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La Scorta (1994)

Claudio Amendola , Carlo Cecchi , Ricky Tognazzi  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Claudio Amendola, Carlo Cecchi, Ugo Conti, Leo Gullotta, Angelo Infanti
  • Directors: Ricky Tognazzi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CR8QV6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,486 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "La Scorta" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary Director Ricky Tognazzi and Producer Claudio Bonivento                        
  • Judging La Scorta - Interviews with Director Ricky Tognazzi, Actor Claudio Amendola, Co-Writer Graziano Diana, Co-Writer Simona Izzo, Producer Claudio Bonivento, and Cinematographer Alessio Gelsini
  • U.S. Trailer
  • Italian Trailer

Editorial Reviews

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"A HIGH-OCTANE THRILLER!" -- Moving Pictures

"A TIGHT THRILLER!" -- The Washington Post

"POWERFUL AND EXPLOSIVE!" -- Film Four

"POWERFUL...A Latter Day UNTOUCHABLES!" -- FHM

Product Description

Winner Of Five Italian Oscars Including Best Director - Ricky Tognazzi

Sicily, 1992: When a high-profile judge and his bodyguard are brutally murdered, four reluctant young cops are assigned as 'La Scorta' - Italian for 'the escorts' - to protect the replacement prosecutor from Mafia assassins. But in a country where high level corruption and sudden violence are a way of life, the squad quickly find themselves outnumbered, outgunned and desperately out of time. Even if they can survive the daily threat of car bombs and ambushes, will personal conflicts and backroom betrayals blow apart the nation's most unlikely team of heroes?

Claudio Amendola (in his breakout performance) and Enrico Lo Verso star in this white-knuckle thriller from writer/director Ricky Tognazzi featuring a pounding score by Ennio Morricone and based on a true story of uncommon courage.


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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A forgotten classic well worth remembering April 12, 2006
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La Scorta is one of the best Italian films of the 90s, although that hasn't stopped it from disappearing from circulation for years until Blue Underground's DVD release. Unlike the Eurotrash which is that label's main stock-in-trade, this is a powerful and sober crime drama (rather than an out-and-out thriller) about the small group of bodyguards protecting a judge investigating mafia and government corruption in Sicily. It's certainly not a glamorous portrait: terminally underfunded, they only have two bullet-proof vests between them, and instead of armoured cars they get clapped-out unmarked vehicles the police can't even afford to keep the tanks full. There's not much in the way of action, but there's plenty of suspense over what MIGHT happen. Every abandoned car by the roadside could be a bomb, a stuck gate could be a prime opportunity for an assassin, so that when the expected does finally happen (and to the most obvious candidate in the most obvious fashion) it doesn't feel quite like such a cliche, more inevitability. The film does a good job of humanising its protagonists en route. While they all have the usual stereotyped dead meat trappings - families, girlfriends, pregnant wives - they spend much of the first half jockeying for position, making mistakes and inadvertently betraying their charge. Ricky Tognazzi directs with energy and imagination that belies the film's low budget and is well served by his ensemble cast.

