Reviews

Watch Now

From $3.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
2008  
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Young Montalbano (TV Series 2012)
Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The young "Commissario" detective Salvo Montalbano, based in the fictitious village of Vigata, solves mysterious crimes in Sicilia.

Stars: Michele Riondino, Andrea Tidona, Fabrizio Pizzuto
Inspector Montalbano (TV Series 1999)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Detective Montalbano solves crimes in Sicily.

Stars: Luca Zingaretti, Peppino Mazzotta, Angelo Russo
Inspector Nardone (TV Mini-Series 2012)
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Series set in post-war Milan, where Inspector Nardone is sent after an altercation with his previous boss. Can his squad of under-appreciated poliziotti clean up Milan? A local news ... See full summary »

Stars: Sergio Assisi, Samantha Michela Capitoni, Franco Castellano
Salamander (2012–2018)
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A police inspector investigates the robbery of 66 safe deposit boxes at a private bank in Brussels.

Stars: Filip Peeters, Koen De Bouw, Mike Verdrengh
Il capitano (2005–2007)
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Stars: Giuliano Gemma, Antonio Ianiello, Luigi Petrucci
Braquo (TV Series 2009)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Four police officers of the SDPJ Hauts-de-Seine, Eddie Caplan, Walter Morlighem, Theo Wachevski and Roxane Delgado have their lives turned upside down when their colleague, Max, committed ... See full summary »

Stars: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Joseph Malerba, Karole Rocher
Elisa di Rivombrosa (TV Series 2003)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The love story of Elisa Scalzi, a woman honest but poor and Conte Fabrizio Ristori, a very rich man. Their love is obstacled by a congioure and Lucrezia, a woman who also fall in love with Fabrizio.

Stars: Vittoria Puccini, Alessandro Preziosi, Antonella Fattori
Beauty and the Beast (TV Mini-Series 2014)
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Belle's father owes Prince Leon money, but can't pay, so he gives him his daughter until he's able to pay.

Stars: Léa Bosco, Giusy Buscemi, Jaime Olías
Hinterland (TV Mini-Series 2013)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A noir crime drama set in Aberystwyth, Wales, where troubled DCI Tom Mathias solves murders while searching for redemption.

Stars: Richard Harrington, Mali Harries, Alex Harries
Spiral (TV Series 2005)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Follows criminal investigations in Paris from all the different points of view of a criminal investigation.

Stars: Caroline Proust, Audrey Fleurot, Philippe Duclos
Scott & Bailey (TV Series 2011)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Two female detectives, one motherly, the other emotionally immature, have varying levels of success applying their eccentric outlooks on life to their police cases and private lives.

Stars: Suranne Jones, Lesley Sharp, Tony Mooney
Tango per la Libertà (TV Mini-Series 2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Stars: Alessandro Preziosi, Rocío Muñoz, Giorgio Marchesi
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Alessandro Preziosi ...
 Commissario Achille De Luca (4 episodes, 2008)
Corrado Fortuna ...
 Leopoldo Pugliese (4 episodes, 2008)
Rolando Ravello ...
 Roberto Rassetto (3 episodes, 2008)
Raffaella Rea ...
 Valeria Suvich (2 episodes, 2008)
Angelica Leo ...
 Graziella (2 episodes, 2008)
Mino Manni
(2 episodes, 2008)
Stefano Pesce ...
 Guido Leonardi (2 episodes, 2008)
...
 Man / ... (2 episodes, 2008)
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

tv mini series | italy | fascism | See All (3) »

Genres:

