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Complete series cast summary:
 Commissario Corrado Cattani (6 episodes, 1984)
Patricia Millardet ...
 Magistrato Silvia Conti (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)
 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)
 Don Manfredi (6 episodes, 1984)
 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)
 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)


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 »


Comtessa Raffaella Pecci Scialoia: I'm so scared of death... It's always so... unexpected.
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Exceptionally good as far as I can remember
9 August 2006 | by (Cieszyn, Poland) – See all my reviews

Since the best film about mafia theme has always been Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece trilogy THE GODFATHER, a lot of people skip this one. LA PIOVRA, appearing also under the English title of THE OCTOPUS, deals with Comissario Corrado Cattani's attempts against mafia in its heart land, the island of Sicily. Moreover, it develops Cattani's private life in a very interesting way: it focuses on how he and his family have to cope with suffering due to the very specific job he does against the mob. I remember seeing the mini series as a young boy and although I have not seen this since then, a lot remained in my memory. The reason is simple: the mini series stands out as one of the best and most unforgettable action films.

The most outstanding actor among the cast is, in my opinion, Michele Placido. He does a great job in the main role as Cattani, a man who copes with huge difficulties in the exceptionally cruel reality. Although he sacrifices everything, his struggles seem endless... Whenever I see him in any film, he always reminds me of this role. Other cast include not very famous people whose performances I cannot evaluate easily since I saw the film a long time ago.

Besides, throughout the series, there is a thrilling sense of suspicion. In this way, a viewer gets involved in the action. Sometimes, I felt the events so intensely that I could not wait for the following episode. All that happens looks very realistic and watching it meant for me feeling it. This is all intensified by the wonderful music by Ennio Morricone and Riz Ortolani, the best Italian film musicians.

Finally, the beautiful landscape of Sicily that can be found in a number of moments provides a viewer with authenticity of the story. Filmed in Trapani on the western coast of the island near Palermo, the movie is a great experience. When I was in Sicily a few years ago and walked in the narrow streets of its cities, the mini series was unintentionally in my mind's eyes.

Since I have seen this mini series many years ago, I cannot discuss cinematography or some details like the single performances or memorable moments. Yet, I felt compelled to entail my opinion on LA PIOVRA because it has its place in my dearest memories from my early teenage years. Generally speaking it is one of the best action films I have seen. Pity they don't show this on TV anymore. I'd really enjoy seeing it after all these years.

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