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The Sandwich Thief 

Il ladro di merendine (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 6 May 1999
An elderly merchant is found murdered and a young woman who may have been involved with him disappears the same day. Montalbano has to solve it quickly, along with finding out who's been stealing some school kids' lunches.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Katharina Böhm ...
Livia Burlando
Guia Jelo ...
Signora Lapecora (as Guja Ielo)
Mimì Augello
Lohengrin Pera
Jonis Bashir ...
Mouna Noureddine ...
Biagio Pelligra ...
Gigliola Raja ...
Clementina Vasile Cozzo
Pietro Biondi ...
Ubaldo Lo Presti ...
Pippo Ragonese
Nicolò Zito
Marcello Perracchio ...
Dottor Pasquano
Davide Lo Verde ...
Agente Galluzzo
Ispettore Giuseppe Fazio


Un tunisino viene ucciso su un peschereccio che attracca a Vigata ed Augello è incaricato delle indagini. Il giorno dopo Aurelio Lapecora viene trovato morto nell'ascensore di casa e la moglie è convinta che ad ucciderlo sia stato l'amante del marito, la tunisina Kerima che nel frattempo è scomparsa. Il commissario Montalbano viene a sapere da Aisha, con la quale viveva Kerima con il figlio François, di un libretto di risparmio di Kerima con trecentomilioni di lire. E proprio mentre torna a casa si imbatte in un vigile alle prese con una torma di gente urlante: pare che in giro ci sia un ladro che si diverte a rubare le merendine dei bambini. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Gives a different perspective of Sicily
13 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

Think of Sicily and the images that are conjured up may be of a harsh arid land where organised crime rules without impunity and corruption is rife. "Il ladro di merendine" or "The Snack Thief" as it is called in Australia, is the first of the Inspector Montalbano series of TV movies and it shows that there is much more to Sicily than what is seen in American Mafia movies. Luca Zingaretti plays Salvo Montalbano, a police inspector (Commissario) in a Sicilian town with a cynicism and world-weariness similar his British counterparts Morse and Frost. He is assisted by a band of devoted agents with varying degrees of competence (Angelo Russo gives wonderfully comic moments as the bumbling Catarella) as well as his girlfriend Livia (Katharina Bohm). The Snack Thief begins with Montalbano investigating the stabbing murder of a wealthy businessman in the elevator of the block of flats where he lived. However, things are never straightforward for Montalbano and his investigation leads him into a world of blackmail and conspiracy. In the middle of all this, is a young Tunisan boy, Fahrid, who Montalbano takes into his home while searching for the boy's mother. This is a wonderful production with superb cinematography showing the best of the Sicilian countryside. Sure the violence and corruption is shown (it is, after all, a police drama) but it merely forms part of the background for the far more interesting human drama. Kudos to SBS Australia for bringing this wonderful series to the wider, English-speaking audience.

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