to stardom with "Django" (1966), Claudia Cardinale can be seen here a year before "Once Upon a Time in the West", and veteran tough guy Lee J Cobb. Sciascia's story about the murdered boss of a building company fits Damiano's way to illustrate his view on society: too many people are looking for the easy way out and keep their mouths shut. Simple, direct, honest - few films have so much credibility. Still, for an understandable commercial reason, Mrs Cardinale's role became bigger than it was in the novel.


14 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?