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Mafia (1968)

Il giorno della civetta (original title)
M | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 1970 (USA)
Following a murder in a small Sicilian town, the new chief of the Carabinieri must fight corrupt officials, the frightened silence of witnesses and the local Mafia boss in order to solve the case.


Damiano Damiani
5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudia Cardinale ... Rosa Nicolosi
Franco Nero ... Capt. Bellodi
Lee J. Cobb ... Don Mariano Arena
Tano Cimarosa ... Zecchinetta (as Gaetano Cimarosa)
Nehemiah Persoff ... Pizzuco
Ennio Balbo Ennio Balbo ... First Mafioso at the Banquet
Ugo D'Alessio Ugo D'Alessio ... Second Mafioso at the Banquet
Fred Coplan Fred Coplan ... Brigadier
Giovanni Pallavicino Giovanni Pallavicino ... Police Sergeant
Giuseppe Lauricella Giuseppe Lauricella ... La Stella
Vincenzo Falanga Vincenzo Falanga ... Colosimo
Laura De Marchi ... Daughter of Don Mariano
Brizio Montinaro ... Son of Marshal
Lino Coletta Lino Coletta ... Young Moustachioed Man with Don Mariano
Vincenzo Norvese Vincenzo Norvese ... The Man with a Motorcycle


Rosa Nicolosi is not the widow of Salvatore Colasberna, the man murdered in the beginning of the movie, but she is in fact the wife of Paolo Nicolosi, the only eyewitness of the murder. Paolo goes missing the same morning as the murder occurs. Written by Ave Tikkanen

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What are 'friends' for...? Why, for murder, terror, extortion, violence and other profitable enterprises! See more »


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The role of Rosa Nicolosi was considerably expanded from her novel counterpart to give more prominence to star Claudia Cardinale. See more »


Edited into Lo schermo a tre punte (1995) See more »

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'Il giorno della civetta' (1968) aka 'Day of The Ow'l is a veritable hoot!
23 January 2014 | by Weirdling_WolfSee all my reviews

For more years than I care to think about, I have strongly felt that anything shot/written by the venerable, hugely versatile film-maker, Damiano Damiani is well worth your attention; and as far as I'm concerned, 'Day of The Owl' is most certainly o exception to that rule. The plentiful entertainment quotient of, 'Day of The Owl' (aka) 'Il giorno della civetta' increased exponentially with its stellar cast, including: Franco Nero, Claudia Cardinale, Lee J. Cobb, and the singularly underappreciated character actor, Nehemiah Persoff. And from what I can gather, 'Il giorno della civetta' (1968) might actually be one of the earliest examples of the gritty, soon to be ubiquitous, hyperbolic, Italian police procedural, that would ultimately devolve into the more overtly action-orientated, thick-eared, blood-spattered, sublimely reactionary Euro-rime genre which we fans know and love so uncommonly dearly! As with many other thrilling, Damiani titles, his rich, layered and nuanced work focuses far more on dense, relatable character development, seamy political machinations, and spell-binding plotting, than tumultuous car chases and plentifully delivered, ungainly haymakers! (That would be you, Maurizio Merli!) Even if one were not all that familiar with the more boisterous end of Italian exploitation cinema of the 70s, the quite splendid, 'Il giorno della civetta' (1968) should still prove to be a most edifying viewing experience!

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