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Ginostra (2002)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  29 January 2003 (France)
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An FBI Agent from America and his bride and young child travel to the Sicilian island of Ginostra to solve the murder of a key witness.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Benson
Elena Gigli
Stefano Dionisi ...
Giovanni Gigli
Del Piero
Mattia De Martino ...
Ettore Greco (as Mattia do Martino)
The Nun
Luigi Maria Burruano ...
Ettore's Uncle
Angela Goodwin ...
Mother Superior
Veronica Lazar ...
Suzanna Del Piero
Maurizio Nicolosi ...
Tony Palazzo ...
Stefano Greco
Mia Benedetta ...
Elena's Aunt
Mirella Mezzeranghi ...
Danielle Marie Valenti ...


Matt Benson, an FBI investigator, has been posted to the island of Panarea in the Lipari archipelago within the framework of an agreement between the USA and Italy. He has been allocated a comfortable, well-protected house with vast grounds and a private cove facing the Ginostra volcano. This delights his wife Jessie and their 5-year-old daughter Tina. A few days after they arrive, a 11-year-old boy, Ettore Greco, a Mafia victim, is questioned by Matt about the death of his whole family in a car bombing. For security reasons, Matt decides to bring Ettore to the house where he is living. This artificial adoption gradually reveals the tragic secret binding Matt to the child, a secret Jessie knows nothing about. From secrets to lies, the atmosphere in the villa slowly leads the Benson family to the gates of hell. Outside is the danger, inside is the fear. In between is an orphan child... Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language, some sexuality/nudity and brief violence | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

29 January 2003 (France)  »

Also Known As:

El misterio de Ginostra  »

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Have Vacation With Your Family In Mafia Territory While Performing an Investigation of a Crime Committed by a Mobster Boss - Long, Boring, Confused Screenplay Without Credibility and Beautiful Landscapes
14 June 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Italy, in the Sicilian island of Ginostra, Matt Benson (Harvey Keitel) is a FBI agent assigned for the protection and investigation of Ettore Greco (Mattia de Martino), the son of Stefano Greco, a cooker of the Mafia executed with his family by one of the local boss. The boy witnessed the crime and Matt wants also to find out who has double-crossed him in the protection of the boy's father. This long story is very boring, having a confused screenplay without credibility. Who could imagine an experienced American agent, who does not speak Italian, bringing his family for a period of vacation in Mafia territory while performing an important investigation of a crime committed by one of the mobster boss? The great cast and the beautiful `sightseeing' of wonderful landscapes in the Italian islands and the gorgeous eyes and lips of Francesca Neri exhaustively showed by the director Manuel Pradal is not enough to make this movie attractive. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): ` O Vulcão Ginostra' (` The Volcano Ginostra')

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