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L'odore della notte (1998)

A former policeman turns full-time criminal and goes on a downward spiral of crime in the 1990s Rome.


Claudio Caligari
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Valerio Mastandrea ... Remo Guerra
Marco Giallini ... Maurizio Leggeri
Giorgio Tirabassi Giorgio Tirabassi ... Roberto Salvo
Alessia Fugardi ... Rita
Emanuel Bevilacqua Emanuel Bevilacqua ... Marco Lorusso (Rozzo)
Francesca d'Aloja Francesca d'Aloja ... Donna Tradita
Little Tony Little Tony ... Little Tony
Cristiana Ciacci Cristiana Ciacci ... Teresa
Giampiero Lisarelli Giampiero Lisarelli ... Attilio
Elda Alvigini Elda Alvigini ... Michela
Federico Pacifici Federico Pacifici ... Mezzalira
Stella Vordemann Stella Vordemann ... Ospite Politico (as Stella Worderman)
Sebastiano Colla Sebastiano Colla ... Altro tossico rapina
Raffaele Vannoli ... Tossico Alto (as Lele Vannoli)
Enzo Marino Bellanich Enzo Marino Bellanich ... Intermediario Polizia (as Marino Bellanich)


Remo Guerra is a policeman with a double life, who at night with a group of thugs, who he occasionally meets in bars, raids rich people's houses in Rome. Because of his hate for discipline he is soon dismissed from the force and he can continue his criminal life full time. One night he gets arrested and spends 3 years in jail. When he is released he buys a bar and tries to live a normal life, but soon enough the debts he has contracted for the purchase of the bar and his innate rage against society drive him back to muggings and hold ups. One night he tries to rob a very powerful politician... Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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Release Date:

11 September 1998 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Scent of the Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Sorpasso Film See more »
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Color (Technicolor)
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Written by De Vita, Alberto Testa (as Testa), Silviotesti, Franco Miseria (as Miseria) and Antonio Ricci (as Ricci)
Performed by Heather Parisi
Courtesy of Sugar Music Ed. Mus. / Peer Ed. Mus. / C.G.D. East West
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clockwork orange gang and roman slums
21 July 2003 | by rc615See all my reviews

Maybe the first movie exploring life in roman slums (the infamous "borgate") since well-known Pasolini's efforts, "L'Odore Della Notte" is based on a true story, and the gang it tells about was dubbed "clockwork orange gang" due to their style of robbing people in their own houses (ink was spilled on italian newspapers wheter Kubrick film had a bad influence on criminal minded youth). The film goes straight to its point: analyzing the mind of the group three main components. The boss, Remo Guerra (Valerio Mastandrea, perfect for the role) is on a war against the world: after a short stint as a policeman, he's fired from his duty and leaves the corp as he couldn't stand the dull life under narrow-minded superiors. His efficiency and kept-to-the-minimum dialogues during robberies derive from this experience. Maurizio Leggeri (superbly played by Marco Giallini) is just in for the money, so that he can afford great wheels and get out from the borgata. Roberto is maybe the only component who commits crimes to feed his family and is shadowed with the idea of going to jail, so he soon leaves the group, forcing Remo to buy a bar and get out of the crime business. When the bar is submerged with debts Remo has no choice but forming the group again, replacing the skeptical Roberto with ill-mannered hulk "Rozzo" (self-explaining nickname meaning "rough"); Maurizio soon shows back but with a slight coke trouble...the gang is up to no good. In the final showdown, the three burst into a supposedly rich house, where they find a politician from Democrazia Cristiana (political party with strong catholic influences), a priest and the members of a chic family. This group is convinced to know the reasons behind the insane acts of the gang members, who in spite, are looking for no understanding from the people they're robbing. A movie without frills, telling an interesting story of human cases, slums and how to get out of them. It's not difficult to find strong critics to italian attitude in those years, political parties and police included. Let's not forget, the film is set during the "Lead Years" (Anni di Piombo), when Italy was hardly struck by terrorism and "normal crooks" were often overlooked. Nevertheless, one can not help but think that the city of Rome and its darkest side play one of the main roles in this movie. Last, but not least, there is a remarkable and hilarious cameo by italian singer and Elvis performer Little Tony, who is forced to sing his hit "Cuore Matto" under the threat of a 9 mm.

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