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La piovra 

An epic crime saga of power, money, violence and corruption, the mafia controls everything like an Octopus but when law enforcement tries to bring them down they pay the ultimate price.




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Complete series cast summary:
Remo Girone ...  Tano Cariddi 32 episodes, 1987-2001
Patricia Millardet ...  Silvia Conti 28 episodes, 1984-2001
Michele Placido ...  Commissario Corrado Cattani 25 episodes, 1984-2001
François Périer ...  Avvocato Terrasini 19 episodes, 1984-1987
Florinda Bolkan ...  Olga Camastra 18 episodes, 1984-1995
Bruno Cremer ...  Antonio Espinosa 17 episodes, 1989-1992
Paul Guers ...  Professor Gianfranco Laudeo 19 episodes, 1984-1987
Cariddi McKinnon Nardulli ...  Paola Cattani 13 episodes, 1984-1987
Nicole Jamet Nicole Jamet ...  Else Cattani 12 episodes, 1984-1986
Luigi Diberti ...  Ettore Salimbeni 12 episodes, 1989-1992
Jacques Dacqmine ...  Professor Sebastiano Cannito 12 episodes, 1984-1986
Tommaso Bianco Tommaso Bianco ...  Sergente Giugni 12 episodes, 1989-1992
Tony Sperandeo Tony Sperandeo ...  Santino Rocchi / ... 12 episodes, 1986-1998
Vittorio Mezzogiorno ...  Davide Licata 11 episodes, 1990-1992
Ana Torrent ...  Maria Cariddi 11 episodes, 1990-1992
Alice Di Giuseppe Alice Di Giuseppe ...  Greta Antinari 13 episodes, 1987-1989


In Episode 1, The Killing Attempt, police detective Davide Licata survives badly wounded, so much so that his personal and love life will be affected. In Episode 2, The Core, he is tempted by the General directing the Government's "nucleous of operations and investigations (NOI)", a secret service built to do the dirty anti-crime jobs that the police can't do. In Episode 3, The Man of the Letters, exposes the hideout of Tani Cariddi in deep Africa - and again, the retired detective and the retired criminal must come to grips with violent action in Europe. In Episode 4, The Trap, not one but several traps are set from both sides of the law. In Episode 5, Codename: West, a desperate chase is given by The Core and two countries magistrates to catch the new drug lords that are aiming at deluging drugs into Europe's Eastern countries from a former Nazi concentration camp in the West. In Episode 6, A Secret Is Revealed, the detective exposes and destroys the man who secretively had taken ... Written by Artemis-9

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


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Bulgarian actor Stefan Danailov was cast in the 7th season after the producers learned of the show's immense popularity in Eastern Europe. See more »


Commissario Corrado Cattani: [after Silvia has been raped by mafia men] Don't close yourself in, tell me what you feel. I wanna know what you feel. I wanna feel the same pain as you.
Silvia Conti: [blankly] I feel... nothing.
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Referenced in Zeg 'ns Aaa: De Parelvissers (1989) See more »


My Heart and I
Written by Leonie Gane, Amii Stewart, Andrea Morricone, Ennio Morricone
Performed by Amii Stewart
(closing theme)
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One of the best series ever, and not just about the mob.
14 June 2004 | by suceveanu_eugenSee all my reviews

First of all, this series has the best music ever seen in film. Ennio Morricone in my mind has the stature of a Beethoven or Bach or Wagner.. really he's that good, and his music will last that long.

Now that this is out of the way .. to have a series that lives up to Ennio's music is really a miracle.

If you think about it, TV has always been a "second hand" medium when it comes to quality. Well, as TV series go .. this doesn't feel like a TV series.

Even if it's long, and the whole series has two or three arcs over 7 seasons, it's not diluted at all. It's focused from beginning to end so you only grow more attached to the characters, you invest more and more emotion in it. It's like the best tragic movie you can think of, tweaked at 75% intensity, but with incredible peaks of emotion, and keyed to the most beautiful music on earth.

Think about the countless hours you've spent watching garbage in front of the TV, and try to get this series and watch it, as revenge. :)

I can't see anything better being made on TV.

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Release Date:

11 March 1984 (Italy) See more »

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