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1986 (UK) See more »
Murder was the only human factor in his curriculum
Vaguely inspired to the real story of boss of the Camorra's bosses Raffaele Cutolo, this is the story... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Ben Gazzara ... Il Professore
Laura del Sol ... Rosaria
Leo Gullotta ... comissario Iervolino
Marzio Honorato ... Salvatore
Luciano Bartoli ... Ciro Perrella
Nicola Di Pinto ... Alfredo Canale
Anita Zagaria ... Anna
Franco Interlenghi ... Don Saverio
Biagio Pelligra ... The Father
Maria Carta ... Madre
Lino Troisi ... Antonio 'Malacarne'
Marcello Bari
Sergio Boccalatte ... Il 'segretario' di Professore
Cloris Brosca ... Cettina
Mariella Capotorto
Aldo Castaldo

Beppe Chierici ... Il direttore del carcere
Roberto Corcione ... Joe Gambino
Terenzio Cordova
Rosario Coniglione
Michela Criscuolo
Eurilla del Bono
Helga Dentale
Pino D'Angiò ... Verzella

Mario Donatone ... Il pretore del 1° processo (as Giacinto Mario Donatone)
Jean-Pierre Duriez
Giovanni Febraro (as Giovanni Febbraro)
Antonio Ferrante
Dante Fioretti ... Il senatore
Orlando Forioso ... Frank Titas
Raffaele Fortunato
Mario Frera ... Boss del contrabbando di sigarette
Domenico Gennaro ... Domenico Spina
Raffaele Giangrande
Daniela Guzzi
Peppe Lanzetta ... L'intrattenitore dei rinfreschi (as Beppe Lanzetta)
Giuseppe Lo Presti
Franco Marino ... Tony Cuomo
Marino Masé ... Il faccendiere Sapienza
Pietro Montandon ... Un detenuto
Antonietta Morea
Gilla Novak ... Pelle di pesca
Riccardo Parisio Perrotti ... Il pretore del 2° processo (as Riccardo Perisio Perotti)
Giacomo Piperno ... Il questore
Elio Polimeno ... Gaetano Zarra
Aldo Riva
Marcello Romolo ... L'avvocato di 'O Professore
Stefano Sabelli
Severino Saltarelli
Egidio Termine
Francesco Tiano ... Un detenuto
Tullio Valli
Piero Vida ... Mimmo Mesillo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pino Ammendola ... Ciro Perrella (voice)
Lina Polito ... Rosaria (voice)
Mariano Rigillo ... Il Professore (voice)
Calogero Azzaretto ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Dolores Calò ... Woman in the Courtroom (uncredited)
Renato Cortesi ... Il membro dei servizi segreti Sapienza (voice) (uncredited)
Carlo Croccolo ... Il feudatario anziano / L'autista dei gangster / Tony Cuomo / Il senatore (voice) (uncredited)
Arturo Dominici ... Joe Gambino (voice) (uncredited)
Manlio Guardabassi ... Il prete delle nozze di Alfredo Canale / Un membro dei servizi segreti / Il magistrato che interroga il 'segretario' del 'O Professore (voice) (uncredited)
Leslie La Penna ... Frank Titas (voice) (uncredited)
Giuseppe Marrocco ... Waiter (uncredited)
Giancarlo Padoan ... Il direttore del carcere (voice) (uncredited)
Gigi Reder ... Mimmo Mesillo (voice) (uncredited)
Nino Vingelli ... Il camorrista analfabeta di Pagani (voice) (uncredited)
Luciano Zanussi ... Man of Secret Service (uncredited)

Directed by
Giuseppe Tornatore 
Writing credits
Giuseppe Tornatore (story and screenplay) &
Massimo De Rita (story and screenplay)

Giuseppe Marrazzo (inspired by the novel by)

Original Music by
Nicola Piovani 
Cinematography by
Blasco Giurato 
Film Editing by
Mario Morra 
Art Direction by
Osvaldo Desideri 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mario Maffei .... assistant director
Sound Department
Italo Cameracanna .... foley artist
Italo Cameracanna .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Massimo Cristofanelli .... special effects technician
Claudio Quaglietti .... special effects technician
Angelo Ragusa .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Massimo Barbona .... grip
Amato Gabotti .... grip
Paolo Leurini .... electrician

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Professor" - UK, USA (video title)
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171 min | South Korea:120 min | Spain:143 min (DVD edition)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Italy:VM14 | Portugal:M/16 | South Korea:18 (video rating) (1990) | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) (1989) | Sweden:15 | UK:18

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


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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Good biopic, 10 August 2004
Author: VinceInTheHutt from Wellington, NZ

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.

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