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Porte aperte (1990)

R | | Drama | 29 March 1990 (Italy)
Tommaso Scalia is a man who commits three murders: he killed his superior who sacked him, he kills the man who replaced him, and he kills his own wife. He wants a quick trial and an early ... See full summary »

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Judge Vito Di Francesco
Ennio Fantastichini ...
Tommaso Scalia
Renato Carpentieri ...
Console
Tuccio Musumeci ...
Lawyer Spatafora
Silverio Blasi ...
Attorney
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Rosa Scalia
Giacomo Piperno ...
Prosecutor
Lidia Alfonsi ...
Marchesa Anna Pironti
Renzo Giovampietro ...
President Sanna
Antonio Appierto ...
Lo Prete
Nicola Badalucco ...
Dr. Canillo
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Turi Catanzaro ...
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Domenico Gennaro ...
Man at cemetery
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Tommaso Scalia is a man who commits three murders: he killed his superior who sacked him, he kills the man who replaced him, and he kills his own wife. He wants a quick trial and an early execution, but an earnest, principled assistant judge looks for a way to save the murderer from being shot, because he does not belive in capital punishment. Although he manages to save the man initially, he will pay a high price for it. Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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29 March 1990 (Italy)  »

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As Portas da Justiça  »

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$123,470 (USA)
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In the novel that inspired the movie, no details are given about Tommaso Scalia' sons. It is only told that he and his wife have three kids. In the movie they have one son who is named Leonardo after the name of Leonardo Sciascia, the author of the novel. See more »

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Edited into Lo schermo a tre punte (1995) See more »

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Intelligent examination of guilt and justice
10 September 2010 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Sober, slow, beautifully photographed study of a murder trial in 1930s fascist Italy.

The accused is clearly guilty, but one judge, opposed to the death penalty, is determined to understand the man and his motives rather than join the rush to execute him and be done with it.

Some terrific, subtle acting. But the ideas get a bit clunky in the last third – more didactic, less nuanced. And while I enjoyed and admired the film, I wasn't really moved by it. That said, I will certainly re-watch it at some point, and moments have really stuck with me over time.


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