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Excellent Cadavers (1999)

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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 <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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

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16 October 1999 (USA)  »

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

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$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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The events in this film take place in 1992. For their anniversary, Francesca Falcone gives Giovanni Claudio Abbado's Deutsche Grammophon recording of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. The cover of the CD box is shown around 1:17:06 of the DVD, According to DG's web site, the international release date of the recording was July 3, 1995. See more »

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A docudrama with the emphasis on "docu"
10 February 2004 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Excellent Cadavers" is an HBO docudrama which tells the story of Italian hero Giovanni Falcone; a Sicilian judge who dared to take on the Mafia in its homeland and did more to rid Sicily of its age old scourge than any other man since Mussolini. As with most docudramas, this film leapfrogs through time hitting the historical high-points while trying to maintain continuity and build a dramatic tale. The result is a better history lesson than dramatic biography and a film which will play best for those with a specific interest in the Sicilian Mafia of the late 20 century. (B-)


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