Romanzo Criminale (2005)
"Romanzo criminale" (original title)

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Set in the 1970s, it's the story of three lifelong friends who take control of organized crime in Rome.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Toni Bertorelli ...
La Voce
Gigi Angelillo ...
Zio Carlo
Ciro Buffoni
Il Sorcio
Barone Rosellini
Donato Placido ...
Il Terribile
Gianmarco Tognazzi ...
Carenza (as Gian Marco Tognazzi)


Italy, the 1970s, in the grip of molded politics, corruption and the mafia. A small circle of friends grows up in Rome and decides to use their skills and connections with organized crime and specialists to carve out their own share. Thus Il Freddo, Libano and Il Dandi builds up a rogue crime empire. Commissario Scialoja however gives chase, successfully once he can play on the breakdown of their loyalty, especially from Patrizia 'Cinzia'. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

30 September 2005 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Kings of Crime  »

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$818,418 (Italy) (30 September 2005)


$2,215,402 (Europe) (7 October 2005)

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Director Michele Placido wanted Paz Vega to play Patrizia but she could not take on the role because of scheduling conflicts. Anna Mouglalis was cast instead. See more »


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Italian non-Mafia gangster film
26 October 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The most famous criminal within Italy is easily the Mafia, but here is a film that shows a crime organisation that was not link them.

Set in the 70s and 80s Romanzo Criminale tells the story of three friends Ice (Kim Rossi Stuart), Lebanese (Riccardo Scamarcio) and Dandy (Claudio Santamaria) who in the 70s rise up the Rome underworld, forming a gang to kidnap wealthy people, drug dealing and murdering the heads of rival gangs. They quickly raise to the top, with Ice and Dandy finding love on the way, Ice with a pretty young tutor Roberta (Jasmine Trinca) and Dandy with an up-market escort Patrizia (Anna Mouglalis). The gang have to face a number of threats, from Communist Terrorists, the Italian government and the very demanded police commissioner Scialoja (Stefano Accorsi).

Romanzo Criminale is a very well acted film, with excellent performances across the board. Many of the actors in the film should have a good future ahead of them. There a good action set pieces, with Michele Placido being very skilled behind the camera. The film is violence but not OTT. He pacing can be a little slow at times, but he knew what he was doing, showing both the gangster side of the film with the more personal and tender moments. However, his opening credit scene felt too much like a Guy Ritchie film and should have avoided that. They is a strong script, with a lot of elements and subplots throughout the film. They is a quite a lot to follow so needs a few viewings. The soundtrack is also very notable.

A very worthy film.

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