The Octopus (La Piovra) 39 years old

The Octopus

La Piovra is an acclaimed Italian Television drama miniseries about the Mafia. The story was by Sandro Petraglia. The production was designed by Luigi Perelli. The soundtrack was by Riz Ortolani and later by Ennio Morricone, who went on to compose music for several sequels. All 10 series have been released in Australia on DVD by Aztec International Entertainment, with English subtitles, having been originally aired on the Special Broadcasting Service television channel. It was also broadcast on MHz Networks in the United States. The first three series were shown in the UK on Channel 4. The TV drama was wildly successful in the USSR, where it appeared on state TV in 1986 and in Bulgaria, where is also appeared in the end of the 1980s bg:Октопод, offering to the viewers of both countries thrills and dark drama from beyond the Iron Curtain. La Piovra was also shown in 1987–1988 in communist Albania, where it became a huge hit and remains to date a cult film, whose characters and expressions have permeated culture, language and society.


Remo Girone
Remo Girone

Tano Cariddi

Anja Kling
Anja Kling

Barbara Greenberg Altamura

Michele Placido
Michele Placido

Commissario Corrado Cattani

Rolf Hoppe
Rolf Hoppe

Professor Ramonte


Name Character
Remo Girone He was 35 , now 75 years old as Tano Cariddi
Florinda Bolkan She was 43 , now 83 years old
Martin Balsam He was 64 , 76 years old when he died
Anja Kling She was 13 , now 53 years old as Barbara Greenberg Altamura
Michele Placido He was 37 , now 77 years old as Commissario Corrado Cattani
Rolf Hoppe He was 53 , now 93 years old as Professor Ramonte
Maurizio Donadoni He was 26 , now 66 years old as Colonnello Valente
Stefan Danailov He was 41 , 76 years old when he died
Vittorio Mezzogiorno He was 42 , 52 years old when he died
Raoul Bova He was 12 , now 52 years old as Capitano Carlo Arcuti
Raoul Bova He was 12 , now 52 years old
Elena Arvigo She was 4 , now 44 years old as Giulia Mercuri, Aldo's Daughter
François Périer He was 64 , 82 years old when he died
Tony Sperandeo He was 30 , now 70 years old as Turi Mondello
Salvatore Lazzaro He was 13 , now 52 years old
Guia Jelo She was 31 , now 71 years old
Daniel Ceccaldi He was 56 , 75 years old when he died
Patricia Millardet She was 24 , now 64 years old as Silvia Conti, Deputy Prosecutor
Sebastiano Lo Monaco He was 25 , now 65 years old


Name Job title
Paolo Buonvino Sound He was 16 , now 56 years old Original Music Composer
Ennio Morricone Sound He was 55 , 91 years old when he died Original Music Composer
Giacomo Battiato Directing He was 40 , now 80 years old Director
Florestano Vancini Directing He was 57 , 82 years old when he died Director
Luigi Perelli Directing He was 46 , now 86 years old Director
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The Octopus (39 years)


  • First Air Date: 1984-03-11
  • Runtime: [120,60] minutes
  • Number of Episodes: 48