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Excellent Cadavers (1999)

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A lawman and a reformed criminal join forces to see justice done, even at the expense of their lives, in this crime drama based on a true story. Chazz Palminteri plays Giovanni Falcone, a Sicilian magistrate who is determined to break the back of organized crime, which has held sway over his community for too long. With the help of Tommaso Buscetta (F. Murray Abraham), a former Mafia leader who has joined forces with the police, Falcone is able to prosecute hundreds of organized crime figures in the late '80s and early '90s, but his crusade is met with deadly reprisals from the mob.
Rating:
R (violence)
Genre:
Drama
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HBO Video

Cast

Chazz Palminteri
as Giovanni Falcone
F. Murray Abraham
as Tommaso Buscetta
Andy Luotto
as Paolo Borsellino
Anna Galiena
as Francesca Falcone
Lina Sastri
as Agnese Borsellino
Francesco Benigno
as Pino Greco
Ivan Zingariello
as Journalist
Victor Cavallo
as Toto Riina
Arnoldo Foà
as Judge Antonino Caponetto
Ivo Garrani
as Judge Gaetano Caponetto
Gianmarco Tognazzi
as Ninni Cassara
Mattia Sbragia
as Judge Quinzi
Bruno Bilotta
as Salvatore Inzerillo
Luigi Maria Burruano
as Luciano Leggia
Allan Caister Pearce
as Judge Alfonso Giordamo
Joanna De Carvalho
as Maria Buschetta
Giovinni Di Benedetto
as Michele Greco
Mario Erpichini
as Judge Rocco Chinnici
Carla Cassola
as Chinnici's Wife
Giuseppe Ieracitano
as Young Buscetta
Renato Izzo
as Dalla Chiesa
Elena Paris
as Emanuela S.C. Dalla Chiesa
Davide Petrucci
as Manfredi Borsellino
Imma Piro
as Cristina Buscetta
Sara Scarpati
as Lucia Borsellino
Carlo Silvani
as Nino Salvo
Renato Tondinelli
as Tilo Inzerillo
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Critic Reviews for Excellent Cadavers

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

But in spite of all that--and in spite of the artfully lit interviews and energetic musical score--the documentary resolves into an accumulation of names, dates, and mundane procedural detail.

July 12, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

Though not a feelgood flick by any means, this encyclopedic recounting/bittersweet biopic does pay tribute to two dudes crazy enough not only to take on the mob, but to win for a while.

Full Review… | July 7, 2007
NewsBlaze

...if you ever wondered what might happen if you literally stapled your mouth shut, this is definitely the flick for you.

Full Review… | November 12, 2002
Reel Film Reviews

Dull and pedantic, especially for an HBO production.

January 1, 2000
Filmcritic.com

Audience Reviews for Excellent Cadavers

This was an HBO Event.Anything True & Mafia related, I can't help but indulge my curiosity.Despite the Crazy Name, this was a great True Story of the Man,Judge Giovanni Falcone(Chazz Palminteri) with the courage to go after the Mafia Run city of Palermo, at all cost.Quite Interesting & well portrayed

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

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