Crime Novel Reviews

  • Sep 15, 2020

    In 1970s Rome, four young delinquents, nicknamed Ice, Lebanese, Dandi and Grand steal a car. Crashing through a police road block, the driver, Grand is crushed by the steering column. Back at their hideout, a small disused caravan near a beach, they are discovered by the police. Cold, Lebanese and Dandi run away, but are captured. Grand, who is mortally wounded, dies in the caravan. Roll opening credits. Some years later, in the 1970s, Ice is released from prison and joins up with Lebanese, who tells him he has come up with a plan to kidnap and hold to ransom Baron Rossellini, a wealthy aristocrat for whom Lebanese's parents worked. He has formed a gang with Dandi - they are Black, Bright Eye, Ricotta, Bufalo, Rat and Ciro and Aldo Buffoni. After negotiating the ransom of 3 billion lire, the Baron is shot by one of the Cannizzari brothers who have been entrusted by Lebanese to guard him. Nonetheless, they take a picture of the dead man with a newspaper and get the 3 billion lire. However, the local Police Commissioner Nicola Scialoja manages to record the serial numbers of the ransom money before the gang receives it, setting out to capture the gang. As the gang divide up the money, Lebanese proposes to split 500 million lire between them, and use the remaining 2.5 billion to build a foothold in the criminal underworld of Rome, starting with drug dealing. However, the drugs racket is owned by the dealer Terrible, and so the gang wipe his gang out apart from Gemito, who Lebanese bribes to help them. After his home is raided and his body guards killed, Terrible wakes to find Ice, Lebanese and Dandi in his bedroom. Cornered, he reluctantly agrees to let give control of the racket to the gang... "Romanzo Criminale" is based on Giancarlo De Cataldo's 2002 novel, which is in turn inspired by the Banda della Magliana true story. The Magliana gang was one of the most powerful Italian criminal associations, dominating Rome's drug, gambling and other kinds of crime activities from the early 1970s to 1992 (death of Enrico De Pedis). The gang's affiliates start their career kidnapping rich people, drug dealing (hashish, cocaine, heroin, etc.) from the 1970s they started working with the Italian secret service, fascists, terrorists, the Sicilian Mafia, Camorra and many more. Some gang members are still alive, as inmates of an Italian prison, or justice collaborators. This Italian mob film suffers from a wobbly storyline, wobbly editing, wobbly acting and a wobbly scene structure. Just poor in my eyes.

    In 1970s Rome, four young delinquents, nicknamed Ice, Lebanese, Dandi and Grand steal a car. Crashing through a police road block, the driver, Grand is crushed by the steering column. Back at their hideout, a small disused caravan near a beach, they are discovered by the police. Cold, Lebanese and Dandi run away, but are captured. Grand, who is mortally wounded, dies in the caravan. Roll opening credits. Some years later, in the 1970s, Ice is released from prison and joins up with Lebanese, who tells him he has come up with a plan to kidnap and hold to ransom Baron Rossellini, a wealthy aristocrat for whom Lebanese's parents worked. He has formed a gang with Dandi - they are Black, Bright Eye, Ricotta, Bufalo, Rat and Ciro and Aldo Buffoni. After negotiating the ransom of 3 billion lire, the Baron is shot by one of the Cannizzari brothers who have been entrusted by Lebanese to guard him. Nonetheless, they take a picture of the dead man with a newspaper and get the 3 billion lire. However, the local Police Commissioner Nicola Scialoja manages to record the serial numbers of the ransom money before the gang receives it, setting out to capture the gang. As the gang divide up the money, Lebanese proposes to split 500 million lire between them, and use the remaining 2.5 billion to build a foothold in the criminal underworld of Rome, starting with drug dealing. However, the drugs racket is owned by the dealer Terrible, and so the gang wipe his gang out apart from Gemito, who Lebanese bribes to help them. After his home is raided and his body guards killed, Terrible wakes to find Ice, Lebanese and Dandi in his bedroom. Cornered, he reluctantly agrees to let give control of the racket to the gang... "Romanzo Criminale" is based on Giancarlo De Cataldo's 2002 novel, which is in turn inspired by the Banda della Magliana true story. The Magliana gang was one of the most powerful Italian criminal associations, dominating Rome's drug, gambling and other kinds of crime activities from the early 1970s to 1992 (death of Enrico De Pedis). The gang's affiliates start their career kidnapping rich people, drug dealing (hashish, cocaine, heroin, etc.) from the 1970s they started working with the Italian secret service, fascists, terrorists, the Sicilian Mafia, Camorra and many more. Some gang members are still alive, as inmates of an Italian prison, or justice collaborators. This Italian mob film suffers from a wobbly storyline, wobbly editing, wobbly acting and a wobbly scene structure. Just poor in my eyes.

  • Apr 18, 2017

    People!!! You don't know what you are rating! This is a very good work, an exciting and true to the facts tv series presenting an important chapter of Italian history of organized crime. This doesn't happen often, as usually it's all about the fiction and the action! If you are looking for Al Pacino kinda fiction, this is not it.

    People!!! You don't know what you are rating! This is a very good work, an exciting and true to the facts tv series presenting an important chapter of Italian history of organized crime. This doesn't happen often, as usually it's all about the fiction and the action! If you are looking for Al Pacino kinda fiction, this is not it.

  • Mar 22, 2016

    Un canile. Accorsi urla soltanto, la migliore è Patrizia (perché doppiata). Si salvano Stuart e Santamaria giusto perché si possono guarda'. Bella la trama.

    Un canile. Accorsi urla soltanto, la migliore è Patrizia (perché doppiata). Si salvano Stuart e Santamaria giusto perché si possono guarda'. Bella la trama.

  • Nov 16, 2012

    Una produzione italiana con un cast d'eccellenza. Si distinguono regia, montaggio e fotografia che rendono la narrazione avvincente, ammiccante nei temi politici e il ritmo sostenuto. Spiccano Favino e Santamaria più di Rossi Stuart.

    Una produzione italiana con un cast d'eccellenza. Si distinguono regia, montaggio e fotografia che rendono la narrazione avvincente, ammiccante nei temi politici e il ritmo sostenuto. Spiccano Favino e Santamaria più di Rossi Stuart.

  • Sep 26, 2012

    Based on the true story of an infamous band of criminals, the movie is Another Italian mafia movie but with the excitement of a stylish aesthetics and a strong group of actors. Not a bad movie at all

    Based on the true story of an infamous band of criminals, the movie is Another Italian mafia movie but with the excitement of a stylish aesthetics and a strong group of actors. Not a bad movie at all

  • Aug 09, 2012

    While this story gets a bit convoluted and it doesn't bring that much to the genre, it remains a really watchable film due to the strong performances.

    While this story gets a bit convoluted and it doesn't bring that much to the genre, it remains a really watchable film due to the strong performances.

  • Mar 26, 2012

    Esta es la clase de historia que bien pudo haber dirigido Martin Scorsese en los 1970, à (C)poca en la que está ambientada la película. Narra el origen de una peligrosa banda criminal en Italia, encabezada por 3 amigos. Durante su niñez roban un auto y así comienzan una ambiciosa carrera criminal, en la que se verán a sí mismos ascender al poder de manera muy rápida. La narración de la película es así, rápida, algo impulsiva, sin detenerse mucho en explicaciones o detalles. Por ejemplo, su primer gran crimen, el secuestro de un hombre, se resuelve tal vez demasiado rápido. Se pasa por alto la negociación y el pago del rescate es demasiado sencillo. Con este dinero, nuestros protagonistas: Libano (Pierfrancesco Pavino), Dandi (Claudio Santamaria) y, el que lleva la mayor carga dramática, Freddo (Kim Rossi Stuart), jefes consumados de una gran banda de mafiosos, se lanzarán a invertir dicho dinero en negocios sucios, tráfico de drogas y todo lo imaginable, borrando del mapa a los principales capos y ganándose enemigos por doquier.

    Esta es la clase de historia que bien pudo haber dirigido Martin Scorsese en los 1970, à (C)poca en la que está ambientada la película. Narra el origen de una peligrosa banda criminal en Italia, encabezada por 3 amigos. Durante su niñez roban un auto y así comienzan una ambiciosa carrera criminal, en la que se verán a sí mismos ascender al poder de manera muy rápida. La narración de la película es así, rápida, algo impulsiva, sin detenerse mucho en explicaciones o detalles. Por ejemplo, su primer gran crimen, el secuestro de un hombre, se resuelve tal vez demasiado rápido. Se pasa por alto la negociación y el pago del rescate es demasiado sencillo. Con este dinero, nuestros protagonistas: Libano (Pierfrancesco Pavino), Dandi (Claudio Santamaria) y, el que lleva la mayor carga dramática, Freddo (Kim Rossi Stuart), jefes consumados de una gran banda de mafiosos, se lanzarán a invertir dicho dinero en negocios sucios, tráfico de drogas y todo lo imaginable, borrando del mapa a los principales capos y ganándose enemigos por doquier.

  • Feb 14, 2012

    A "must-see"! The background is the social and political situation in Italy troubled by the terrorism and dangerous liaisons of a Christian state and the organized crime. The film mixes violence, friendship, betrayal, love, generosity, beauty, hate, revenge. Love and women have a central role in the motivation of the protagonists in the collapse of the certainties and the impulses of criminals. The plot is amazing and acting is good by most part. Good choice of songs for a soundtrack.

    A "must-see"! The background is the social and political situation in Italy troubled by the terrorism and dangerous liaisons of a Christian state and the organized crime. The film mixes violence, friendship, betrayal, love, generosity, beauty, hate, revenge. Love and women have a central role in the motivation of the protagonists in the collapse of the certainties and the impulses of criminals. The plot is amazing and acting is good by most part. Good choice of songs for a soundtrack.

  • Feb 11, 2012

    Una produzione italiana con un cast d'eccellenza. Si distinguono regia, montaggio e fotografia che rendono la narrazione avvincente, ammiccante nei temi politici e il ritmo sostenuto. Spiccano Favino e Santamaria più di Rossi Stuart.

    Una produzione italiana con un cast d'eccellenza. Si distinguono regia, montaggio e fotografia che rendono la narrazione avvincente, ammiccante nei temi politici e il ritmo sostenuto. Spiccano Favino e Santamaria più di Rossi Stuart.

  • Jan 07, 2012

    if you're european you get it, if you're american you don't, simples....

    if you're european you get it, if you're american you don't, simples....