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Falcone (1999)

Excellent Cadavers (original title)
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 »


Ricky Tognazzi


Alexander Stille (book), Peter Pruce (teleplay)





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 ... 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


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.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


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


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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Good, but already a forgotten film
15 September 2006 | by AylmerSee all my reviews

Excellent Cadavers has only two things going against it: A) it gives away the ending in the first couple minutes of the movie, and B) it is way too short and never gives us a chance to really hear the whole story. The ending is awfully truncated, but then again the main character's life is just like the movie.

F. Murray Abraham and Chaz Palminteri both turn in expectedly strong performances, as do a number of native Italian actors doing their best to deliver their lines in English and generally doing quite well. Fausto Lombardi (from RATS and TERROR EXPRESS) has a good cameo as a mafioso interviewed while in prison. Dubbing voice provider Andy Luotto, who made no impression on me at all as Ben Gunn in TREASURE ISLAND IN OUTER SPACE, turns in a surprisingly heartfelt performance as Palminteri's second-fiddle who takes over the battle later on.

The romance for once feels fairly realistic and not too tacked-on. The woman he falls in love with sort of reminds me of an Italian Charlotte Rampling (the eyes anyway). It actually works more toward the movie's benefit than it's detriment, as well as the numerous mafia gun battles and assassinations which are all generally handled quite well.

Definitely worth a purchase if you can find it. It tends to pop up in bargain bins where you'd least expect it to be.

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16 October 1999 (USA) See more »

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$6,695, 16 July 2006

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