The Day of the Owl stars Franco Nero (Django) as a police chief who, while investigating the death of a construction worker, goes up against corrupt officials and a ruthless mafia boss (Lee J. Cobb, On the Waterfront). Adapted from the celebrated novel by Leonardo Sciascia (Illustrious Corpses, Todo Modo), The Day of the Owl was the first book to openly deal with organised crime in Sicily. Director Damiano Damiani followed in the civic-minded cinema of Francesco Rosi and Elio Petri while forging a new path for the action-orientated cinema of the poliziottesco that would follow, creating something uniquely his own. A prestigious production, it was in the running for best film at the Berlin Film Festival and at home won David di Donatello Awards for stars Nero and Claudia Cardinale, along with Damiani, and Best Film.

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Mafia (1968)

R

Drama/Crime · 1h 49m · 2/17/1968

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What are 'friends' for...? Why, for murder, terror, extortion, violence and other profitable enterprises!

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The Day of the Owl stars Franco Nero (Django) as a police chief who, while investigating the death of a construction worker, goes up against corrupt officials and a ruthless mafia boss (Lee J. Cobb, On the Waterfront). Adapted from the celebrated novel by Leonardo Sciascia (Illustrious Corpses, Todo Modo), The Day of the Owl was the first book to openly deal with organised crime in Sicily. Director Damiano Damiani followed in the civic-minded cinema of Francesco Rosi and Elio Petri while forging a new path for the action-orientated cinema of the poliziottesco that would follow, creating something uniquely his own. A prestigious production, it was in the running for best film at the Berlin Film Festival and at home won David di Donatello Awards for stars Nero and Claudia Cardinale, along with Damiani, and Best Film.

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Status

Released

Language

Italian

Countries

Italy, France

Production Company

Corona Cinematografica
Cast
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Claudia Cardinale

Rosa Nicolosi
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Franco Nero

Capt. Bellodi
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Lee J. Cobb

Don Mariano Arena
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Tano Cimarosa

Zecchinetta (as Gaetano Cimarosa)
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Nehemiah Persoff

Pizzuco
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Ennio Balbo

First Mafioso at the Banquet
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Ugo D'Alessio

Second Mafioso at the Banquet
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Fred Coplan

Brigadier
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Giovanni Pallavicino

Police Sergeant
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Giuseppe Lauricella

La Stella
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Vincenzo Falanga

Colosimo
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Laura De Marchi

Daughter of Don Mariano
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Brizio Montinaro

Son of Marshal
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Lino Coletta

Young Moustachioed Man with Don Mariano
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Vincenzo Norvese

The Man with a Motorcycle
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Serge Reggiani

Parrinieddu
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Gaetano Di Leo

Carabiniere (uncredited)
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Rosanna Lopapero

Caterina (uncredited)
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Giuseppe Namio

Pizzuco's Assistant (uncredited)
Crew
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Damiano Damiani

Director
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Damiano Damiani

Writer
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Ugo Pirro

Writer
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Leonardo Sciascia

Writer
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