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)
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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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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RAI wanted Franco Nero to play Corrado Cattani. But Damiano Damiani insisted on Michele Placido. 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 6 - L'ultimo segreto (1992) See more »

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One of the best TV series ever.
30 January 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

La Piovra, or SPRUT in Russian, the version that I saw as a boy in early nineties is nothing short of a masterpiece. American audiences are all over the Sopranos, a good series in its own right, but that is because they did not experience La Piovra.

The story of the series at first follows Commissar Cattani and his relentless fight against the Italian mafia and the corrupt bureaucracy. Every episode is full of smart dialogs, rich characters, suspenseful plot,and action. The newer episodes follow the work of a new commissar (I don't want to give away why this happens, watch it and you will see), who just like his predecessor selflessly fights the mob.

The series is mostly shot in Italy and later on in Czech Republic I believe, so scenery does change.

Fortunately for me the local Los Angeles Armenian mom and pop video stores carry the Russian language VHS tapes of the complete series as it was shown in the early nineties, all I need now is a summer holiday to re watch the whole series, it is absolutely worth it.


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