Corrado Cattani is a police inspector whose life is devoted to fighting the Italian mafia (known here as "La Piovra" or "The Octopus"). Even as his family and life are being destroyed by ... See full summary »
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La piovra 2 (1985–1986)
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Part 1 - PAOLA - Police Inspector Cattani fights a losing battle to save his loved daughter's sanity, after what she suffered (see "La Piovra", original mini-series). He loses her, and his ... See full summary »

Stars: Michele Placido, Florinda Bolkan, Paul Guers
La piovra 3 (1987)
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Part 1 - GOOD AND EVIL - After the mafia killed his family, and a number of people who trusted him, Cattani sees a couple of criminals condemned to light sentences only. A DEA team brings ... See full summary »

Stars: Michele Placido, Giuliana de Sio, Alain Cuny
La piovra 4 (1989)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

A couple of years have passed since Corrado Cattani and Giulia Antinari broke up; during this time, Giulia died in an accident (that might or might not have been planned by Tano) and ... See full summary »

Stars: Michele Placido, Patricia Millardet, Remo Girone
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Superintendent Corrado Cattani is dead. After his lover, the beautiful judge Silvia Conti, recovers somewhat from the shock over his death, she decides to take vengeance and carry on his ... See full summary »

Stars: Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Patricia Millardet, Remo Girone
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In Episode 1, The Killing Attempt, police detective Davide Licata survives badly wounded, so much so that his personal and love life will be affected. In Episode 2, The Core, he is tempted ... See full summary »

Stars: Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Remo Girone, Ferruccio De Ceresa
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MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD! Episode 1 - RETURN TO SICILY - is the coming back of several characters to the little town where, years ago, the police commissary Cattani was set up and murdered by ... See full summary »

Stars: Raoul Bova, Anita Zagaria, Renato De Carmine
La piovra 10 (TV Movie 2001)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: Luigi Perelli
Stars: Remo Girone, Patricia Millardet, Elena Arvigo
La piovra 9 - Il patto (TV Movie 1998)
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A woman investigates the shady dealings between her husband's bank and the mafia. She has a series of secret liaisons with a police captain, once her lover, just to pass on the information,... See full summary »

Director: Giacomo Battiato
Stars: Raoul Bova, Anja Kling, Maurizio Donadoni
La piovra 8 - Lo scandalo (TV Movie 1997)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The history of Italian Maffia from the 1950s to the 1960s - a prequel to the events told in "La Piovra" other mini-series.

Director: Giacomo Battiato
Stars: Raoul Bova, Anja Kling, Luca Zingaretti
Il capo dei capi (TV Mini-Series 2007)
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Based on the life of Salvatore Riina ('Totò u Curtu'), a mafioso boss from Corleone, Sicily.

