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La scorta (1993)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 8 July 1994 (USA)
A dedicated, tightly-knit group of bodyguards take on additional duties while safeguarding an honest judge designated to investigate official corruption in Sicily.

Director:

Ricky Tognazzi

Writers:

Graziano Diana (story), Simona Izzo (story) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudio Amendola ... Angelo Mandolesi
Enrico Lo Verso ... Andrea Corsale
Carlo Cecchi Carlo Cecchi ... Judge Michele de Francesco
Ricky Memphis ... Fabio Muzzi
Tony Sperandeo Tony Sperandeo ... Raffaele Frasca
Lorenza Indovina Lorenza Indovina ... Lia Corsale
Ugo Conti Ugo Conti ... Nicola
Rita Savagnone Rita Savagnone ... Angelo's Mother
Giovanni Alamia Giovanni Alamia ... Nino Carabba
Francesca d'Aloja Francesca d'Aloja ... Anna Spano
Giovanni Pallavicino ... Padre Virzi
Giacinto Ferro Giacinto Ferro ... M.P. Nestore Bonura
Guia Jelo Guia Jelo ... Rosalia Carabba
Benedetto Raneli Benedetto Raneli ... President Caruso
Francesco Siciliano ... Policeman Marchetti
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Storyline

An honest Judge, with marriage problems, volunteers for a job, in a corrupt area of Sicily, the previous holder of this job having been assasinated along with his Escort. The new Judge, and his Escort (which now contains a friend of the previous Escort)attempt to discover whose palms were greased to allow a local 'Water Monopoly' to develop, while avoiding assaination attempts. Apparently based on true events !!! Written by MylesG <mpgort@essex.ac.uk>

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Protection is the job. Justice is the goal. Death is the price.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

8 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bodyguards See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$147,394
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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Fabio Muzzi: My transfer came through... but I can't be at their beck and call. I wanted to ask if you could recommend that I stay. I'm not crazy. I don't want to die either. but... I'm not brave enough to leave.
Judge Michele de Francesco: [Gratefully] Grazie.
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Edited into Lo schermo a tre punte (1995) See more »

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Happy Birthday to You
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Composed by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
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Cheap Thrills Not The Point of This Suspense Expose
3 December 2013 | by museumofdaveSee all my reviews

This tidy Italian film appears to be an honest snapshot into the corruption some people must deal with on a daily basis; although the plot centers around an outside judge who is supposed to uncover corruption, the view becomes fascinated with the daily lives of those who protect him, the trusted ones whose lives are put on the line every time they walk outside to get into a car, when they drive down city streets, when the shield the man they are there to protect.

Each of these "escorts" (hence the title "Scorta") is given a distinct personality, and we come to care for them, particularly a contrasting pair, one an angry loner with a dark agenda of his own, and one a family man trying to make a name for himself in law enforcement. We come to care for these two more than we care to watch another bloodletting, the possibility of which lurks around almost every frame of the film: corruption runs rampant, and thus this is not a simple film about the good cop triumphant over the bad gangster.

Some people complain regarding the ending, as it appears not to be nice and tidy, the viewer left with the satisfaction that two hours spent watching can leave them feeling happy. I would suggest that the film gains power by creating a vacuum where each of us is led by the writer and director of this film to make us deal with a little reality. Judge for yourself! It's a worthwhile film with a penetrating score by Ennio Morricone.


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