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Directed by  Stefano Sollima
Music by  Mokadelic
Director  Stefano Sollima
Story by  Carlo Bonini
6.6/10 IMDb

Based on  ACAB by Carlo Bonini
Initial release  27 January 2012 (Italy)
Music director  Mokadelic
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Produced by  Marco Chimenz, Giovanni Stabilini, Riccardo Tozzi
Screenplay by  Barbara Petronio, Daniele Cesarano, Leonardo Valenti
Starring  Pierfrancesco Favino Filippo Nigro Marco Giallini
Nominations  David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actor
Cast  Pierfrancesco Favino, Marco Giallini, Filippo Nigro, Domenico Diele, Andrea Sartoretti
Similar  Suburra, Romanzo Criminale, They Call Me Jeeg Robot, The Girl by the Lake, My Brother Is an Only Child

ACAB – All Cops Are Bastards is a 2012 Italian drama film directed by Stefano Sollima.

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Production

The film was the debut feature from director Stefano Sollima, who had previously directed the TV crime series Romanzo criminale - La serie.

Plot

The film focuses on the life of a group of riot control force policemen and their life coping with 'cleansing' stadiums from Ultras, public demonstrations, evictions and everyday family life.

A new recruit, Adriano Costantini, joins the squad for its 'high paying' salary, which he needs to support his mum. The two of them live in a small apartment from which they'll soon be evicted and, even though they had been assigned a public housing, that has been occupied by an immigrant family and is therefore uninhabitable. Adriano is prone to violence and often prefers the use of force even in situations where it is unnecessary, additionally fueled by the anger he feels over his mother's situation.

Mazinga is the leader of the squad and father of a rebellious teenager who starts to hang out with a neo fascist group and is embarrassed by his father's job. Mazinga gets stabbed during a confrontation at the stadium and loses control of one of his legs, prompting a manhunt for the culprit from his colleagues.

Negro ("Nigger"), another member of the group is going through a difficult divorce and is denied visitations with his daughter.

Cobra is the most dedicated member of the team. He believes in protecting his 'bothers' in arms above anything else, no matter the errors they may have committed. He believes in the job he's doing but sometimes the lines between protecting his fellow policemen and respecting the law get blurred. He may be one of the most violent member of the squada, also facing trial for beating a supporter during a football match.

The life of those four men unravel throughout the movie, while in the background the tensions between the police force, the soccer hooligans ("Ultras"), the immigrants and the fascists reaches its peak.

Cast

  • Pierfrancesco Favino: Cobra, group frontman
  • Filippo Nigro: Negro
  • Marco Giallini: Mazinga, an injured policeman
  • Andrea Sartoretti: Carletto, former agent
  • Domenico Diele: Adriano
  • Roberta Spagnuolo: Maria
  • Livio Beshir: Mustafà
  • Nick Nicolosi: school headmaster
  • Alessandro Procoli: Mosque leader
  • Alessandro Sanguigni: Cameo
  • Music

    The music was composed and performed by the Italian post-rock band Mokadelic and was recorded entirely at the famous Forum Music Village studios in Rome. The soundtrack contains 80's and modern rock hits like "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes, "A.C.A.B." by The 4-Skins, "Where Is My Mind?" by Pixies, "Police On My Back" by The Clash, "New Dawn Fades" by Joy Division and "Snow" by The Chemical Brothers.

    Critical response

    Variety called it "slick, with a driving rhythm and plenty of action", but was troubled by the way it celebrated sadism and vigilantism. Cinealliance likewise found it powerful, with an intelligent and story effective direction, and despite fascist overtones. Filmosphere gave it 3.5/5.

    Awards and nominations

  • 2012 – David di Donatello
  • Nomination David di Donatello for Best New Director to Stefano Sollima
  • Nomination David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actor to Marco Giallini
  • Nomination David di Donatello for Best Cinematography to Paolo Carnera
  • Nomination David di Donatello for Best Make-up to Manlio Rocchetti
  • Nomination David di Donatello for Best Editing to Patrizio Marone
  • Nomination David di Donatello for Best Sound to Gilberto Martinelli
  • References

    ACAB – All Cops Are Bastards Wikipedia


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