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Gomorrah (2008)

Gomorra (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 10 April 2009 (USA)
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Scampia Vele is the corbusian architecture which has become a stronghold for Mafia of Naples, Italy.

Director:

Matteo Garrone

Writers:

Roberto Saviano (book), Maurizio Braucci (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 34 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Salvatore Abbruzzese Salvatore Abbruzzese ... Totò (as Salvatore Abruzzese)
Simone Sacchettino Simone Sacchettino ... Simone
Salvatore Ruocco ... Boxer
Vincenzo Fabricino Vincenzo Fabricino ... Pitbull
Vincenzo Altamura Vincenzo Altamura ... Gaetano (as Gaetano Altamura)
Italo Renda Italo Renda ... Italo
Francesco Pirozzi Francesco Pirozzi ... Michele
Antonio Aiello Antonio Aiello ... Farrel
Vincenzo Caso Vincenzo Caso ... Enzo
Anna Sarnelli Anna Sarnelli ... Totò's mother
Salvatore Russo Salvatore Russo ... O'Lungo
Antonio Spina Antonio Spina ... O'Zi Bi
Francesco Paesano Francesco Paesano ... O'Chiatto
Marco Stanchi Marco Stanchi ... Killer in tanning salon
Armando Irace Armando Irace ... Killer in tanning salon
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"Gomorra" is a contemporary Neapolitan mob drama that exposes Italy's criminal underbelly by telling five stories of individuals who think they can make their own compact with Camorra, the area's Mafia. Written by anonymous

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Crime | Drama

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Trivia

Throughout the film, Franco is assisted by a young man named Roberto. Some viewers and critics assumed this was a reference to author Roberto Saviano, who infiltrated a real Camorra gang while writing the original book. However, Saviano himself has stated the name of the character is a coincidence. See more »

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At the beginning of the movie you can clearly see the character named Amerigo belly moving, when his dead body remains on the chair, where he has been having his nails cut. See more »

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Featured in De wereld draait door: Episode #4.31 (2008) See more »

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Written by S. Viola and F. D'Alessio
Performed by Rosario Miraggio
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Great portrayal, location shooting and acting.
13 December 2015 | by nicolechan916See all my reviews

The actors did a great job with their characters, and rightly so as most are locals of the area. The usage of non-professional actors/ local talent really helped in capturing the authenticity of the story. Also, the location-shooting did a great job in capturing the core of the Mafia, while also establishing its widespread influences. The spaces we see are limited, but many. What I mean by this is that because of the different story-lines, we see many different spaces, but what we see of these spaces is limited. They do not travel much in their own settings (except for Franco and Roberto who travel across the country).

The first scene of the film establishes the violence of the subject and the aggressiveness of the Mafia. The film does show quite a bit of explicit content. This helps to deny the glorification that being part of the Mafia is usually depicted as bringing. Unlike how conspicuous consumption and success is shown in Scarface (which is also referenced in this movie), Matteo Garrone makes an effort not to show that side of glorification. The Mafia members here are ruthless, violent and seemingly do not have morals. It takes little to agitate them and loyalty plays a big part in maintaining one's safety. This again shows the reality of the film and the lives of the people in Naples.

The endings of the different story-lines complement each other in sending the message that you are either with or against the Camorra. Although in the case of Roberto, his future is left ambiguous which is a little confusing.

Overall a great portrayal of the Camorra system in Naples, with well established story-lines and great acting. What makes this film terrifying is the fact that this is based from reality and that the people living there have no choice but to go along or face the consequences (usually death).

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Neapolitan | Italian | Mandarin | French

Release Date:

10 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,532, 21 December 2008

Gross USA:

$1,579,146

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,089,668
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Fandango, Rai Cinema, Sky See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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