The Traitor

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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.


  • Pierfrancesco Favino
  • Luigi Lo Cascio
  • Fausto Russo Alesi
  • Maria Fernanda Cândido
  • Fabrizio Ferracane
  • Nicola Calì
  • Giovanni Calcagno
  • Bruno Cariello
  • Bebo Storti
  • Vincenzo Pirrotta

Did You Know?


  • Giovanni Montinaro, son of Judge Giovanni Falcone's chief of security, strongly opposed the film, criticizing the choice of releasing it on the anniversary of the murder of his father and of the others involved in the attack. He let it go when Pierfrancesco Favino told him that the date was chosen by the production precisely as a way to pay homage to Falcone, his wife and his security detail, killed that day in 1992.
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  • A scene set in Miami, FL, USA, shows hills in the background. There are no hills anywhere close to Miami.


    • Stefano Bontate: The first to start, never loses.
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Feb 26, 2020

It has a television movie quality to it as if it’s a dramatization of a newspaper article, rather than something cinematic.

Metacritic review by Hunter Lanier
Hunter Lanier
Film Threat
May 24, 2019

Its most valuable asset is actor Pierfrancesco Favino.

Metacritic review by Deborah Young
Deborah Young
The Hollywood Reporter
May 24, 2019

The film digs into the minutiae, giving off an unmistakable air of expertise, but the screenplay ends up being a collection of footnotes and intriguing digressions without necessarily feeling like an authoritative handling of this sprawling material.

Tim Grierson
Screen Daily