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Excellent Cadavers (1999)

Fact based story about the political battle that was waged against the Mafia in Sicily during the late 1980's and early 1990's. Chazz Palminteri plays Giovanni Falcone, a crusading ... See full summary »

Director:

Ricky Tognazzi

Writers:

Alexander Stille (book), Peter Pruce (teleplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chazz Palminteri ... Giovanni Falcone
F. Murray Abraham ... Tommaso Buscetta
Anna Galiena ... Francesca Falcone
Andy Luotto Andy Luotto ... Paolo Borsellino
Lina Sastri Lina Sastri ... Agnese Borsellino
Arnoldo Foà ... Judge Antonino Caponnetto
Ivo Garrani Ivo Garrani ... Judge Gaetano Costa
Gianmarco Tognazzi Gianmarco Tognazzi ... Ninì Cassara
Pierfrancesco Favino ... Mario
Mattia Sbragia ... Judge Quinzi
Francesco Benigno Francesco Benigno ... Pino Greco
Mario Erpichini Mario Erpichini ... Judge Rocco Chinnici
Victor Cavallo Victor Cavallo ... Totò Riina
Giuseppe Cederna ... Judge Giuseppe Ayala
Stefano Benassi Stefano Benassi ... Inspector
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Fact based story about the political battle that was waged against the Mafia in Sicily during the late 1980's and early 1990's. Chazz Palminteri plays Giovanni Falcone, a crusading prosecutor who tried to use money trails as a way to attack the mobsters. He is aided by a former mobster (F. Murray Abraham) who volunteers to turn state's evidence after his sons are killed by a renegade mob chief. With the mobster's help, the prosecutor was able to obtain over 300 convictions. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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They have a name for government officials who defy the mafia...excellent cadavers.

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Drama | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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English | Bosnian | Croatian | Serbian

Release Date:

16 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Falcone See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,695, 16 July 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,390, 16 July 2006
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The woman who catches the bouquet at Giovanni Falcone and Francesca Morvillo's wedding is Simona Izzo, director Ricky Tognazzi's wife. See more »

Goofs

The events in this film take place in 1992. For their anniversary, Francesca Falcone gives Giovanni Claudio Abbado's Deutsche Grammophon recording of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. The cover of the CD box is shown around 1:17:06 of the DVD, According to DG's web site, the international release date of the recording was July 3, 1995. See more »

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Version of Excellent Cadavers (2005) See more »

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See the documentary for the truth about the Mafia...
2 April 2007 | by RJBurke1942See all my reviews

Why bother seeing a fictionalized account of such trauma and horror when the real McCoy is available as a documentary? I haven't seen this account, but I have seen the documentary produced by Stille in the same year as this.

I have great admiration for Chaz Palminteri and F. Murray Abraham, two fine actors, whom I'm sure acquitted themselves well. Much more interesting, however, to find out how Stille unraveled the truth behind the assassinations of Falcone and Borsellino.

I'd read about the efforts of those two martyrs as it all happened: press coverage at the time was quite good, and I was amazed at how those two judges managed to avoid death so often.

But, as we all know, that cowardly organization of Cosa Nostra aka the Mafia has seemingly unstoppable reach, right into the upper echelons of Italian government. And, Stille holds nothing back as he shows the connections between government officials of all types – including another judge – and the Mafia. There is even the strong implication that, after the trial and sentencing of 384 Mafia gangsters, rogue elements in the Italian government may have been involved in efforts to stop and kill Falcone and Borsellino.

Unhappily, where there's money, there's always corruption. No society seems to be able to avoid that.

With the Mafia, however, the control of Sicily and Italian government seems complete, proving once again that everything changes, but nothing changes fundamentally.

Scenes in the documentary are not for kiddies, with many real dead bodies, a severed head, bits and pieces from bomb blasts – an absolute carnage. Maybe the commercial production had the same shots, but somehow I doubt it.

If you want the whole story – well, as much as you're ever gonna get – then see the documentary of the same name: Excellent Cadavers.


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