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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

Release Date:

1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Day of the Owl See more »

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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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Protagonist Franco Nero was born in Emilia-Romagna, more specifically in the Comune of Parma, just like the character of Captain Bellodi he plays in the movie. See more »

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

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Honest, direct and convincing
8 June 2001 | by unbrokenmetalSee all my reviews

The first great thriller by director Damiano Damiani, followed by many remarkable films in the 70s, such as "Io ho paura" with Gian Maria Volonte and "Un uomo in ginocchio" with Giuliano Gemma. "Il giorno della civetta" has a marvelous cast: Franco Nero just risen to stardom with "Django" (1966), Claudia Cardinale can be seen here a year before "Once Upon a Time in the West", and veteran tough guy Lee J Cobb. Sciascia's story about the murdered boss of a building company fits Damiano's way to illustrate his view on society: too many people are looking for the easy way out and keep their mouths shut. Simple, direct, honest - few films have so much credibility. Still, for an understandable commercial reason, Mrs Cardinale's role became bigger than it was in the novel.


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