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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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The great Guiseppe Tornatore's somewhat forgotten cinema debut,an effective if familiar gangster saga 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 
Production Design by
Antonio Visone 
Art Direction by
Osvaldo Desideri 
Set Decoration by
Osvaldo Desideri 
Production Management
Roberto Cuomo .... production manager
Enzo Silvestri .... unit manager
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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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
The great Guiseppe Tornatore's somewhat forgotten cinema debut,an effective if familiar gangster saga, 18 March 2006
Author: DrLenera from UK

The first feature from Cinema Paradiso man Guiseppe Tornatore,this is quite unlike his other films. It's a fairly generic but solid gangster saga along Scarface lines,and is loosely based on fact. There's little of the beauty and lyricism you would expect from Tornatore,but he proves himself perfectly adequate to the demands of the mob genre.

With a very strong performance from the erratic Ben Gazzara as the anti hero of the title {especially good in the latter sections when he starts to lose his mind},it's your basic rags-to-riches-to-comeuppance story,and indeed there is much that is very familiar. Nevetheless,there are a few original touches,such as having Gazzara's character rise to the top using his brains rather than violence and do it mostly while he is stuck in prison. Having his sister co-run the business with him is also a novel touch,and politicians are shown to be as crooked as the gangsters. The surprisingly low key ending is also very well judged.

Moving at quite a fast pace despite it's two and a half hour length,there are plenty of the expected brutal stabbings and shootings,well staged if a little repetitive. One very bloody murder in a shower is especially memorable,yet here as in some other scenes,we actually don't see all of the gory detail,just enough to make it effective.

Il Camorrista is a little choppy and has the odd awkward edit,as if it had been cut down from a much longer film. Still,gangster movie fans will find plenty to enjoy,and the film deserves more than the current UK DVD,which has shoddy picture quality,is badly dubbed and fullscreen!

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