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In the Name of the Law (1949)

In nome della legge (original title)
A young, by-the-book judge is appointed to a Sicilian village controlled by corrupt leaders and the mafia.


Pietro Germi


Giuseppe Mangione (story), Giuseppe Guido Lo Schiavo (novel) (as G.G. Loschiavo) | 5 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Massimo Girotti ... Il pretore Guido Schiavi
Jone Salinas Jone Salinas ... La baronessa Teresa Lo Vasto
Camillo Mastrocinque Camillo Mastrocinque ... Il barone Lo Vasto
Charles Vanel ... Massaro Turi Passalacqua
Saro Urzì ... Il maresciallo Grifò
Turi Pandolfini Turi Pandolfini ... Don Fifì
Peppino Spadaro Peppino Spadaro ... L'avvocato Faraglia
Saro Arcidiacono Saro Arcidiacono ... Il cancelliere
Ignazio Balsamo Ignazio Balsamo ... Francesco Messana
Nanda De Santis Nanda De Santis ... Lorenzina La Scaniota
Nadia Niver Nadia Niver ... Bastianedda
Aldo Sguazzini Aldo Sguazzini ... Leopoldo Pappalardo
Alfio Macrì Alfio Macrì ... Il sindaco Leopoldo Pappalardo
Carmelo Olivieri Carmelo Olivieri ... Don Peppino


A mule cart crosses the countryside. Two bandits push the driver off and, when he resists, kill him. The bandits steal the mules... The town of Capodarso, Sicily. The Baron doesn't want help from Mafia boss Passalacqua to recover his stolen mules. A new judge is arriving... At the station, the new judge Schiavi meets the departing judge Pisani. Schiavi is young, but he's Sicilian and set on changing the old ways... A man in town has been shot, Aleo, one of the bandits. Before he dies, he refuses to name his killer but looks strangely at Messana in the doorway. The other bandit, Vanni, is on the run... Schiavi learns that much of the town is unemployed because the mine is closed. The mine is owned by the Baron's beautiful wife, but the Baron runs it. Why keep the mine closed in spite of the old court order to reopen? Schiavi goes to the mine to investigate. He is confronted by Passalacqua and his band of armed horsemen... Written by David Carless

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Actually Filmed in the Heart of Sicily!


Crime | Drama


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tense sicilian drama
30 August 2019 | by happytrigger-64-390517See all my reviews

I just can't believe it, only 1 review for this tense sicilian drama full of psychological details and lot of twists. "In nomme della legge" is the story of the new judge arriving in a small mountain village and facing all kind of rivalries, especially with owners (like in western). The tension is getting faster and faster, more and more violent. All the casting is extraordinary, of course Massimo Girotti, and as always Charles Vanel. I can swear that the final is a real slap that every villager have in their face, as for the viewers. I really don't undestand why so many masterpieces like this one are forgotten.

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19 February 1949 (France) See more »

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