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Excellent Cadavers (1999)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama, Crime, Thriller  |  16 October 1999 (USA)
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Fact based story about the political battle that was waged against the Mafia in Sicily during the late 1980's and early 1990's. Chazz Palminteri plays Giovanni Falcone, a crusading ... See full summary »



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Fact based story about the political battle that was waged against the Mafia in Sicily during the late 1980's and early 1990's. Chazz Palminteri plays Giovanni Falcone, a crusading prosecutor who tried to use money trails as a way to attack the mobsters. He is aided by a former mobster (F. Murray Abraham) who volunteers to turn state's evidence after his sons are killed by a renegade mob chief. With the mobster's help, the prosecutor was able to obtain over 300 convictions. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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They have a name for government officials who defy the mafia...excellent cadavers.


Drama | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »





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Release Date:

16 October 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Falcone  »

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$6,695 (USA) (14 July 2006)


$10,390 (USA) (14 July 2006)

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The woman who catches the bouquet at Giovanni Falcone and Francesca Morvillo's wedding is Simona Izzo, director Ricky Tognazzi's wife. See more »


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Gripping recreation of facts
2 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

Because it's based on facts, you begin to watch this movie knowing perfectly well what's going to happen and what the ending will be - nevertheless, it's gripping and deeply involving. The story of judge Falcone is faithully recreated - though too shortened for my liking - and does him justice. Chazz Palminteri plays Falcone much better than I expected, and while F. Murray Abraham does not look like the real Tommasso Buscetta, he does a fair portrayal of a "man of honour". The role and part of Toto Riina, while secondary, is worth mentioning too - it's truly frightening!

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