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Confessions of a Police Captain (1971)

Confessione di un commissario di polizia al procuratore della repubblica (original title)
PG | | Crime, Drama | 26 March 1971 (Italy)
One of the first films about the mafia occurrence, in which the fight is hopeless, because "the polyp's feeler" reaches everything and everybody. A police inspector and a deputy public ... See full summary »

Director:

Damiano Damiani

Writers:

Damiano Damiani (story), Fulvio Gicca Palli (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Franco Nero ... Deputy D.A. Traini
Martin Balsam ... Commissario Giacomo Bonavia
Marilù Tolo ... Serena Li Puma
Claudio Gora ... District Attorney Malta
Luciano Catenacci Luciano Catenacci ... Ferdinando Lomunno (as Luciano Lorcas)
Giancarlo Prete ... Giampaolo Rizzo
Arturo Dominici ... Lawyer Canistraro
Michele Gammino ... Gammino
Adolfo Lastretti ... Michele Li Puma
Nello Pazzafini Nello Pazzafini ... Prisoner
Calisto Calisti Calisto Calisti ... A mafioso, e.g. involved in wall in
Wanda Vismara Wanda Vismara ... Traini's maid
Adele Modica Adele Modica ... Lina Paladino - lover of Bonavia
Dante Cleri Dante Cleri ... Usher
Roy Bosier Roy Bosier ... Giuseppe Lasciatelli
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Storyline

One of the first films about the mafia occurrence, in which the fight is hopeless, because "the polyp's feeler" reaches everything and everybody. A police inspector and a deputy public prosecutor try to prove that the architect in the city is in the mafia. Written by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

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He cut the red tape and left it full of bullet holes! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

26 March 1971 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Confessions of a Police Captain See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ben Gazzara was approached to play Commmissario Bonavia, but turned said offer down. See more »

Quotes

Deputy D.A. Traini: You're no better than the racketeers you say you hate so much.
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Crazy Credits

Permission to shoot in the Basile Room was graciously offered by the Grand-Hotel Villa Igiea of Palermo See more »

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Masterly cop drama
8 January 2001 | by rundbauchdodoSee all my reviews

This exceptional Italian crime drama not only presents an extremely plausible and thrilling plot, but also protagonists Franco Nero and Martin Balsam delivering their performances of their lives.

Director Damiani, best known for his mafia films (and maybe for "Amityville 2" which stands as his only horror film he ever directed), tells a gripping story about a frustrated police officer (Balsam) who decides to use illegal methods to get his hands on a criminal (probably a member of the mob - but the mafia is not an obvious topic in this film). But Balsam's character is rather tragic than villainous, so one really suffers with him when the district attorney (Nero) lays his hands on him. Nero's character too is not villainous at all, because he's just doing his job.

A powerful masterpiece, highly recommended and thoroughly impressive.


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