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Confessions of a Police Captain (1971)

Confessione di un commissario di polizia al procuratore della repubblica (original title)
PG | | Crime, Drama | 26 March 1971 (Italy)
One of the first films about the mafia occurrence, in which the fight is hopeless, because "the polyp's feeler" reaches everything and everybody. A police inspector and a deputy public ... See full summary »

Director:

Damiano Damiani

Writers:

Damiano Damiani (story), Fulvio Gicca Palli (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Franco Nero ... Deputy D.A. Traini
Martin Balsam ... Commissario Giacomo Bonavia
Marilù Tolo ... Serena Li Puma
Claudio Gora ... District Attorney Malta
Luciano Catenacci Luciano Catenacci ... Ferdinando Lomunno (as Luciano Lorcas)
Giancarlo Prete ... Giampaolo Rizzo
Arturo Dominici ... Lawyer Canistraro
Michele Gammino ... Gammino
Adolfo Lastretti ... Michele Li Puma
Nello Pazzafini Nello Pazzafini ... Prisoner
Calisto Calisti Calisto Calisti ... A mafioso, e.g. involved in wall in
Wanda Vismara Wanda Vismara ... Traini's maid
Adele Modica Adele Modica ... Lina Paladino - lover of Bonavia
Dante Cleri Dante Cleri ... Usher
Roy Bosier Roy Bosier ... Giuseppe Lasciatelli
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Storyline

One of the first films about the mafia occurrence, in which the fight is hopeless, because "the polyp's feeler" reaches everything and everybody. A police inspector and a deputy public prosecutor try to prove that the architect in the city is in the mafia. Written by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

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Professional. Unscrupulous. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

26 March 1971 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Confessions of a Police Captain See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ben Gazzara was approached to play Commmissario Bonavia, but turned said offer down. See more »

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Permission to shoot in the Basile Room was graciously offered by the Grand-Hotel Villa Igiea of Palermo See more »

Connections

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

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30 years later things are even worse...
20 June 2008 | by tuco73See all my reviews

Damiano Damiani was an excellent, not fully appreciated, movie director. Most of his works share to some extent the same commitment Francesco Rosi's highly regarded movies did. They may be less an artistic achievement for they probably didn't share the same originality in style, but they are equally effective in communicating and shaking the audience with messages of social and ethical nature. This particular one again (after the excellent "L'Istruttoria è chiusa: dimentichi" and before my favorite "Io ho Paura") deals with the impossibility of fighting for Justice: organized criminality and its higher level allied (politicians, ministers, judges, etc.) create an invincible corrupted system. In his movies usually the conclusion is a bitter one, not much is left to hope. This time though, a brave policeman (Martin Balsam) decides to break the rules in order to achieve the goal, while district attorney (Franco Nero) leave us with an open end and some hope... In today's Italian political and social panorama (Berlusconi is the prime minister...), Damiano Damiani would have probably lost also that little faith. Sad times indeed (great movie though!).


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