Stars: Claudio Gioè, Daniele Liotti, Salvatore Lazzaro
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Patricia Millardet ...
 Magistrato Silvia Conti 6 episodes, 1984
Nicole Jamet ...
 Else Cattani 6 episodes, 1984
Angelo Infanti ...
 Sante Cirinná 6 episodes, 1984
Pino Colizzi ...
 Nanni Santamaria 6 episodes, 1984
Renato Mori ...
 Vice-Commissario Giuseppe Altero 6 episodes, 1984
Eurilla del Bono ...
 Anna Caruso 6 episodes, 1984
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 Paola Cattani 6 episodes, 1984
Geoffrey Copleston ...
 Alfredo Ravanusa 6 episodes, 1984
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 Professor Sebastiano Cannito 6 episodes, 1984
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 Professor Gianfranco Laudeo 6 episodes, 1984
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 Don Manfredi 6 episodes, 1984
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 Olga Camastra 6 episodes, 1984
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 Avvocato Terrasini 6 episodes, 1984
Erina Spoto ...
 Irina, the Cattanis' housekeeper 6 episodes, 1984
Michele Abruzzo ...
 Prosecutor Scardona 5 episodes, 1984
Luigi Atzeri ...
 Police Officer Martini 5 episodes, 1984
Domenico Gennaro ...
 Antonio, Cirinná's Cousin 5 episodes, 1984
Giuseppe Pierini ...
 Cirinná's Second Cousin 5 episodes, 1984
Franco Tranchina ...
 Chief Morelli 5 episodes, 1984
Alfredo Chiodi ...
 Bodyguard #2 5 episodes, 1984
Marcello Venditti ...
 Bodyguard #1 5 episodes, 1984
Massimo Bonetti ...
 Vice-Commissario Leo De Maria 4 episodes, 1984
Maria Denaro ...
 Cirinná's Mother 4 episodes, 1984
Regina Margherita ...
Rossana La Rosa ...
Simona Cavallari ...
 Ester Rasi 3 episodes, 1984
Rosangela Pagana ...
 Rosa, Terrasini's niece 3 episodes, 1984
Patrizia Allegra ...
 Spilungona, Ravanusa's Daughter 3 episodes, 1984
Marcello Perracchio ...
 Accountant Lo Spanno 3 episodes, 1984
Silvino Vaccaro ...
 Franco Caruso, Anna's Brother 3 episodes, 1984
Luigi Vallini ...
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 Professor Cristina 3 episodes, 1984
Renato Cecchetto ...
 Prosecutor Achille Bordonaro 3 episodes, 1984
Alessandro de Fredericis ...
 Don Garofalo 3 episodes, 1984
Francesco Bagarella ...
Francesco Lauriano ...
 Barone Platto 2 episodes, 1984
Pinuccia Passarello ...
 Opera singer 2 episodes, 1984
Alfonso Giganti ...
 Carabinieri Captain 2 episodes, 1984
Antonio Orlando ...
 Police Officer Leo Settimelli 2 episodes, 1984
Giuseppe Namio ...
 Armando Bolla 2 episodes, 1984
Mimmo Mignemi ...
 Gaetano Mercenise 2 episodes, 1984
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Corrado Cattani is a police inspector whose life is devoted to fighting the Italian mafia (known here as "La Piovra" or "The Octopus"). Even as his family and life are being destroyed by ruthless criminals, the intrepid comissar keeps fighting... Written by Boris Shafir

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RAI wanted Franco Nero to play Corrado Cattani. But Damiano Damiani insisted on Michele Placido. See more »

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Comtessa Raffaella Pecci Scialoia: I'm so scared of death... It's always so... unexpected.
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Moralistic loner inspector Cattani fights organised crime in Italy
19 September 2004 | by (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I saw the series on DVD; there are 4 series with the terrific Michele Placido in the lead as solitary and stubborn police inspector Corrado Cattani, who is determined to conquer the evil elements in Italy.

To start with, it's interesting to see the dramatic quality increase of the production. In the first series the sound and image quality is terrible, yet in the fourth everything seems to be at a higher level. More attention was paid to the cinematography, it looks more professional and there are more dramatic "tricks" than in the previous series. Even the actresses look more beautiful! Patricia Millardet plays the mature and strong judge Silvia Conti to work aside Cattani while Simona Cavallari plays the juvenile Esther Rasi who idolizes Cattani) Next to being a thriller, La Piovra is also convincing as a study of organised crime in Italy. The characters are well developed and the acting is fantastic. The basic plot line: inspector Cattani's eternal conflict of interests between his family life and his professional life, which sometimes leads to very dramatic scenes. He loves his family yet his urge to combat organised crime in his beloved country is equally strong. At various points he is "accused" of being a moralist. Actually he is one of the few that dares to makes a fist against the bunch of opportunists who seem to have infiltrated Italy's political and economic system at all possible levels... The tormented inspector fights different enemies; my favourite one is Tano Carridi (4th series, very well played by Remo Girone). He displays a great mix of villainy and sadness that almost makes you symphatise with him. A worthy opponent of Cattani! The great music by Ennio Morricone in the series also adds a lot to the atmosphere! I highly recommend this series.


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