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Excellent Cadavers

3.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Based on an explosive true story - only a fearless man would take on the Mafia in their home territory of Sicily. Those who die trying are called "excellent cadavers." But for Giovanni Falcone (Chazz Palminteri), it becomes an obsession for which he will risk his career, his marriage - and maybe even his life. Falcone finds himself targeting the Mafia when he uncovers mob ties to drug-dealing, government pay-offs and murder. But his biggest brek comes with the arrest of tommasso Buscetta (F. Murray Abraham) known as the "Godfather of Two Worlds." In exchange for falcone's promise of security, buscetta exposes the inner workings of the mafia and the secret multi-family commission that threatens the livesof all who seek to imprison them. Armed with that information, Falcone plans a massive assault on the crime families resulting in a trial with nearly 500 defendants and over 1,000 lawyers and witnesses, There is more than Falcone's career on the line, as every moment brings him either cloer to victory or closer to joining the growing list of Excellent Cadavers.

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  • Actors: Ricky Tognazzi, F. Murray Abraham, Chazz Palminteri
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: HBO
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009B8YZTE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,790 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Because "Excellent Cadavers" - or, as it's titled in Europe and Australia, "Falcone" - is a film based on facts, you begin to watch it knowing perfectly well just what is going to happen and what the ending will be. Nevertheless, it manages to be gripping and deeply involving. The story of judge Falcone and his self-sacrificial fight against the seemingly omnipotent mafia is faithully recreated (though perhaps a little too shortened for my liking) - if marginally fictionalized - and treated with respect it deserves. The script certainly does Falcone justice, as does Chazz Palminteri's portrayal of the relentless lawman. F. Murray Abraham delivers as well, and even though he obviously does not look anything like the real Tommasso Buscetta, he convincingly portrays an old-fashioned "man of honor", a relic of the mob era when the term had an actual meaning. Victor Cavallo as Salvatore Riina, shown here as a secondary character, is worth mentioning too - Cavallo, though his role has little screen time and is in fact reduced almost to a few dialogueless cameos, manages to create a memorable, truly frightening and malevolent screen personality, perfectly recreating the nature of the real "Toto". Though this is "only" a TV production, it can certainly stand tall and proud next to any cinematic giants of the mob film genre. Highly recommended.
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While the American media was having a field day with publicity about "Teflon Don" John Gotti and the Gambino crime family, across the Atlantic, in the land where the Mafia began, a group of true patriotic heros were literally putting their lives on the line, trying to rid their country of Mafia stranglehold. By viewing this movie, we come in rather at the end of that battle, which is a pity, but understandable given the time restraints of a film.
By the time we are introduced to Giovanni Falcone (Chazz Palminteri) and Paolo Barsellino (Andy Lutto), they have lost fellow judges and magistrates to mob hits. When Falcone's investigation begins to turn up the heat under a few Sicilian Mafia kingpins, the very government office where he is employed confiscates the files containing his research--ironically claiming that they are needed for the investigation in the the most recent Mafia assassination of his fellow judge and friend.
The tentacles of the Mafia have reached into every stratum of Sicilian society by the time this movie begins. The mob controls literally everything. As the character Tommasso Buscetta (F. Murray Abraham) explains to Falcone when they meet, that's why Sicily had highways that went nowhere, dams without water, seaports without ships. If ever the taxpayers were being robbed to support organized crime, the people of Italy and Sicily were at this time and had been for much longer.
Opposing the Mafia in Sicily in the 1980's meant either political death from corrupt politicos or physical death from the mob, which makes it all the more amazing that so many brave men were willing to try their best and give their lives for their countrymen.
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This well-intentioned film draws strength from its real story, authentic locations, and a good cast. It's not a perfect film; its main drawbacks include a certain plodding linearity, annoying accents, and the narrow, almost claustrophobic focus on the lead character, anti-mafia prosecutor Giovanni Falcone. The film would have benefited from more balanced character development, particularly of the "bad guys".
Shortcomings aside, Excellent Cadavers is an important movie. It chronicles the everyday heroism of the judges who one by one were assassinated, with soul-numbing regularity, by the mafia (in collusion with shadowy political supporters) to stymie the Italian government's investigations into organized crime.
Given that Hollywood and the American movie-going public seem inexplicably addicted to mafia-glorifying garbage, like The Godfather, you probably won't see any other film that brings you close to the human realities of the real war against the mafia. For that reason, this film should be required viewing.
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For those that want something different from all those Sinatra loving american-born mafioso this is a must. The movie based on a true story and describes the life of Judge Falcone, a man dedicated in fighting the mafia in its nest, Sicily. I gave it 3stars as i find quite short and end very suddenly.
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Because it's based on facts, you begin to watch this movie knowing perfectly well what's going to happen and what the ending will be - nevertheless, it's gripping and deeply involving. The story of judge Falcone is faithully recreated - though too shortened for my liking - and does him justice. Chazz Palminteri plays Falcone much better than I expected, and while F. Murray Abraham does not look like the real Tommasso Buscetta, he does a fair portrayal of a "man of honour". The role and part of Toto Riina, while secondary, is worth mentioning too - it's truly frightening!
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A documentary film based on the same book and with the same title is coming out soon. It is, many people and I agree, better than this fictionalized account. The documentary EXCELLENT CADAVERS is already listed here on Amazon. I suggest you check it out. Interesting comparisions between the 2 films, too.
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