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Release Date:
30 September 2005 (Italy) See more »
Set in the 1970s, it's the story of three lifelong friends who take control of organized crime in Rome. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Kim Rossi Stuart ... Il Freddo

Anna Mouglalis ... Patrizia / Cinzia

Pierfrancesco Favino ... Libano

Claudio Santamaria ... Il Dandi

Stefano Accorsi ... Commissario Scialoja

Riccardo Scamarcio ... Il Nero

Jasmine Trinca ... Roberta
Toni Bertorelli ... La Voce
Gigi Angelillo ... Zio Carlo

Antonello Fassari ... Ciro Buffoni

Elio Germano ... Il Sorcio

Franco Interlenghi ... Barone Rosellini
Donato Placido ... Colussi

Massimo Popolizio ... Il Terribile
Gianmarco Tognazzi ... Carenza (as Gian Marco Tognazzi)
Francesco Venditti ... Bufalo
Chiara Alberti ... Fidanzata del francese
Claudio Amato ... Bernardino Scafa
Marco Bauccio ... Il Freddo piccolo
Claudio Bonivento ... Magistrato
Roberto Brunetti ... Aldo Buffoni
Giorgio Careccia ... Fierolocchio
Claudio Coen ... Tecnico scientifica
Bruno Conti ... Gemito

Alexander Brooks ... Il Francese (as Leslie Csuth)
Eleonora Danco ... Filomena
Giancarlo De Cataldo ... Giudice
Michael David Fitzpatrick ... Antiquario
Stefano Fresi ... Secco (as Favete Linguis)
Emiliano Giuliani ... Libano piccolo
Roberto Infascelli ... Gigio
Nicolò Malfatti ... Il Dandi piccolo
Daniele Miglio ... Scrocchiazeppi
Antonino Milana ... Benzinaio
Brenno Placido ... Andrea

Michele Placido ... Padre Freddo
Guido Quintozzi ... Dott. Mainardi
Andrea Ricciardi ... Ricotta
Joseph Scarlata ... Cencio
Giorgio Sgobbi ... Avvocato Vasta
Benedito Sicca ... Ranocchia
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Silvio Berlusconi ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Angelo Gullotti ... Ragazzo di strada (uncredited)
Aldo Moro ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tommaso Palladino ... Napoletano (uncredited)

Pope John Paul II ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Massimo Vanni ... Guardiaspalle (uncredited)
Bruno Vespa ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Michele Placido 
Writing credits
Giancarlo De Cataldo (novel)

Stefano Rulli (screenplay) &
Sandro Petraglia (screenplay) and
Giancarlo De Cataldo (screenplay) and
Michele Placido (screenplay)

