Camorra (1986)

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German title Camorra
Original title Un complicato intrigo di donne, vicoli e delitti
Country of production Italy
original language English
Publishing year 1986
length 115 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Lina Wertmüller
script Elvio Porta
Lina Wertmüller
production Yoram Globe
Menahem Golan
music Paolo Conte
Tony Esposito
camera Giuseppe Lanci
cut Michael J. Duthie
Luigi Zitta

Camorra is a socially critical Italian film by Lina Wertmüller (director and screenplay) from 1986, genre-wise a tragedy . He plays in the context of the Camorra and the heroin trade in Naples .


The former prostitute Annunziata tries to lead a legal life as the owner of a pension and to keep her son out of the criminal machinations of the Camorra . One day, the criminal Baba Rocco tries not only to collect money from her, but also to rape her. She struggles, and during the fight, Baba is suddenly shot from behind. The killer also sticks a syringe into his testicles. The police are investigating in the dance club of Toto, who is in love with Annunziata and trying to help her fight the Camorra. He saves Annunziata's son when two dealers try to make him addicted to heroin . Annunziata's ex-boyfriend Frankie, father of her son, still desires her and tries in vain to entangle her in one last big drug deal, with the proceeds of which he wants to retire with her abroad. Frankie's business partner is contractor Tony. His wife Carmela has no idea of ​​her husband's involvement. She too has been fighting the Camorra since her son was killed by heroin . Frankie and Tony get in the way of the Rocco clan with their illegal deals. The old Guaglione Rocco tries to keep the clan out of the drug trade, but he cannot prevail against his son Tango. He thinks Frankie is his brother's murderer and interrogates Annunziata in his villa. While the police are storming the villa, Tango is also murdered by the mysterious murderer. There is a showdown. In the final scene, Guaglione pours out a sack of heroin.


The lexicon of international films noted: "Lively and sensually staged tragicomedy with criminalistic set pieces that denounces the entanglement of criminal machinations and ruthless male obsession and discovers hope for change in the humanity and dignity of women."


The German Film and Media Assessment FBW in Wiesbaden awarded the film the rating particularly valuable.

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Individual evidence

  1. Camorra. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  2. The film at