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Romanzo criminale (2005)

Set in the 1970s, it's the story of three lifelong friends who take control of organized crime in Rome.

Director:

Michele Placido

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Rossi Stuart ... Il Freddo
Anna Mouglalis ... Patrizia / Cinzia
Pierfrancesco Favino ... Libano
Claudio Santamaria ... Il Dandi
Stefano Accorsi ... Commissario Scialoja
Riccardo Scamarcio ... Il Nero
Jasmine Trinca ... Roberta
Toni Bertorelli Toni Bertorelli ... La Voce
Gigi Angelillo Gigi Angelillo ... Zio Carlo
Antonello Fassari ... Ciro Buffoni
Elio Germano ... Il Sorcio
Franco Interlenghi ... Barone Rosellini
Donato Placido Donato Placido ... Colussi
Massimo Popolizio ... Il Terribile
Gianmarco Tognazzi Gianmarco Tognazzi ... Carenza (as Gian Marco Tognazzi)
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Storyline

Italy, the 1970s, in the grip of molded politics, corruption and the mafia. A small circle of friends grows up in Rome and decides to use their skills and connections with organized crime and specialists to carve out their own share. Thus Il Freddo, Libano and Il Dandi builds up a rogue crime empire. Commissario Scialoja however gives chase, successfully once he can play on the breakdown of their loyalty, especially from Patrizia 'Cinzia'. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama

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Release Date:

30 September 2005 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Kings of Crime See more »

Filming Locations:

Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€818,418 (Italy), 30 September 2005, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Michele Placido wanted Paz Vega to play Patrizia but she could not take on the role because of scheduling conflicts. Anna Mouglalis was cast instead. See more »

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Version of Romanzo criminale - La serie (2008) See more »

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To The Criminals With Love
9 October 2005 | by gabrieletaiboSee all my reviews

There is long tradition in Italian cinema in which the hero is a thief or a pathetic loser or a criminal or, like in "Romanzo Criminale" all three. Part of the tradition is to humanize the beasts, to give them feelings, to make us feel for them. Here we're giving an endless romance based on the real life Magliana band, a bunch of heartless, violent thugs that dominated the Roman gangland in the 70's. Michele Placido and his script writers concoct a confused and confusing document that is as annoying, tedious and opportunistic as it is long, endless really. There is, however, one big plus in its favor, the actors. They are given a sketchy draw of their perverse characters but they go for it with body and soul. Kim Rossi Stuart's tormented Freddo exudes a cutting pain that makes you think he has a conscience. Claudio Santamaria projects danger without even trying and the "Libanese" is played by an actor totally new to me, Pierfrancesco Favino, that gives the best performance by an Italian Actor in many, many moons. Riccardo Scamarcio has a face to launch a thousand ships but unfortunately no character and Stefano Accorsi is totally unbelievable in a character that is nothing short of absurd. Explosions, production values, American style editing, but very slow pacing, a brilliant dirty photography by the great Luca Bigazzi. What a pity that with all of this talent available the end result is so mediocre.


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