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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.

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Damiano Damiani
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Cast

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 Brizio Montinaro ... Son of Marshal
Lino Coletta Lino Coletta ... Young Moustachioed Man with Don Mariano
Vincenzo Norvese Vincenzo Norvese ... The Man with a Motorcycle
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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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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

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1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Day of the Owl See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Similar theme as The Ox Bow Incident: beware of "mob" rule
26 January 2017 | by crandallthSee all my reviews

Wow,the composer of the music for The Godfather could be cited for plagiarism. LISTEN to this production. Ah yes this is a more accurate account of what the "Black Hands " are all about. Deceit,obfuscation, murder and corruption of government. Performances are okay a little overdone in spots. Something very Italian to the whole production. Sound is not well produced and camera movement can be distracting. The mafia as an entity is the main character. The organization was at that time even in Sicily openly discussed as "no such thing." What one should perceive from watching this film is the fundamental institutionalization of that concept. The social imperatives on the island perpetuate that pernicious myth.


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