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Cento giorni a Palermo (1984)

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... See full summary »


Giuseppe Ferrara


Giuseppe Ferrara, Pier Giovanni Anchisi (scenario) (as Piergiovanni Anchisi) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lino Ventura ... General Carlo Dalla Chiesa
Giuliana de Sio Giuliana de Sio ... Emmanuela Setti Carraro
Arnoldo Foà ... Rognoni, ministro dell'Interno
Lino Troisi Lino Troisi ... Pio La Torre
Stefano Satta Flores Stefano Satta Flores ... Captain Fontana
Adalberto Maria Merli Adalberto Maria Merli ... Mafioso
Accursio Di Leo Accursio Di Leo ... Lo Verde
Anita Zagaria Anita Zagaria
Aldo Sarullo Aldo Sarullo
Maria Lo Sardo Maria Lo Sardo
Giuseppe Lo Presti Giuseppe Lo Presti
Luigi Nicolosi Luigi Nicolosi
Rosario Coniglione Rosario Coniglione
Andrea Aureli ... Un mafioso
Guido Sagliocca Guido Sagliocca


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. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Alternate Versions

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 (1995) See more »

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Cento Giorni A Palermo-An outstanding example of 'political film' directed by Giuseppe Ferrara.
22 September 2013 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

The names of leading Italian directors namely Matteo Garrone, Marco Tullio Giordana, Francesco Rosi, Gianni Amelio, Elio Petri etc come to mind whenever one thinks of political cinema. By successfully depicting the milieu in which Palermo's mafia has held its sway in Italy, Giuseppe Ferrara has joined this coveted list with his political film '100 days in Palermo'. His film is highly gripping to the core as it makes good use of real life situations to talk about political corruption in Italy which had completely shattered people's trust in democracy. This is one reason why viewer don't lose interest as what is being depicted concerns them both from a political as well as a sociological perspective. Apart from its tough political stances, Cento Giorni A Palermo focuses enormously on its hero's rather tricky personal life which has also become a victim of undue political pressures. It is this proximity to authenticity which lends itself an air of universal appeal as most honest officials anywhere in the world would be compelled to face the same consequences as depicted in this film. Hundred days in Palermo is a highly researched work of art which captures in great detail all the conflicts which made it easy for mafia to rule in Palermo. Lastly, Giuseppe Ferrara has brilliantly questioned two major philosophical notions in his true to 'documentary style' film which depicts one man's relentless fight against corruption. Lastly, it would be in the interests of any good student of political philosophy to discuss whether the state and the government are the same ? and is law merely a form of tool to fight injustice ?

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6 April 1984 (Italy) See more »

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100 dage i Palermo See more »

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Palermo, Sicily, Italy

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