Inspector Montalbano: Season 2, Episode 2

The Terracotta Dog (9 May 2000)
"Il cane di terracotta" (original title)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Katharina Böhm ...
Livia Burlando
Davide Lo Verde ...
Agente Galluzzo
Peppino Mazzotta ...
Ispettore Giuseppe Fazio
Angelo Russo ...
Agente Catarella
Francesco Stella ...
Agente Gallo
Pietro Biondi ...
Giuseppe Pattavina ...
(as Pippo Patavina)
Ubaldo Lo Presti
Roberto Nobile ...
Nicolò Zito
Marcello Perracchio ...
Dottor Pasquano
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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A wartime murder
4 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode opens with Montalbano and his team raiding the hide out of Tano U Greco, an elderly Mafia boss who has been a fugitive for years; it turns out the old man had approached the inspector requesting to be arrested; the younger generation were clearing out the old guard and he feared for his life but didn't want to be seen turning himself in. The plan doesn't go to well as news of his arrest is leaked and the cars transporting him to Palermo are ambushed. He is mortally wounded but is able to tell Montalbano about a cave that has been used to hide contraband since the war. Inside the cave they find an arsenal; that isn't all though; Montalbano also finds two dead bodies and a statue of a dog; they have clearly been there a long time but who are they, who killed them and why were they left in the cave like that? While still investigating the weaponry Montalbano finds time to investigate this very old crime.

This was yet another fine episode in the series; Luca Zingaretti is brilliant in the role of Montalbano; very funny without being a comic character. The story this week was interesting; I liked how what was an investigation into the Mafia changed into a murder case where it would be unlikely that anybody would be alive to bring to justice; the inspector just wanted to know the truth. It wasn't all asking questions and searching caves though; there were some tense moments too; none more so than when Montalbano had to return fire when ambushed by a couple of rifle wielding assassins! If you've enjoyed previous episodes I'm sure you will enjoy this one.

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