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The Third Solution (1988)

Russicum - I giorni del diavolo (original title)
The Roman Catholic Pope is planning a reconciliatory meeting with the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, an event awaited for many generations. But suddenly, right while the Pope is ... See full summary »

Director:

Pasquale Squitieri

Writers:

Mario Cecchi Gori (story), Pasquale Squitieri (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Treat Williams ... Mark Hendrix
F. Murray Abraham ... Father Carafa
Danny Aiello ... George Sherman
Rita Rusic Rita Rusic ... Alexandra
Robert Balchus Robert Balchus ... Michael Wessling
Rossano Brazzi ... Marini
Nigel Court Nigel Court ... Father Hanema
Leopoldo Mastelloni Leopoldo Mastelloni ... Father Isidoro
Luigi Montini Luigi Montini
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raimondo Barbieri
María Baxa María Baxa ... (as Maria Teresa Baxa)
Alberto Capone Alberto Capone ... Keller
Ermanno De Biagi Ermanno De Biagi ... Father Sebler
Paolo De Falco Paolo De Falco
Bruno Di Luia Bruno Di Luia
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The Roman Catholic Pope is planning a reconciliatory meeting with the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, an event awaited for many generations. But suddenly, right while the Pope is addressing the crowds gathered in the Piazza Navone, a nun is assassinated by a Ukrainian, placing the upcoming talks between the two leaders in jeopardy. And the head of the American diplomatic corps (the nun was an American) assigns the investigation of the killing to one of his underlings, which leads the young man to investigate the Russicum, a center for the study of Russia within the Vatican city. And from there he finds himself caught up in an intrigue of international proportions, filled with agents and double agents, and ending with a revelation most unexpected. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Third Solution See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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40 braves, menousis, moiroloi
Produced and adapted by Vangelis
Sung by Irene Papas
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Complex political thriller
9 December 2016 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

The best example of what the near Cold War end era movies looked like. And it is made by a specialist of this kind of features, one of the best, the most accurate on the field, an Italian film maker, who could have been Damiano Damiani; but that's not him. I am speaking of Pasquale Squieteri, who gave us tremendous and realistic films about mafia and politics. And not in the American way. For instance MORI AFFAIR. But you can guess that a thriller involving the connection between Vatican, Mafia and KGB can not being easy to understand, follow. The kind of John Le Carré like story, as you can find by dozens in five hundred pages novels. And I must confess that I am not a great lover of this kind of scheme, involving Vatican, Church and priests...But I made a certain effort for this watchable film which had not received any comments yet. Treat Williams is not a great actor but he is rather good here, seeming not to understand what he is doing in this mess. And I think that's better for the audiences. I repeat, this kind of stuff can not be too clear. All the charm remains in the complexity. Watch out the sequence where the more than convincing "priest" Murray Abraham transforms a crucifix into a 9mm Parabellum... Unfortunately not a satisfying ending.


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