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ACAB - All Cops Are Bastards (2012)

A look at the controversial riot cops unit, told through the stories of three veteran cops and a young recruit.

Director:

Stefano Sollima

Writers:

Carlo Bonini (book), Daniele Cesarano (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierfrancesco Favino ... Cobra
Filippo Nigro ... Negro
Marco Giallini ... Mazinga
Andrea Sartoretti ... Carletto
Domenico Diele ... Adriano
Roberta Spagnuolo ... Maria
Eugenio Mastrandrea ... Giancarlo
Eradis Josende Oberto Eradis Josende Oberto ... Miriam
Carlo Marino Altomonte Carlo Marino Altomonte ... Uomo sfrattato
Riccardo Angelini Riccardo Angelini ... Maresciallo reparto mobile
Alessandra Antinori Alessandra Antinori ... Franca
Livio Beshir Livio Beshir ... Mustafà
Stefania Bogo Stefania Bogo ... Giudice separazione Negro
Antonio Brundu Antonio Brundu ... Poliziotto casa Mazinga
Sebastiano Colla Sebastiano Colla ... Poliziotto narcotici
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A look at the controversial riot cops unit, told through the stories of three veteran cops and a young recruit.

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Taglines:

you can only count on your brothers!

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

27 January 2012 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A.C.A.B. See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Cattleya,Babe Film,Rai Cinema See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Very powerful movie
25 September 2012 | by Pedro PedriSee all my reviews

The movie was an excellent insight of the Italian riot police ("celere"), through the everyday lives of 4 policemen. During the whole movie the tension is always high and it's been for me one of the rare cases where I never, at any point, took the part of the protagonists. Who are, as the title says, literally mean bastards. Despite that, it's a very powerful and emotional movie that reflects how the Italian society has degraded in the last decades (racism, violence, intolerance, corruption, etc)

The use of the photography and the music (great soundtrack!) is always well placed, adding more depth to many scenes. The movie is loosely based on the book with the same name, which is a reportage of a journalist based on true stories heard from real policemen.

I saw it at the Love & Anarchy movie festival in Helsinki, where the director was present and answered the audience's questions. I strongly disagree about the movie being pro-police or fascist. Actually, it's pretty much the opposite. In fact, it takes an almost perfect neutral point of view, trying to show the bare facts. All the opinions come from the viewer, not from the director. He (Stefano Sollima) was also pointing that out since he didn't want to express his judgment. And by the way, he's politically left oriented but the movie has nevertheless been criticized by all the sides: Police, hooligans, right parties and left parties (meaning that he managed to reach his goal...)


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