Drama | War

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2008 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Detective De Luca  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #19.55 (2014) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Spectacularly good Italian mini-series, intensely compelling and interesting
13 May 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful mini-series of four full-length films starring Alessandro Preziosi as a detective, Inspector de Luca, which has been shown on the BBC. The series is far superior to the Inspector Montalbano films which have also been on British television, and are rather disappointing and superficial. The action of this mini-series takes place between 1938 and 1948, and it is a real lesson in Italian history, about how dangerous it was to live there during those years. These films were all directed by Antonio Frazzi, who used to direct films jointly with his brother Andrea Frazzi, who died in 2006. The films are all sadly dedicated at the end 'ad Andrea' ('to Andrea'). Frazzi is an absolutely brilliant director, and there is no doubt that we are missing something here, because his directing and the wonderful performances from his actors are so superb, that there is a definite disconnect which has resulted in our not knowing about all this sensational Italian talent. It is clearly time for the Italians to be 'discovered' in the way that the Danes have been, for these are true Italian film noir detective films at their most fascinating and irresistible. Somebody should try and properly market the DVD (which has English subtitles) and put some energy behind it, as I discovered it purely by accident. Detective film addicts would fall over themselves if they knew how good this was. And it is a tragedy that only four films were made, as the series should have gone on and on for years. The most overwhelming personality in the films is the actress Raffaella Rea, who appears in two episodes as de Luca's love of his life, Valeria Suvich. She is definitely one of the hottest gals any screen has to offer these days. I wonder if she speaks any English. If so, she could rival any Hollywood siren and run rings around most of the usual 'babes'. It is high time Rea was discovered, as she is a natural-born superstar. When she turns on 'the look', she can reduce any man to pulp in a milli-second. And she does this repeatedly with poor Inspector de Luca, who can resist her about as well as an incurable alcoholic can resist a strong drink that has just been placed in his eager hand. Sizzle, sizzle! Gulp Gulp! The Italians have always been good at passion, but Rea takes it to new heights. As for Preziosi, he is an ingenious choice for the lead character, tall, reticent, thoughtful, a loner, and fanatically dedicated to his work. He is just right for the part. He wends his way through all the extreme right and extreme left politics of his time, constantly in peril of his life, with dexterity and luck. The fantastic corruption of the Mussolini Era is shown in chilling and menacing detail. All those arrogant people who say 'I know Il Duce', all the fascist salutes which people have to give if they are not to be taken away and shot, the terrifying networks of threat and evil, it is all brought to life in a way we outside Italy rarely if ever have seen. Then the chaos of the aftermath of the War occurs, and de Luca is thrown into situations where he ends up working with the partisans and the communists, and so many people want to kill him that we lose count. But all he wants to do is solve his murder cases, and he goes up against all the established power structures in a fearless manner. In this series of films, the detective is not just solving hopelessly complex and mysterious cases, he is fighting political establishments and organised corruption and gangsterism every step of the way. We are left simply breathless at the danger and intricacy of it all. The films are based on novels by someone whose name appears not to be recorded on IMDb, but IMDb does record a great number of writers for the series, including the two Frazzi brothers. The scripts are excellent, although they appear to have been composed by committee. Certainly there are a lot of villains in the stories, all of them people who are corrupt because of their political connections. In a way, the films are really first and foremost studies of life under fascism and under the chaos of post-fascism, with all the detective elements added on top. This series therefore has a much greater depth and interest than any other detective series I have ever seen. I should point out that the Mafia does not feature anywhere in the stories, which is set in the northern half of the country, and the corruption portrayed is therefore of a different order. The series is thus not in any way a pastiche of our ideas of a country dominated by the Mafia. The truth is in a way worse, while being far more complex. Perhaps I should mention that the Italian Supreme Court has today announced that it has officially concluded that Berlusconi was working with the Mafia for 20 years. Well, I never! In this film, there is a wonderful supporting character called Pugliese, who is charmingly played by Corrado Fortuna, who more recently has appeared in Woody Allen's TO ROME WITH LOVE (2012). Throughout the series there is a running joke about Pugliese's love for food and cooking because he comes from the South, and he has his fresh peppers sent to him by his mother, grown in his home village. He supports de Luca through thick and thin, in all the struggles with corrupt officialdom. This mini-series is a truly wonderful accomplishment, and deserves to be widely seen for what it tells us about Italy during a crucial ten years of its history, as well as for the riveting story-telling and solving of seemingly impossible criminal conspiracies. It cannot be recommended highly enough.


10 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Opinions now it's finished? badgerking10
Showing on BBC4 badgerking10
'Night of the Generals' mark5000910
Discuss Il commissario De Luca (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?