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Complete series cast summary:
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
 Professor Sebastiano Cannito 6 episodes, 1984
 Professor Gianfranco Laudeo 6 episodes, 1984
 Don Manfredi 6 episodes, 1984
 Olga Camastra 6 episodes, 1984
 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 ...
Rossana La Rosa ...
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 ...
 Professor Cristina 3 episodes, 1984
Renato Cecchetto ...
 Prosecutor Achille Bordonaro 3 episodes, 1984
Alessandro de Fredericis ...
 Don Garofalo 3 episodes, 1984
Francesco Bagarella ...
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 »


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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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