Sadly, the DVD transfer, while acceptable, is not great, although the extras - audio commentary by Ricky Tognazzi and Claudio Bonivento, documentary Judging La Scorta, US trailer and original Italian trailer - are good.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Tense, Human Story of Honor and Courage September 19, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
An engrossing film about a team of Carabinieri (Italian National Police) assigned to bodyguard a crusading magistrate in a Mafia-corrupted city in Sicily. Facing endemic corruption and escalating threats of retribution for their Magistrate's anti-corruption efforts, the "escort" team draws together, determined to protect him in his effort to break the Mafia grip on the city of Trapani. The film effectively portrays the insidiousness of corruption, as tainted politicians and even fellow justice officials seek to obstruct the Magistrate's efforts. Tognazzi creates increasing tension and a sense of foreboding as it becomes clear that the Magistrate and his escort have been targeted for elimination by organized criminal gangs. The film presents an interesting study in group dynamics as the escort team's diverse characters overcome their own bickering, apathy, and (ultimately) fear to protect their charge. The film is strnegthened by engaging performances from its ensemble cast. Tense, thrilling, and inspiring, "La Scorta" is not to be missed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La Scorta: An Un-Hollywood Thriller December 10, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Because Ricky Tognazzi didn't have a Hollywood budget to make this true-crime story work, he relied on the basics: fast action, interesting characters, and genuine tension. Based on the true story of a government prosecutor who stood up to the Mafia in Sicily, "La Scorta" is a good buddy movie and great action movie rolled into one. With little special effects at his disposal, Tognazzi creates tension the old fashioned way: skill. He makes even the most simple moments seem dangerous, as they must have seemed for the real-life escorts whose job it was to protect the prosecutor from assasination. "La Scorta" is vivid proof of great action movies outside of Hollywood.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't even mind the captions - this is a good film! November 24, 2007
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Despite the fact that I knew none of the actors and don't speak Italian, this was a very credible film (and why shouldn't it be - it was a true story). The characters were well formed and very well played and the story was compelling. I think not having "big stars" in this production made it better, as equal attention could be payed to all. This is a film well worth seeing and I will probably watch it many times again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cosa Nostra January 21, 2010
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Another very good Italian movie! Again during a period of terrible unrest in Sicily with the local mafia and the courageous judges who try to make a difference in that faction torn region.

La Scorta, the escorts, or actually the Bodyguards, tells the story of four diverse men detailed to guard the life of yet another Judge sent from the North to try and keep peace and justice in this faction riddled land.

The men have some trouble getting along together but eventually end by forming a tight and close band dedicated to preserving the life of the Judge they are committed to protect.

For who knows this period of Sicilian history the ending is plausible. For others it might come as a surprise. The original Italian dialog is very good. Sub titles are available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tense & very convincing November 8, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
The story centers around a number of very different men (and their families)...they all have one thing in common - their job. The job is to protect a new judge who is intent on clamping down on the mafia - in Sicily...not quite a regular 9 to 5 job and one which gives plenty of room to bring you to the edge of your seat. The score is excellent and adds wonderfully to the tension which just seems to build and build in a delightfully non-Hollywood fashion that doesn't enable you to predict what is going to happen or when.
A great movie which is well worth reading the subtitles for if you don't speak Italian...too bad its not on DVD yet - a VHS copy will surely get worn out as even knowing the story does not remove the impact that this movie has so there is a good chance you will watch it often.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I was really disappointed in this movie.....It seemed like it might have been a TV series in Italy and maybe edited to be made into a movie... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Fran Chiappetta
4.0 out of 5 stars La Scorta...
"La Scorta" (escort/bodyguard) details the jobs taken by some young policemen in protecting law enforcers from...the Mob. Read more
Published 12 months ago by D. S. HARDEN
5.0 out of 5 stars LA SCORTA
If you live and read about the world of Mafia and corruption this movie breaks it down.
It elaborates the lives of the law enforcement officers in Italy and the protection... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Edward
4.0 out of 5 stars autentic drama
this movie is very good. have exelents actors and the quality of video is acceptable.i recommend this movie for people interested in mafia drama movies.
Published on December 8, 2011 by Salvador Torralbas
2.0 out of 5 stars Made for Late Night Television
Somehow Tognazzi has dully rendered what should be riveting material about political and mafioso machinations in Sicilia. Read more
Published on August 4, 2010 by Stefania Casi (The Cultural Sojourner)
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping - Intense
Great movie..will hold your attention from beginning to end. True depiction of what the Mafia is really like and how their tentacles reach out and control businesses and... Read more
Published on December 26, 2008 by AM
3.0 out of 5 stars Special favors between businessmen and certain elected politicians
LA SCORTA, a movie released in 1993, played by Italian

actors, is very much a European movie, that rolls all into

one many aspects of a small, ephemeral... Read more
Published on January 12, 2007 by Pork Chop
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this film
This is a film that Hollywood will probably remake and butcher a la La Femme Nikita. Great, great drama. See the real thing. Ricky Tognazzi is a serious talent. See it.
Published on February 22, 2002 by William B. Chisholm
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