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Romanzo Criminale [DVD]

Kim Rossi Stuart , Anna Mouglalis , Michele Placido    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kim Rossi Stuart, Anna Mouglalis, Pierfrancesco Favino, Claudio Santamaria, Stefano Accorsi
  • Directors: Michele Placido
  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 May 2007
  • Run Time: 152 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MX7YNQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,525 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Crime drama based on the novel by Giancarlo De Cataldo. Lebanese (Pierfrancesco Favino) is the cold-hearted leader of a juvenile delinquent trio that also includes undyingly loyal Freddo (Kim Rossi Stuart) and power-hungry Dandi (Claudio Santamaria). After kidnapping and casually murdering a baron (Franco Interlenghi), the scheming friends soon form shady alliances with the local gangsters, corrupt cops, and secret service members that will allow them the opportunity to effectively corner the market on heroin sales.

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93 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Organised Crime Film 23 April 2007
Format:DVD
This film can actually be considered a history of the recent Italian history. Although set us a conventional crime film, it tells a very unconventional real life story about a group of "street kids" from Rome that became the crimelords of the city and whose stories intertwine with national and international politics and interests. Although a very long film, clocking in at nearly three hours, the story flows and we are sucked into the lives of the characters of the film, feeling empathy and compassion for their fates. The film begins in the mid 60s with the first arrest of the boys who became the "Banda della Magliana" and ends with the fall of the Berlin Wall, encompassing all the terrorism and collusion between Mafia and politics in which the "Banda della Magliana" supposedly played a part, and for this at least the film should be cherished. Although not a great fan of recent Italian cinema I could not help but be mesmerized and overawed by this film that, had it been made in Hollywood, would have maybe rivalled the Godfather films, nevermind the Scorsese films on Mafia.

I recommend this film to anyone reading this review, hoping they might spread the word of this little gem of a film.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 15 May 2007
Format:DVD
If you're a fan of Scorcese and the Godfather this movie will be right up your boulevard.Telling the story of a a group of working class kids who become a criminal gang that controls the city of Rome ,its a visceral,thought provoking great movie with uniformely great performances and an epic scale that gives it a scope that makes it an even better movie watching experience.

Based on the Magliani gang who did control Rome,it spans about 20 or so years and from the early days of kidnapping local bigiwgs into drug dealing and prostitution it shows that not even the tightest relationships can survive the phrase'absolute power corrupts absolutely'as the members of the gang,Lebanese,Ice,Dandy etc begin to fall to pieces because of love,paranoia,drug addiction and the dogged efforts of the police commissioner who wants to bring them down.

Watching this i was reminded of the likes of Goodfellas,Casino,The Godfather and if you are even a passing fan of good movies this is a must .
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Want Loyalty Get A Dog 15 Aug 2010
By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is a long film full of events. It opens with some young scallywags from Rome pinching a car and most of them getting imprisoned. They then (most hearteningly for prison reformers) engage in a number of more and more violent crimes as they climb the local drug gang scene. Naturally the single-mindedness of youth begins to bend as each member starts to go in different directions from the others. Into the by now typical tales of cheating and revenge comes an indefatigable police officer and a series of interventions from Italian political groups. If the result is a little more romantic than GOMORRAH it is no less violent and you can play a game seeing who survives. It lacks the realism of LA SCORTA and the tightness of GOODFELLAS but it is still a damned good tale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romanzo Criminale Epico 20 Sep 2011
Format:DVD
Perhaps not as gritty or realistic as 'Gommorah', another Italian gangster flic of much repute, 'Romanzo Criminale' takes a more viewer friendly 'story telling' narrative similar to 'Goodfellas' or 'City of God'. So we follow our main characters, like in those forementioned films, from their childhood through to their unsightly endings with the film focusing on the toll that a life of crime brings to both their relationships with each other and their loved ones (sounds familiar, huh?). Like with 'City of God', 'Romanzo Criminale' is based on real life events so you get actual news footage of the time spliced into the film in an effort to add authenticity to proceedings. The film also has a killer soundtrack, including a very moving string score (which to my mind was very reminissant to the score in Terrance Mallick's 'The thin red line') as well as a catchy pop soundtrack which spans across 3 sperate decades. Fans of 'Goodfellas' and 'City of God' should love this film, and although in my estimation it falls a little short of these 'gangster film' classics 'Romanzo Criminale' is still an epic and engaging film that entertains throughout it's 2 and half hr+ duration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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'Crime Novel' is a much missed and less known Italian gangster story, with some nice bits of action and drama in a TV styled movie epic.

Childhood friends (with their chosen nicknames Ice, Lebanese and Dandy) grow up together and form a large crime gang, vowing to take over Rome with organised crime (through gambling, drugs and prostitution).

This gang grows, gets guns and develops a nice tidy set-up, but is being hunted by determined police. One of the main three falls for a prostitute (as also does a detective). The story builds up to feuds, distrust, scamming and ultimately a deadly finale of gangster extravaganza.

The film is 2.5 hours, slick, 60's styled, racy, rude and violent. It obviously nods to and is influenced by The Godfather trilogy, Goodfellas and should please fans of other such gang and gangster driven titles (Mesrine, 36 etc). It is foreign, world cinema but in a more tale like fashion, rather than dramatic action or entertainment.

The film is so popular in Italy they created a spin-off TV series. It is NOT a Mafia film, as the gang is on a more smaller scale, telling an unconventional tale about 3 boys growing to men through 3 decades.

I would recommend this to film fans (especially world cinema) but warn it is long, demanding, light in drama and history, but rewardingly slick and likeable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Romanzo Criminale
Having watched the series, which l thoroughly enjoyed, and in my opinion is excellent, I was a bit disappointed with the film, as I did not think it was as good as the series.
Published 26 days ago by Debra
5.0 out of 5 stars A*****
A thoroughly enjoyable, engrossing D.V.D that I watched and enjoyed to the last minute. Well acted with an excellent translation.
Published 11 months ago by Sonya
5.0 out of 5 stars Romanzo Criminale [DVD]
Really good film, useful as i'm trying to learn Italian. I'd recommend the film to anyone who likes classic gangster films
Published 11 months ago by mr matthew harding
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Italian gangsta film
Well worth buying for three pounds I purchased this after watching the tv series on sky arts hd I should have watched this first because I'd already loved the characters In the tv... Read more
Published 12 months ago by k.d.m
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much violence
In my opinion there is too much violence in this movie. I much prefer the other highly popular Italian detective series "Inspector Montalbano".
Published 12 months ago by Stefanie v.B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Romanzo Criminale
I am an afficionado of Italian Crime movies and thought this was whizz.
As per the write-up, it follows the lives of some young thieves on their upward journey to the top.
Published 13 months ago by H. W. Jeffery-leech
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film
The story is simple about young boys growing up together into adulthood united eventually in a violent life of crime. Read more
Published 14 months ago by nigel ganly
2.0 out of 5 stars cheap but it does not play all the time
CD was cheap but when I try to play it the item sometimes does not work. There are some scratches so this is probably the reason
Published 14 months ago by PaoloM
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very good, preferred the TV version with other actors and thought this may have some of season 1 but sadly not.
Published 14 months ago by Rona
4.0 out of 5 stars Tough and Rough
A good (if not great) film that grips from the start and leaves you thankful you were not involved , well worth watching.
Published 15 months ago by D. White
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