In the late 1970s and early 80s, assassinations in Sicily get the attention of Communist deputy, Pio La Torre, who appeals to General Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa to become prefect in Palermo and take on the Mafia. Dalla Chiesa approaches the job with the same focus and methods he used in hunting down the Red Brigade. His sweetheart, the much-younger Setti Carraro (everyone calls her Emanuela), wants to be with him in Palermo, but he sends her away, knowing he is in danger. Then, a few months into office, he asks her to marry him, and he tries to be both husband and investigator. Meanwhile, the Mafia bankers are feeling the heat, and they start with La Torre.
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This film is a French/Italian co-production. This is the reason why there exists two versions. In general the French version runs ca. 9 minutes shorter in comparison to the Italian version. Many scenes are arranged in a different order. The French version features a scene not included in the Italian version where Dalla Chiesa talks with former colleagues. See more
Edited into Lo schermo a tre punte