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Una voce di notte 

A supermarket controlled by a Mafia family is robbed, setting off a chain of events in which the Mafia's political links start to transpire.


Alberto Sironi


Francesco Bruni (screenplay), Andrea Camilleri (novel) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Luca Zingaretti ... Commissario Salvo Montalbano
Cesare Bocci ... Mimì Augello
Peppino Mazzotta ... Ispettore Giuseppe Fazio
Saverio Marconi Saverio Marconi ... Michele Strangio
Angelo Russo Angelo Russo ... Agente Catarella
Antonio Milo Antonio Milo ... Luciano Sponses
Andrea Croci Andrea Croci ... Giovanni Strangio
Alice Torriani ... Amalasunta
Roberto Nobile ... Nicolò Zito
Marcello Perracchio Marcello Perracchio ... Dottor Pasquano
Giacinto Ferro Giacinto Ferro ... Questore Bonetti Alderighi
Davide Lo Verde Davide Lo Verde ... Agente Galluzzo
Giovanni Visentin Giovanni Visentin ... Giudice Tommaseo
Saro Minardi Saro Minardi ... Guido Nicotra
Mirella Petralia Mirella Petralia ... Adelina


A Voice in the Night - it's Salvo's birthday and it begins with the gift of an octopus from a local fisherman and a phone call from Livia. On the way to work, a road rage driver acts up resulting in his arrest. While speaking to the driver's lawyer, Salvo gets called in on a grocery store robbery at which the manager is non-cooperative. Just as he is ready to sit down to dinner, the phone rings and he is informed of a suicide. Could the day get better? Written by bek010

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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29 April 2013 (Italy) See more »

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Bleak but very well done
19 October 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love detective mystery dramas, particularly those from the UK and US ('Inspector Morse', 'A Touch of Frost', 'Foyle's War', 'Inspector George Gently', 'Midsomer Murders', 'Law and Order', 'Criminal Minds', 'Monk' and 'Murder She Wrote' for examples, and non-English/American ones (i.e. The Swedish 'Wallander' and the Danish 'The Killing') also fascinate me.

'Inspector Montalbano' is one of the best and most entertaining examples. It is not easy breathing freshness into a well-worn genre but 'Inspector Montalbano' manages to do so with aplomb. Watching 'Inspector Montalbano' is like eating a delicious Italian meal that immensely satisfies and leaves you wanting more. There may be very familiar tropes, but in a way it's inevitable and doesn't detract from the enjoyment at all.

There may be better episodes than "A Voice in the Night", but that it still manages to be a strong episode with not much wrong is testament to how great the show is and the high quality of the best episodes are. "A Voice in the Night" does fall into cliché territory and gets a little over-complicated at times. However, much of the ingredients that make 'Inspector Montalbano' such a pleasure are very present.

One always expects 'Inspector Montalbano' to look good. As always with 'Inspector Montalbano', "A Voice in the Night" is beautifully shot and the scenery is stunning, making those who've never been to Italy want to book a holiday there as soon as possible and is a treat for anybody who loves all things Italian. The scenery as always is atmospheric and the use of it very clever. The music is never over-bearing or low-key with a nice atmosphere and flavour, a lot of it is very cleverly used. The sound effects are remarkably authentic.

As ever, there is a very good mix of humour (not just from Catarella but also Dr Pasquano), nail-biting tension with the police's predicament and the Mafia involvement and humanistic drama that resonates. "A Voice in the Night" is one of the show's darkest and bleakest easily when it comes to the story, but still manages to be absorbing, tightly plotted and brain-teasing without being illogical (though parts are over-complicated). One worries as to whether the humour, especially when a little more eccentric to usual, would jar with this bleaker tone but it just about balanced right.

Characters may be stereotypes but well-written ones, especially one of the most fascinating foreign detective mystery dramas titular characters there is to me.

Acting is terrific, especially from Luca Zingaretti who is a treasure in the title role, having a perfect balance of comedy and drama and playing it straight while always engaging with his material. All the others are great, particularly Cesare Bocci and Angelo Russo.

In conclusion, a very well done episode but be prepared for the bleakness. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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