The Third Lion (2001)

Il terzo leone (original title)
A new case for the Inspector Cellini. The solution of the crime is once again hidden in the twilight zone between reality and fantasy.


Manlio Roseano


Manlio Roseano
3 wins. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Alessandro Brunello Alessandro Brunello ... Coroner
Franco Castellano Franco Castellano ... Inspector Cellini
Franco Ferrante Franco Ferrante ... Don Guglielmo
Emanuela Galliussi ... Arianna
Mariani Mattia Mariani Mattia ... Sacristan
Alessandro Mizzi Alessandro Mizzi ... Ventura
Sandro Rossit Sandro Rossit ... Pathologist
Luciano Virgilio ... Professor Moretti
Francesco Zuppel Francesco Zuppel ... Doctor


On a winter night, the priest of Saint Margaret, Don Guglielmo, has been found dead, apparently of natural causes. For a long time he was studying and keeping very jealously, three ancient parchments. Those text describe the existence of a mysterious treasure linked with an ancient esoteric cult: the Benandanti, or "Good walkers", and they seem to be connected with his death. His young niece and only heir, Arianna, unaware her uncle's studies, seems to not know about her uncle's conspicuous Swiss bank account. The controversial contribution of the eccentric professor Moretti, expert of popular traditions and ancient cults, in solving the case, doesn't lead to the desired solution. The case gets more intrigued when also the sacristan of Saint Margaret is found dead in mysterious circumstances. Why Don Guglielmo died from an heart attack even with a healthy heart? What are really those ancient parchments and their mysterious treasure? What was the priest using the money in Switzerland ... Written by Manlio Roseano

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Lead actor 'Franco Castellano', became father in the middle of the shooting. See more »

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Release Date:

14 July 2001 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Third Lion See more »

Filming Locations:

Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy See more »


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ITL300,000,000 (estimated)
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Sken√© S.N.C. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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