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Excellent Cadavers is a 1995 non-fiction book by Americanmarker author Alexander Stille about the Sicilian Mafia, concentrating on magistrate Giovanni Falcone's fight against the Mafia and his 1992 assassination.

The name of the book comes from the phrase "excellent cadavers" (cadaveri eccellenti) or "illustrious corpses", used in Italy when referring to high-profile victims of the Mafia such as politicians, judges and police chiefs (as opposed to less public victims claimed by day-to-day Mafia business). A fictional movie bearing the title Cadaveri Eccellenti (Illustrious Corpses in English) was made in Italymarker in 1975, directed by Francesco Rosi and starring Lino Ventura.

Stille's 1995 book Excellent Cadavers was made into a television movie in 1999, starring Chazz Palminteri as Giovanni Falcone and F. Murray Abraham as informant Tommaso Buscetta.

In 2005, a documentary of the same name was released in the US, directed by Marco Turco. Produced in Italy, where the work is known as In un altro paese, the documentary is based on, and to some extent updates, Stille's book. Stille, one of the script writer, serves as narrator and tour guide on the scenes of crimes and explains their causes and consequences. Letizia Battaglia, a photojournalist and anti-Mafia activist, plays the role of survivor and passionate eyewitness.


  1. Cadaveri Eccellenti (1976), The New York Times Movies
  2. Excellent Cadavers (1999), The New York Times Movies
  3. 'Excellent Cadavers,' an Italian Documentary, Dissects the Mafia, The New York Times Movie Review, July 12, 2006
  4. Excellent Cadavers (2005), The New York Times Movies

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