Down 4,254 this week

The Professor (1986)
"Il camorrista" (original title)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 782 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 3 critic

Vaguely inspired to the real story of boss of the Camorra's bosses Raffaele Cutolo, this is the story of the criminal career of "Il professore" (the professor). He is in prison, and by ... See full summary »



(story), (story), 1 more credit »
0Check in

Top 25 Trivia Items From the Last 25 Years

Here are some amazing facts and figures to deepen your appreciation of the movies you love.

See the full list

Related News

Ben Gazzara obituary
| The Guardian - TV News
Ben Gazzara, 1930 - 2012

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 22 titles
created 03 Nov 2013
a list of 47 titles
created 11 months ago
a list of 40 titles
created 10 months ago
a list of 21 titles
created 4 months ago
a list of 39 titles
created 1 month ago

Related Items

Search for "The Professor" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Professor (1986)

The Professor (1986) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Professor.
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A photographer and the types of people he encounters.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Stars: Sergio Castellitto, Tiziana Lodato, Franco Scaldati
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Matteo Scuro is a retired Sicilian bureaucrat (responsible mainly for the writing of birth certificates), a widower with five children, all of whom live on the mainland and hold responsible... See full summary »

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Michèle Morgan, Valéria Cavalli
Baarìa (2009)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Baaria is Sicilian slang for Bagheria where Tornatore was born and this is an autobiographic epic of three generations in the Sicilian village where he was born.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Stars: Francesco Scianna, Margareth Madè, Lina Sastri
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Onoff is a famous writer who hasn't published any new books for quite some time and has become a recluse. When he is picked up by the police one stormy night, without any identification, ... See full summary »

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Roman Polanski, Sergio Rubini
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Haunted by a horrible past, a Ukrainian young woman calculatedly insinuates herself into the life of a rich Italian family.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Stars: Kseniya Rappoport, Michele Placido, Claudia Gerini
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Directors: Francesco Barilli, Giuseppe Bertolucci, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Philippe Noiret, Ornella Muti, Bruno Ganz
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A baby boy, discovered in 1900 on an ocean liner, grows into a musical prodigy, never setting foot on land.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Stars: Tim Roth, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Bill Nunn
Malèna (2000)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A woman provokes sensual awakenings in a group of adolescent boys.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Stars: Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro, Luciano Federico
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Stars: Renzo Arbore, Dario Argento, Pippo Baudo
Documentary | Biography | Music
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Stars: Ennio Morricone
Lo schermo a tre punte (TV Movie 1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Stars: Olga Kurylenko, Jeremy Irons, Shauna Macdonald


Cast overview, first billed only:
Il Professore
Leo Gullotta ...
comissario Iervolino
Marzio Honorato ...
Luciano Bartoli ...
Ciro Perrella
Alfredo Canale
Anita Zagaria ...
Franco Interlenghi ...
Don Saverio
Biagio Pelligra ...
The Father
Maria Carta ...
Lino Troisi ...
Antonio 'Malacarne'
Marcello Bari
Sergio Boccalatte ...
Il 'segretario' di Professore
Cloris Brosca ...
Mariella Capotorto


Vaguely inspired to the real story of boss of the Camorra's bosses Raffaele Cutolo, this is the story of the criminal career of "Il professore" (the professor). He is in prison, and by there he is able to build, step by step, an empire founded on murders and drugs. He starts a war to destroy all the old Camorra bosses and becoming the new "boss of the bosses". With his sister's help he manages to evade from prison and escape in New York. Here he starts immediately a new relationship with "Cosa Nostra" (Italian American Mafia). He is going to seat on the peak of the most powerful criminal organization, and the Italian authorities are almost impotent. Written by 1felco

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Murder was the only human factor in his curriculum


Crime | Drama


See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






Release Date:

12 September 1986 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

The Professor  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

, ,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (DVD edition)

Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


This movie was originally produced as a 5-hour TV-movie. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Good biopic
10 August 2004 | by (Wellington, NZ) – See all my reviews

The "camorra" is the Neapolitan equivalent to the Sicilian Mafia and this is a pretty good biopic, loosely based on the life of prominent "camorrista" Raffaele Cutolo.

The film deals extensively with the strong links between organized crime and politics and makes some very badly veiled allusions to modern Italian politicians and events.

From a film point of view, there's not much in the way of character development. The main character studies medicine (?) in an attempt to escape the criminal milieu he is meant for, but after being sent to jail over a crime of passion he turns into a cold, pitiless man who ruins and corrupts everyone around him. He is nothing like Brando's delicately nuanced Vito Corleone. This guy is ugly, evil and completely unredeemable.

On the plus side, the film was shot by Tornatore who was responsible for the magic Cinema Paradiso. This works as a sort of "flip side" to that films rather elegiac vision of Southern Italy.

Well worth watching, if only to see an "alternative" mafia film, where a nation's problems are most definitely NOT solved by a quickie car chase.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is this any good? daros84
Silvio Berlusconi Communications bassolinja
Discuss The Professor (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: