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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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
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 Commissario Corrado Cattani (6 episodes, 1984)
Barbara De Rossi ...
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)
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 Gianni Breda and Carlo Arcuti (3 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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Storyline

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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A polip  »

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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 »

Quotes

Comtessa Raffaella Pecci Scialoia: I'm so scared of death... It's always so... unexpected.
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Followed by La piovra 4 (1989) See more »

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One of the best series ever, and not just about the mob.
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First of all, this series has the best music ever seen in film. Ennio Morricone in my mind has the stature of a Beethoven or Bach or Wagner.. really he's that good, and his music will last that long.

Now that this is out of the way .. to have a series that lives up to Ennio's music is really a miracle.

If you think about it, TV has always been a "second hand" medium when it comes to quality. Well, as TV series go .. this doesn't feel like a TV series.

Even if it's long, and the whole series has two or three arcs over 7 seasons, it's not diluted at all. It's focused from beginning to end so you only grow more attached to the characters, you invest more and more emotion in it. It's like the best tragic movie you can think of, tweaked at 75% intensity, but with incredible peaks of emotion, and keyed to the most beautiful music on earth.

Think about the countless hours you've spent watching garbage in front of the TV, and try to get this series and watch it, as revenge. :)

I can't see anything better being made on TV.


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