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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La piovra 2 (1985–1986)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Part 1 - PAOLA - Police Inspector Cattani fights a losing battle to save his loved daughter's sanity, after what she suffered (see "La Piovra", original mini-series). He loses her, and his ... See full summary »

Stars: Michele Placido, Florinda Bolkan, Paul Guers
La piovra 3 (1987)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Part 1 - GOOD AND EVIL - After the mafia killed his family, and a number of people who trusted him, Cattani sees a couple of criminals condemned to light sentences only. A DEA team brings ... See full summary »

Stars: Michele Placido, Giuliana de Sio, Alain Cuny
La piovra 4 (1989)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

A couple of years have passed since Corrado Cattani and Giulia Antinari broke up; during this time, Giulia died in an accident (that might or might not have been planned by Tano) and ... See full summary »

Stars: Michele Placido, Patricia Millardet, Remo Girone
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Superintendent Corrado Cattani is dead. After his lover, the beautiful judge Silvia Conti, recovers somewhat from the shock over his death, she decides to take vengeance and carry on his ... See full summary »

Stars: Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Patricia Millardet, Remo Girone
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

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 ... See full summary »

Stars: Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Remo Girone, Ferruccio De Ceresa
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD! Episode 1 - RETURN TO SICILY - is the coming back of several characters to the little town where, years ago, the police commissary Cattani was set up and murdered by ... See full summary »

Stars: Raoul Bova, Anita Zagaria, Renato De Carmine
La piovra 10 (TV Movie 2001)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director: Luigi Perelli
Stars: Remo Girone, Patricia Millardet, Elena Arvigo
La piovra 9 - Il patto (TV Movie 1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A woman investigates the shady dealings between her husband's bank and the mafia. She has a series of secret liaisons with a police captain, once her lover, just to pass on the information,... See full summary »

Director: Giacomo Battiato
Stars: Raoul Bova, Anja Kling, Maurizio Donadoni
La piovra 8 - Lo scandalo (TV Movie 1997)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The history of Italian Maffia from the 1950s to the 1960s - a prequel to the events told in "La Piovra" other mini-series.

Director: Giacomo Battiato
Stars: Raoul Bova, Anja Kling, Luca Zingaretti
L'ultimo padrino (TV Movie 2008)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A TV movie focused on former Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano and the policemen who tried to catch him.

Director: Marco Risi
Stars: Michele Placido, Daniele Pecci, Micaela Ramazzotti
Il capo dei capi (TV Mini-Series 2007)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Based on the life of Salvatore Riina ('Totò u Curtu'), a mafioso boss from Corleone, Sicily.

