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The Octopus 8 - The Scandal (1997)

La piovra 8 - Lo scandalo (original title)
The history of Italian Maffia from the 1950s to the 1960s - a prequel to the events told in "La Piovra" other mini-series.


Giacomo Battiato


Umberto Contarello (story), Andrea Porporati (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Raoul Bova ... Capt. Carlo Arcuti
Anja Kling ... Barbara Greenberg Altamura
Luca Zingaretti ... Pietro Favignana
Fabrizio Contri Fabrizio Contri ... Francesco Altamura
Primo Reggiani ... Tano Tanuzzu / Cariddi
Andrea Lorina Andrea Lorina ... Paul Altamura
Mietta Mietta ... Rosaria Albanese
Ferdinando Murolo Ferdinando Murolo ... Toni Marciano (as Nando Murolo)
Vincenzo Peluso ... Saro Viccari
Luigi Maria Burruano Luigi Maria Burruano ... Teti, a lawyer
Ramona Badescu Ramona Badescu ... Maria Cariddi
Tony Sperandeo Tony Sperandeo ... Turi Mondello
Emilio Bonucci Emilio Bonucci ... Riccardo Mascarino, MoP
Sebastiano Lo Monaco Sebastiano Lo Monaco ... Torrisi, a lawyer
Renato Mori Renato Mori ... Don Albanese


The history of Italian Maffia from the 1950s to the 1960s - a prequel to the events told in "La Piovra" other mini-series.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Reached an audience of 8,438,000 viewers when first shown on Italian television. See more »


Followed by The Octopus 10 (2001) See more »


Written by Ennio Morricone
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This could have stood by itself as a theater film.
19 December 2012 | by emuir-1See all my reviews

La Piovra is a gripping masterpiece of TV crime drama, but Season 8 was in a class of its own. Taking the story back 30 something years to Sicily in the 1950's it follows the story of the corrupt banker Tano Carridi, his childhood, the death of his mother and his education by the grateful Baron Altamura after Tano helps the Baron's kidnapped son escape. The two part series was filmed in Sicily and the stunning exterior locations and interiors get away from the Made for TV look. This film could have been released as a theater film and would have appealed to fans of The Godfather, in fact, the whole 'look' of the film resembles the Sicilian section of the Godfather films, and the location shooting in Sicily gives it a very authentic feel.

Luca Zingarelli, who is best known as Inspector Salvo Montalbano, plays the mafia boss Pietro who didn't get to the top by making friends and influencing people. I would vote this way over and above the usual TV series.

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Release Date:

5 October 1997 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

O Polvo 8 - O Escândalo See more »

Filming Locations:

Catania Plain, Sicily, Italy See more »

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(2 parts) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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