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The Terracotta Dog 

Il cane di terracotta (original title)
With a Mafia kingpin who wants to talk, a menacing hit man, and a secret cavern, Detective Montalbano's got his hands full. They all point to what may or may not be a half-century old crime.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Katharina Böhm ...
Davide Lo Verde ...
Agente Galluzzo
Peppino Mazzotta ...
Angelo Russo ...
Francesco Stella ...
Agente Gallo
Pietro Biondi ...
Giuseppe Pattavina ...
(as Pippo Patavina)
Ubaldo Lo Presti
Roberto Nobile ...
Marcello Perracchio ...
Fulvio D'Angelo
Giovanni Guardiano
Angela Leontini


Tano U Greco è latitante da 25 anni quando decide di consegnarsi a Montalbano in segreto, fingendo di essere stato scoperto. La stessa notte in cui Tano viene catturato, ad un supermercato viene rubata della merce. Un furto alquanto strano poichè il Tir con refurtiva viene ritrovato a pochi chilometri dal luogo del furto. Nonostante tutte le precauzioni però Tano viene ucciso durante un trasferimento e Montalbano, che dietro indicazioni ricevute da Tano, aveva scoperto un deposito di armi in una grotta, viene minacciato. Senza dar peso alle minacce il commissario in un sopralluogo successivo nella grotta scopre due scheletri vecchi di cinquant'anni vegliati da un cane di terracotta. La situzione si fa sempre più intricata e pericolosa. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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9 May 2000 (Italy)  »

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Follows Inspector Montalbano: The Sandwich Thief (1999) See more »

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Slightly Confusing Episode of a Thoroughly Entertaining Series
26 July 2014 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Revolving round a plot of two long-interred bodies, a terracotta dog, some obsolete money and possible Mafia links, this episode of INSPECTOR MONTALBANO comes across as slightly confusing in terms of plot- construction. For the first hour, it seems that the resolution will have a lot to do with the Mafia, or at least some secret organization that appears to have faked a robbery at a local supermarket, forcing some of the plotters involved to invent an elaborate cover-up story. Montalbano finds out the truth behind it; that it involves a good deal of arms smuggling. However the terracotta dog plot has a lot to do with star-crossed lovers, neither of whom appear to have possessed any links to a secret organization. Eventually Montalbano has to stage a ruse in order to flush out the one person who can tell him the truth about the lovers' fate. Unlike other episodes, there are too many expository scenes in which characters recall the past while talking to the Inspector. The action remains largely undramatic save for a shoot-out sequence where the Inspector is seriously wounded and has to spend some considerable tine recovering in hospital.

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