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La piovra 

Corrado Cattani is a police inspector whose life is devoted to fighting the Italian mafia (known here as "La Piovra" or "The Octopus"). Even as his family and life are being destroyed by ... See full summary »




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Complete series cast summary:
Michele Placido ...  Commissario Corrado Cattani 25 episodes, 1984-1989
François Périer ...  Avvocato Terrasini 19 episodes, 1984-1987
Paul Guers ...  Professor Gianfranco Laudeo 19 episodes, 1984-1987
Remo Girone ...  Tano Cariddi 13 episodes, 1987-1989
Patricia Millardet ...  Deputy Prosecutor Silvia Conti / ... 12 episodes, 1984-1989
Nicole Jamet Nicole Jamet ...  Else Cattani 12 episodes, 1984-1986
Florinda Bolkan ...  Contessa Olga Camastra / ... 13 episodes, 1984-1987
Jacques Dacqmine ...  Professor Sebastiano Cannito 12 episodes, 1984-1986
Cariddi McKinnon Nardulli ...  Paola Cattani 12 episodes, 1984-1986
Alice Di Giuseppe Alice Di Giuseppe ...  Greta Antinari 13 episodes, 1987-1989
Alfredo Chiodi Alfredo Chiodi ...  Bodyguard / ... 11 episodes, 1984-1989


Corrado Cattani is a police inspector whose life is devoted to fighting the Italian mafia (known here as "La Piovra" or "The Octopus"). Even as his family and life are being destroyed by ruthless criminals, the intrepid comissar keeps fighting... Written by Boris Shafir

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Corrado's crusade against the Mafia continues. See more »


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Did You Know?


RAI wanted Franco Nero to play Corrado Cattani. But Damiano Damiani insisted on Michele Placido. See more »


Tano Carridi: [after Corrado has entered his house without permission, to see Greta, and finds the girl lying on the floor surrounded by toys] What did you expect to find? A torture chamber?
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Followed by The Octopus 6 - The Last Secret (1992) See more »

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simply the best
12 June 2002 | by UcurianSee all my reviews

La Piovra is simply the best film about the mob. I'm very sad, that only the seasons 1-7 had been shown in German TV. I can't understand, that there is no way to buy it on DVD or on VHS. The series was a big success and I know a lot of people who have watched every repeat of the seasons 1-7, like myself. Only the 6. Season is a little worse than the other ones. The pace is fantastic, even it is a TV-series. The cast and acting is great. Not only fantastic Italian actors had been casted, but a lot of great European actors join the series too, like Bruno Craemer, Rolf Hoppe, Mario Adorf. Now, in 2005 in Germany the first three seasons a released on DVD (German dubbed and Italian) and, as I read in the net, they startet on DVD in Portugal, France and Sweden. In the Netherlands you got the first four seasons in Italian with dutch subtitels. I hope, that this will bring more people to the series.

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11 March 1984 (Italy) See more »

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