The Octopus (1984)
"La piovra" (original title)

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Corrado Cattani is a police inspector whose life is devoted to fighting the Italian mafia (known here as "La Piovra" or "The Octopus"). Even as his family and life are being destroyed by ... See full summary »

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 Commissario Corrado Cattani (6 episodes, 1984)
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Patricia Millardet ...
 Magistrato Silvia Conti (6 episodes, 1984)
Remo Girone ...
 Tano Cariddi (6 episodes, 1984)
Nicole Jamet ...
 Else Cattani (6 episodes, 1984)
Angelo Infanti ...
 Sante Cirinná (6 episodes, 1984)
Pino Colizzi ...
 Nanni Santamaria (6 episodes, 1984)
Renato Mori ...
 Vice-Commissario Giuseppe Altero (6 episodes, 1984)
Eurilla del Bono ...
 Anna Caruso (6 episodes, 1984)
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 Paola Cattani (6 episodes, 1984)
Geoffrey Copleston ...
 Alfredo Ravanusa (6 episodes, 1984)
Jacques Dacqmine ...
 Professor Sebastiano Cannito (6 episodes, 1984)
Paul Guers ...
 Professor Gianfranco Laudeo (6 episodes, 1984)
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 Don Manfredi (6 episodes, 1984)
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 Olga Camastra (6 episodes, 1984)
François Périer ...
 Avvocato Terrasini (6 episodes, 1984)
Erina Spoto ...
 Irina, the Cattanis' housekeeper (6 episodes, 1984)
Michele Abruzzo ...
 Prosecutor Scardona (5 episodes, 1984)
Luigi Atzeri ...
 Police Officer Martini (5 episodes, 1984)
Domenico Gennaro ...
 Antonio, Cirinná's Cousin (5 episodes, 1984)
Giuseppe Pierini ...
 Cirinná's Second Cousin (5 episodes, 1984)
Franco Tranchina ...
 Chief Morelli (5 episodes, 1984)
Alfredo Chiodi ...
 Bodyguard #2 (5 episodes, 1984)
Marcello Venditti ...
 Bodyguard #1 (5 episodes, 1984)
Massimo Bonetti ...
 Vice-Commissario Leo De Maria (4 episodes, 1984)
Maria Denaro ...
 Cirinná's Mother (4 episodes, 1984)
Regina Margherita ...
 Piera (4 episodes, 1984)
Rossana La Rosa ...
 Sandra (4 episodes, 1984)
Simona Cavallari ...
 Ester Rasi (3 episodes, 1984)
Rosangela Pagana ...
 Rosa, Terrasini's niece (3 episodes, 1984)
Patrizia Allegra ...
 Spilungona, Ravanusa's Daughter (3 episodes, 1984)
Marcello Perracchio ...
 Accountant Lo Spanno (3 episodes, 1984)
Silvino Vaccaro ...
 Franco Caruso, Anna's Brother (3 episodes, 1984)
Luigi Vallini ...
 Santino (3 episodes, 1984)
Vittorio Duse ...
 Professor Cristina (3 episodes, 1984)
Renato Cecchetto ...
 Prosecutor Achille Bordonaro (3 episodes, 1984)
Alessandro de Fredericis ...
 Don Garofalo (3 episodes, 1984)
Francesco Bagarella ...
 Pianist (2 episodes, 1984)
Francesco Lauriano ...
 Barone Platto (2 episodes, 1984)
Pinuccia Passarello ...
 Opera singer (2 episodes, 1984)
Alfonso Giganti ...
 Carabinieri Captain (2 episodes, 1984)
Antonio Orlando ...
 Police Officer Leo Settimelli (2 episodes, 1984)
Giuseppe Namio ...
 Armando Bolla (2 episodes, 1984)
Mimmo Mignemi ...
 Gaetano Mercenise (2 episodes, 1984)
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Corrado Cattani is a police inspector whose life is devoted to fighting the Italian mafia (known here as "La Piovra" or "The Octopus"). Even as his family and life are being destroyed by ruthless criminals, the intrepid comissar keeps fighting... Written by Boris Shafir

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The music composer was Riz Ortolani, as per the film credits. However the music was performed by Enio Morriconne, becoming one of his biggest hits, and issued as a double CD. See more »

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Comtessa Raffaella Pecci Scialoia: I'm so scared of death... It's always so... unexpected.
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Followed by La piovra 3 (1987) See more »

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Moralistic loner inspector Cattani fights organised crime in Italy
19 September 2004 | by (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I saw the series on DVD; there are 4 series with the terrific Michele Placido in the lead as solitary and stubborn police inspector Corrado Cattani, who is determined to conquer the evil elements in Italy.

To start with, it's interesting to see the dramatic quality increase of the production. In the first series the sound and image quality is terrible, yet in the fourth everything seems to be at a higher level. More attention was paid to the cinematography, it looks more professional and there are more dramatic "tricks" than in the previous series. Even the actresses look more beautiful! Patricia Millardet plays the mature and strong judge Silvia Conti to work aside Cattani while Simona Cavallari plays the juvenile Esther Rasi who idolizes Cattani) Next to being a thriller, La Piovra is also convincing as a study of organised crime in Italy. The characters are well developed and the acting is fantastic. The basic plot line: inspector Cattani's eternal conflict of interests between his family life and his professional life, which sometimes leads to very dramatic scenes. He loves his family yet his urge to combat organised crime in his beloved country is equally strong. At various points he is "accused" of being a moralist. Actually he is one of the few that dares to makes a fist against the bunch of opportunists who seem to have infiltrated Italy's political and economic system at all possible levels... The tormented inspector fights different enemies; my favourite one is Tano Carridi (4th series, very well played by Remo Girone). He displays a great mix of villainy and sadness that almost makes you symphatise with him. A worthy opponent of Cattani! The great music by Ennio Morricone in the series also adds a lot to the atmosphere! I highly recommend this series.


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