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Giuseppe Tornatore (story) &
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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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Very good gangster movie See more (6 total) »


  (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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First theatrical film directed by Giuseppe Tornatore.See more »


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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Very good gangster movie, 2 July 2006
Author: D_vd_B from Netherlands

The main reasons why I bought this movie, are that it finally shows the Camorra and because of Tornatore. I read that this movie was banned in Napels, but I forgot the actual reason. Maybe it was banned because it gave politicians a bad name or because the Camorra was against it.

This movie has many things that the most (Hollywood) gangster movies are missing; gritty look, realistic gore and NOT glorifying crime. The Tornatore directing is very good; it's maybe not as superb as his "Legend of 1900" or "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso" but that's okay, especially for a debut.

Ben Gazzara is good enough as The Professor (Raffaele Cutolo). He appears to me as a real Camorra capo (cunning, cruel and evil) would be. The only thing that bothered me about his acting, is that it looks a little silly when he goes crazy and bangs his head to the glass, but the dubbing isn't really helping there.

The supporting cast is quite good. Some of them also make their appearance in La Piovra (Nicola Di Pinto) and some even in Godfather Part 3 (The assassin from Sicily plays a magistrate here). There were no actors that bothered me or anything.

The soundtrack is good. It's no Morricone, but you cannot expect that from every Italian movie.

The DVD (EAN 5050232700587) is not very good. It is in English with no subtitles. The picture quality is bad, but still watchable. The sound is OK. There are no specials on the disc and for a movie of 144 minutes long, it has a very small number of scenes.

If you like La Piovra, you like this. If you don't like La Piovra, you can also like this, but it's a little different than what most people are used to.

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