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Confessions of a Police Captain (1971)

Confessione di un commissario di polizia al procuratore della repubblica (original title)
PG | | Crime, Drama | 26 March 1971 (Italy)
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 »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Deputy D.A. Traini
Commissario Bonavia
Marilù Tolo ...
Serena Li Puma
Claudio Gora ...
District Attorney Malta
Luciano Catenacci ...
Ferdinando Lomunno (as Luciano Lorcas)
Giampaolo Rizzo
Arturo Dominici ...
Lawyer Canistraro
Michele Gammino ...
Adolfo Lastretti ...
Michele Li Puma
Nello Pazzafini ...
Calisto Calisti ...
A mafioso, e.g. involved in wall in
Wanda Vismara ...
Traini's maid
Adele Modica ...
Lina Paladino - lover of Bonavia
Dante Cleri ...
Roy Bosier ...
Giuseppe Lasciatelli


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 prosecutor try to prove that the architect in the city is in the mafia. Written by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

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26 March 1971 (Italy)  »

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Ben Gazzara was approached to play Commmissario Bonavia, but turned said offer down. See more »

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Permission to shoot in the Basile Room was graciously offered by the Grand-Hotel Villa Igiea of Palermo See more »


Edited into Lo schermo a tre punte (1995) See more »

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Very well done Italian cop drama
10 March 2008 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

I'm a big fan of Italian cop flicks, but Confessions of a Police Captain actually doesn't contain many of the things that I love this type of movie for. Damiano Damiani's film is an early example of the Polizi flick and has the rare accolade of not following on the heels of Don Siegel's masterpiece Dirty Harry. The film is a rather more sober affair than what I'm used to from this sort of film and doesn't feature the things such as car chases, gun fights and fistfights that other films in this genre feature in droves; but this is made up for by the fact that the director has created a stylish and interesting film that flows well throughout. The plot focuses largely on the mafia that run Italy over and above the law. Our two central characters are Commissioner Bonavia and District Attorney Traini who are investigating mafia occurrences in the city. The plot begins with an attempt on a man's life, and the man later turns out to be D'Ambrosio; a man high up within the mafia. The two law enforcers appear to be on the same page in fighting the crime in the city...

Damiano Damiani was apparently quite a prolific crime film director in the seventies; although the only film I'd seen from him prior to this one was the abysmal Amityville II. It's clear that he has a real flair for this sort of film, however, as Confessions of a Police Captain is perfectly pitched and very professionally done. The fact that the film doesn't feature the things that usually make these films exciting may be a hindrance for some people, but in my opinion; the film has more than enough going for it elsewhere. The two central performances are one of the film's strongest elements. American actor Martin Balsam is fantastic as the police commissioner, but even better than him is Franco Nero as the district attorney. I've seen a lot of Franco Nero films and every time I see him, I become more impressed. He's a very versatile actor who seems to be able to play just about any role and once again he gives a fantastic lead performance. The commentary on justice is well thought, although I have to admit that I wasn't keen on the ambiguous ending. Overall, this is at the very top of Italian cop flicks; while it doesn't fit in with some of the better known examples, it's hard to deny that it is a gem of a movie.

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