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falcone


Just saw Falcone, an HBO movie starring Chazz Palminteri and F. Murray Abraham about the Italian judge that took on the mafia. Pretty good (except for the accents, which were at times terrible). I knew that the judge had been killed in the end, years after he had resigned (after they took away his power in all but name) and I thought it had been with a car bomb. Boy, was I wrong. The mafia blew up an entire 50-foot section of the highway as his car was passing through it. Unbelievable. And this, after he hadn't been involved in the case against them for a while (although he was returning to Palermo to start again, presumably). 'The mob never forgets'... indeed. In the end though, his death and that of his friend and fellow judge Paolo two months later (killed with his 5 bodyguards) ended up creating a massive government crisis that was called 'Mano pulite' (clean hand, if I remember correctly) and ended up with many government officials charged (including the prime minister) and some of the biggest mafia bosses in jail. So it wasn't for nothing. He did did pay the highest price though...

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on December 21 2002 at 2:04 AM

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