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La Scorta (1994)

Claudio Amendola , Carlo Cecchi , Ricky Tognazzi  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CR8QV6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,884 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

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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.

Review

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

"A TIGHT THRILLER!" -- The Washington Post

"POWERFUL AND EXPLOSIVE!" -- Film Four

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

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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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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 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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 Gripping - Intense December 26, 2008
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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 government. A true...must watch film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars La Scorta... August 30, 2013
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"La Scorta" (escort/bodyguard) details the jobs taken by some young policemen in protecting law enforcers from...the Mob. "La Scorta" shows in fairly graphic terms what these law enforcers have to deal with in the performance of their jobs - and the toll it takes on them - and their families.

Honestly, I don't see how these guys could even walk out the door to face the day...they were facing a losing battle to start with (via corruption from within and the Mob moviing against them)!

In Italian (with sub-titles)...

Recommended!

I rate "La Scorta"...Four stars!
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