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Complete series cast summary:
Michele Placido ...  Commissario Corrado Cattani 7 episodes, 1987
Giuliana de Sio Giuliana de Sio ...  Giulia Antinari 7 episodes, 1987
Alain Cuny ...  Nicola Antinari 7 episodes, 1987
Luigi De Filippo Luigi De Filippo ...  Judge Venturi 7 episodes, 1987
Remo Girone ...  Tano Cariddi 7 episodes, 1987
Lino Capolicchio ...  Professor Mattinera 7 episodes, 1987
François Périer ...  Avvocato Terrasini 7 episodes, 1987
Marie Laforêt ...  Anna Antinari 7 episodes, 1987
Franco Trevisi ...  Kemal Yfter 7 episodes, 1987
Alice Di Giuseppe Alice Di Giuseppe ...  Greta Antinari 7 episodes, 1987
Adalberto Maria Merli Adalberto Maria Merli ...  Dino Alessi 7 episodes, 1987
Pierre Vaneck Pierre Vaneck ...  Carlo Antinari 7 episodes, 1987
Paul Guers ...  Professor Gianfranco Laudeo 7 episodes, 1987
Eolo Capritti Eolo Capritti ...  Bald Man 4 episodes, 1987
Renato Cortesi Renato Cortesi ...  Agent Bert Di Donato 4 episodes, 1987
Francisco Rabal ...  Abbott Lovani 7 episodes, 1987
Cyrus Elias Cyrus Elias ...  Agent Bert Di Donato 7 episodes, 1987
Paolo Roversi Paolo Roversi ...  Bank Director 3 episodes, 1987
Rossela Monaco Rossela Monaco ...  Rosaria 3 episodes, 1987
Calogero Buttà Calogero Buttà ...  Salvo 3 episodes, 1987
Scott Earick Scott Earick ...  Agent Simms 3 episodes, 1987
Giampiero Comanducci Giampiero Comanducci ...  Tracker 3 episodes, 1987
John Leamer John Leamer ...  Agent Bob 'Chioccia' 2 episodes, 1987
Antonia Piazza Antonia Piazza ...  Viviani's Wife 2 episodes, 1987
Nicola Di Pinto ...  Friar Bernardo 2 episodes, 1987
Vittorio De Bisogno Vittorio De Bisogno ...  Mattinera's Secretary 2 episodes, 1987
Antonio Orlando Antonio Orlando ...  Officer Leo Settimelli 2 episodes, 1987
Guido Cerniglia Guido Cerniglia ...  Commissario Di Venanzo 2 episodes, 1987
Bruno Squeglia Bruno Squeglia ...  Doctor Morrone 2 episodes, 1987
Antonio Cascio Antonio Cascio ...  Officer Pastori 2 episodes, 1987
Egidio Termine Egidio Termine ...  Carabinieri Officer 2 episodes, 1987
Giampiero Albertini Giampiero Albertini ...  Senator Tarsoni 2 episodes, 1987
Carlo Reali Carlo Reali ...  Avvocato Diletti 2 episodes, 1987
Francesco Marzotto Francesco Marzotto ...  Restaurant Owner 1 episode, 1987
Armando Sommaiolo Armando Sommaiolo ...  TV Reporter 1 episode, 1987
Marcello Tusco Marcello Tusco ...  U' Papa 2 episodes, 1987
Carla Monti Carla Monti ...  Restaurant Owner 1 episode, 1987
Claudia Razzi Claudia Razzi ...  Principessa 1 episode, 1987
Paola Leolini Paola Leolini ...  Soprano 1 episode, 1987
Tiziana Bergamaschi Tiziana Bergamaschi ...  Federica, Mattinera's Wife 1 episode, 1987
Mauro Di Renzi Mauro Di Renzi ...  Pianist 1 episode, 1987
Oreste Rotundo Oreste Rotundo ...  Guard Antonio Viviani 2 episodes, 1987


Part 1 - GOOD AND EVIL - After the mafia killed his family, and a number of people who trusted him, Cattani sees a couple of criminals condemned to light sentences only. A DEA team brings him back from the mountain retreat with good monks, to the evil world of a drugs-for-arms deal. Solace comes in the form of new affections for a banker's daughters, who look like his lost wife and daughter. Part 2 - NO ESCAPE - Cattani uses a TV interview to reveal he found out about one of The Octopus telephone numbers. That is enough to spread havoc in the criminal rang, but the mafia leaves the American investigators no escape. Part 3 - THIRSTING FOR VENGEANCE - Cattani falls in love with Giulia, but his inquest does not go far, until Giulia's father dies, and her grandfather takes hold of the family bank again. Part 4 - REFUGE - The Antinari bank is backing the illegal arms deal, trusted friends and servants may not be what they seem, and Cattani is undecided between personal vendetta and life in... Written by Artemis-9

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Release Date:

5 April 1987 (Italy) See more »

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(6 parts) | (7 parts) | (7 parts) | (7 parts)

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Dolby Digital

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1.33 : 1
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Commissario Corrado Cattani: [at a wedding reception inside a police headquarters in Sicily] Thank you, thank you. But I'm not good with speeches. What should I say? Well I am happy. Yes, Im happy with this marriage, celebrated inside these walls where we live, for better or for worse, but we live. We must also live for those who we once loved and that are not with us anymore. Let us live, denouncing what isn't right, fighting those who won't speak. But we speak. It is important to speak, even if no-one listens, because ...
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Magnificent Italian mini series, with depth, action, sensitivity and emotionality
1 January 2007 | by OnnoMvanSantenSee all my reviews

I first saw some of La Piovra when I lived in Holland. Then I bought the full series. You need a all region player. La Piovra consists of 4 series, each individually containing between 4 and around 12 parts. The subtitling is a good thing, you hear the language and the emotion played well by all the characters rather then have it distorted by voice over actors. The first two series are very much linked to each other and you must see both. Because the tragedies that play in the main character's life, you will get drawn in, and will want to see all the series.

The serious start in Sicily. Corrado Cattani (played by Michaele Placido) accepts a position as chief of police, after his predecessor is found murdered in his car. He starts an investigation after the murder, and while doing so, gets involved in the local scene. As part of his investigations, he gets involved with a local girl, the daughter of a countess who was found dead in her home. Put into the mix a local Mafia criminal who is crazy for the daughter of the countess, a lawyer who as part of the Mafia is never up to anything good and a police chief who works both unconventional and with a tenacity that is unmatched and you are in for a wonderful ride. A classic ride that is not matched by anything made in the last twenty years or so (hill street blues was good, but does not have the elegance and style that comes naturally to the Italians). All parts link up well, but you need to keep focused as there are many things going on at the same time.

If you like the Italian language, the way of life (not necessarily that of the Mafia influence, the country side and the culture, this is a treat.

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