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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 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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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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Season 3 takes off with a bang!
5 December 2013 | by emuir-1See all my reviews

The first season of La Piovra was fairly restrained in sets and locations as if it was not known if the series would be renewed; therefore, it took place mostly indoors in utilitarian offices and modest homes, relying on a good script and plot.

Season two followed the plot but with better locations, showing lovely hilltop villas in Umbria, small Silician coastal towns, the occasional northern Italian cities, and several Swiss locations. Once again, the plot was engrossing and required the viewer to pay attention as Inspector Corrado followed the money trail to uncover a conspiracy of important people and corrupt officials in banking, government, the military and industry conspiring with the Mafia to control every aspect of Italian life. Corrado's quest has cost him his family and he is out for vengeance.

By the time we reach Season 3, which continues with the same characters left alive after the first two seasons, but with most of the loose ends of the first two seasons tied off, the series really kicks into gear with some very high production values. Money is obviously being spent by now. Almost all the first episode takes place in the large northern city of Milan with some superb street scenes, a car chase and a stand off at the railway terminal. there is also a train journey to Switzerland. As one who has never visited Italy and has impressions of a succession of small medieaval towns with Roman ruins basking in the sun, seeing a large modern city with a cold winter climate was very enlightening. Once again, the conspiracy deepens and spreads further and further beyond Italy. When you have a series on DVD and put on the first disc in the evening and don't stop until the cock crows next morning, you know you have hit a winner.

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