Stars: Claudio Gioè, Daniele Liotti, Salvatore Lazzaro
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Complete series cast summary:
Michele Placido ...  Commissario Corrado Cattani 6 episodes, 1984
Barbara De Rossi ...  Contessa Raffaella 'Titti' Pecci Scialoia 6 episodes, 1984
Patricia Millardet Patricia Millardet ...  Magistrato Silvia Conti 6 episodes, 1984
Nicole Jamet Nicole Jamet ...  Else Cattani 6 episodes, 1984
Angelo Infanti Angelo Infanti ...  Sante Cirinná 6 episodes, 1984
Pino Colizzi Pino Colizzi ...  Nanni Santamaria 6 episodes, 1984
Renato Mori Renato Mori ...  Vice-Commissario Giuseppe Altero 6 episodes, 1984
Eurilla del Bono Eurilla del Bono ...  Anna Caruso 6 episodes, 1984
Cariddi McKinnon Nardulli ...  Paola Cattani 6 episodes, 1984
Geoffrey Copleston Geoffrey Copleston ...  Alfredo Ravanusa 6 episodes, 1984
Jacques Dacqmine ...  Professor Sebastiano Cannito 6 episodes, 1984
Paul Guers ...  Professor Gianfranco Laudeo 6 episodes, 1984
Flavio Bucci ...  Don Manfredi 6 episodes, 1984
Florinda Bolkan ...  Olga Camastra 6 episodes, 1984
François Périer ...  Avvocato Terrasini 6 episodes, 1984
Erina Spoto Erina Spoto ...  Irina, the Cattanis' housekeeper 6 episodes, 1984
Michele Abruzzo Michele Abruzzo ...  Prosecutor Scardona 5 episodes, 1984
Luigi Atzeri Luigi Atzeri ...  Police Officer Martini 5 episodes, 1984
Domenico Gennaro Domenico Gennaro ...  Antonio, Cirinná's Cousin 5 episodes, 1984
Giuseppe Pierini Giuseppe Pierini ...  Cirinná's Second Cousin 5 episodes, 1984
Franco Tranchina Franco Tranchina ...  Chief Morelli 5 episodes, 1984
Alfredo Chiodi Alfredo Chiodi ...  Bodyguard #2 5 episodes, 1984
Marcello Venditti Marcello Venditti ...  Bodyguard #1 5 episodes, 1984
Massimo Bonetti Massimo Bonetti ...  Vice-Commissario Leo De Maria 4 episodes, 1984
Maria Denaro Maria Denaro ...  Cirinná's Mother 4 episodes, 1984
Regina Margherita Regina Margherita ...  Piera 4 episodes, 1984
Rossana La Rosa Rossana La Rosa ...  Sandra 4 episodes, 1984
Simona Cavallari Simona Cavallari ...  Ester Rasi 3 episodes, 1984
Rosangela Pagana Rosangela Pagana ...  Rosa, Terrasini's niece 3 episodes, 1984
Patrizia Allegra Patrizia Allegra ...  Spilungona, Ravanusa's Daughter 3 episodes, 1984
Marcello Perracchio Marcello Perracchio ...  Accountant Lo Spanno 3 episodes, 1984
Silvino Vaccaro Silvino Vaccaro ...  Franco Caruso, Anna's Brother 3 episodes, 1984
Luigi Vallini Luigi Vallini ...  Santino 3 episodes, 1984
Vittorio Duse ...  Professor Cristina 3 episodes, 1984
Renato Cecchetto Renato Cecchetto ...  Prosecutor Achille Bordonaro 3 episodes, 1984
Alessandro de Fredericis Alessandro de Fredericis ...  Don Garofalo 3 episodes, 1984
Francesco Bagarella Francesco Bagarella ...  Pianist 2 episodes, 1984
Francesco Lauriano Francesco Lauriano ...  Barone Platto 2 episodes, 1984
Pinuccia Passarello Pinuccia Passarello ...  Opera singer 2 episodes, 1984
Alfonso Giganti Alfonso Giganti ...  Carabinieri Captain 2 episodes, 1984
Antonio Orlando Antonio Orlando ...  Police Officer Leo Settimelli 2 episodes, 1984
Giuseppe Namio Giuseppe Namio ...  Armando Bolla 2 episodes, 1984
Mimmo Mignemi Mimmo Mignemi ...  Gaetano Mercenise 2 episodes, 1984
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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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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Italian | English | French

Release Date:

11 March 1984 (Italy) See more »

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Спрут See more »

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Dolby

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Color (Telecolor)

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1.33 : 1
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The music composer was Riz Ortolani, as per the film credits. However the music was performed by Enio Morriconne, becoming one of his biggest hits, and issued as a double CD. See more »

Quotes

Comtessa Raffaella Pecci Scialoia: I'm so scared of death... It's always so... unexpected.
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Followed by La piovra 6 - L'ultimo segreto (1992) See more »

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One of the best TV series ever.
30 January 2007 | by armans15See all my reviews

La Piovra, or SPRUT in Russian, the version that I saw as a boy in early nineties is nothing short of a masterpiece. American audiences are all over the Sopranos, a good series in its own right, but that is because they did not experience La Piovra.

The story of the series at first follows Commissar Cattani and his relentless fight against the Italian mafia and the corrupt bureaucracy. Every episode is full of smart dialogs, rich characters, suspenseful plot,and action. The newer episodes follow the work of a new commissar (I don't want to give away why this happens, watch it and you will see), who just like his predecessor selflessly fights the mob.

The series is mostly shot in Italy and later on in Czech Republic I believe, so scenery does change.

Fortunately for me the local Los Angeles Armenian mom and pop video stores carry the Russian language VHS tapes of the complete series as it was shown in the early nineties, all I need now is a summer holiday to re watch the whole series, it is absolutely worth it.


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