Traitor

Nominee
Palme d’Or
Cannes Film Festival
One of the most revealing portraits of the Cosa Nostra on film...a classic study of a sick society.

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The Traitor

THE TRAITOR tells the true story of Tommaso Buscetta, the man who brought down the Cosa Nostra. In the early 1980's, an all-out war rages between Sicilian Mafia bosses over the heroin trade. Tommaso Buscetta, a made man, flees to hide out in Brazil. Back home, scores are being settled and Buscetta watches from afar as his sons and brother are killed in Palermo, knowing he may be next. Arrested and extradited to Italy by the Brazilian police, Buscetta makes a decision that will change everything for the Mafia: he decides to meet with Judge Giovanni Falcone and betray the eternal vow he made to the Cosa Nostra.
R
Genre
Bio-pic, Crime, Drama, Gangster
Runtime
150
Language
Italian, Sicilian, Portuguese, English
Director
Marco Bellocchio
Writer(s)
Marco Bellocchio, Valia Santella, Francesco Piccolo
Cast
Pierfrancesco Favino, Maria Fernanda Cândido, Fabrizio Ferracane, Fausto Russo Alesi
Awards:
Nominee, Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW
Simon Abrams, RogerEbert.com

It took me a moment to catch up with the dry absurdist humor in “The Traitor,” a new Italian period drama about that time when, from 1980-2000, real-life Mafia don Tommaso Buscetta (Pierfrancesco Favino) informed on a couple hundred gangsters. To be fair: “The Traitor”—the latest political drama ...

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