Produced by
Marco Chimenz .... co-producer
Fabio Conversi .... co-producer
Terence S. Potter .... co-producer
Jacqueline Quella .... co-producer
Bruno Ridolfi .... executive producer
Giovanni Stabilini .... co-producer
Riccardo Tozzi .... co-producer
Original Music by
Paolo Buonvino 
Cinematography by
Luca Bigazzi 
Film Editing by
Esmeralda Calabria 
Casting by
Federico Giorgio Ridolfi 
Production Design by
Paola Comencini 
Set Decoration by
Maurizio Leonardi 
Costume Design by
Nicoletta Taranta 
Production Management
Paolo Venditti .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fabio Casti .... second second assistant director
Federico Giorgio Ridolfi .... first assistant director
Samanta Sollima .... second assistant director
Art Department
Francesco Fonda .... art department assistant
Massimo Papini .... leadman
Sound Department
Jacopo Anzellotti .... sound effects editor
Luca Anzellotti .... sound effects editor
Massimo Anzellotti .... foley artist
Nigel Bennett .... sound mix technician
Dario Calvari .... assistant sound editor
Francesco Cucinelli .... supervising sound mixer
Mike Dowson .... re-recording mixer
Paul Govey .... re-recording mixer
Mario Iaquone .... sound recordist
Luigi Melchionda .... boom operator
Silvia Moraes .... sound editor
Antonio Pulli .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Luciano Anzellotti .... sound effects
Luca Ricci .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Francesco Canonico .... visual effects
Massimo Cipollina .... visual effects
Emanuele Comotti .... digital compositor
Emanuele Di Bacco .... visual effects
Dionisio Greco .... scanning & film recording assistant
Fabio Leporelli .... digital effects artist
Fabio Luongo .... digital artist
Claudio Napoli .... visual effects coordinator
Fabrizio Pistone .... film scanner operator
Corrado Rizzo .... digital effects supervisor
Gian Luca Rizzo .... visual effects producer
Nicola Sganga .... visual effects
Giuseppe Squillaci .... visual effects
Fabio Zaveti .... digital compositor: Proxima
Paolo Zeccara .... visual effects supervisor
Massimiliano Bianchi .... stunt rigger
Alessandro Borgese .... stunt performer
Anderson Martin .... stunt rigger
Bianchi Massimiliano .... stunt rigger
Gianluca Petrazzi .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Diego Allegro .... Steadicam operator
Luan Amelio .... second assistant camera: b camera
Salvatore Bognanni .... assistant camera
Salvatore Bognanni .... first focus puller
Paolo Cafiero .... second assistant camera
Daria D'Antonio .... camera operator: "b" camera
Francesco Galli .... electrician
Patrizio Marra .... grip
Michele Paradisi .... second assistant camera: additional photography
Mauro Pezzotti .... grip
Fabio Policastro .... electrician
Alessandro Saulini .... gaffer
Marta Spedaletti .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emanuela Naccarati .... assistant costume designer
Veronica Palucci .... trainee costumer
Editorial Department
Fabio Ferranti .... assistant editor
Andrea Orsini .... color timer
Music Department
Joshua Berman .... music coordinator
Angelo Giovagnoli .... orchestra coordinator
David Mitcham .... conductor
Steve Parr .... music mixer
Steve Parr .... music recordist
Other crew
Joshua Berman .... co-production supervisor
Carmela Compagnone .... accountant
Stefania De Santis .... dialogue coach
Flavio De Simone .... assistant accountant
Alexia De Vito .... production assistant
Daniele Esposito .... production assistant
Marco Landolfi .... set accountant
Enrico Pacciani .... product placement
Carla Maria Perrina .... accounting payroll clerk
Nathanaël Poupin .... legal and business affairs
Raffaella Ridolfi .... unit manager
Kerri J. Spangaro .... production assistant
Tommaso Vozzi .... production assistant
Claudia Catani .... voice dubbing: Anna Mouglalis (uncredited)
Giovanni Meglio .... runner: production unit (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Romanzo criminale" - Italy (original title)
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152 min | 174 min (extended version)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2010) | France:12 | Ireland:16 | Italy:T | Netherlands:16 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15

Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: In the scene where Gigio lies dead in the hospital his chest rises as he takes a breath.See more »
Another one bites the dustSee more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Better than expected, 11 April 2012
Author: Dave from Ottawa from Canada

As the history of modern (1970-95) Italy plays out - the kidnapping of Aldo Mora, the Bologna bombing etc. - a ruthless gang of outsiders are successfully muscling in on Rome's lucrative drug and gambling rackets. Meanwhile, a hard-nosed detective is tracking their activities, seeking evidence to put them away. And lurking even deeper in the background are State black ops figures who may or may not be manipulating both the criminals and the events themselves.

I was expecting the sort of cheap crime exploitation movie that proliferated in Italian cinema back in the 70s, but this is a different, much more ambitious and better type of movie. Crime Novel is structured very much like an Italian version of American Gangster. It has the same intimate yet gritty feel, the same long slow story arc, playing out over years against a background of world events; the dedicated cop who seems like the only police official who sees his duty as catching criminals rather than taking bribes; and drug dealers who see themselves as businessmen providing a service rather than villains, and most of time they are.

The focus is clearly on the gang. They grew up together in the streets. Crime and friendship are what holds them together. They have strong loyalties to those closest to them but can be ruthless to those who oppose them. Individually, they have frailties, but together they are formidable. The script is structured to provide each of the central characters with plenty of screen time, and its strong dialogue and intimate tone create very multi-dimensional and mostly sympathetic portraits.

The resulting movie is very watchable and a worthy companion piece to movies like Carlito's Way, Scarface and American Gangster. Recommended.

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