Sicilian Connection (Pizza Connection), The

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The Sicilian Connection
(Pizza Connection)
Pizza Connection Poster.jpg
Original Italian Poster
Country ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Damiano Damiani
Release Date 1985
Language Italian
Studio Alexandra Film
C.G. Silver Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Mario Vialone Michele Placido
Michele Vialone Mark Chase
Cecilia Smedile Simona Cavallari
Armando Ognibene Domenico Gennaro
General Attorney Santalucia Massimo De Francovich
Commissioner Astarita Renato Mori
Nicola Schiro Francesco Sciacca


The Sicilian Connection (original title Pizza Connection) is a 1985 Italian crime thriller directed by Damiano Damiani. Mario Vialone (Michele Placido) is a mafia hitman on a mission to assassinate a general attorney of Palermo. His younger brother Michele is in dire need of a large sum of money as he wants to release a girl he loves from prostitution and have to redeem her. When Michele asks Mario for a loan, the elder brother suggests the young man to be his assistant in dirty business, and Michele has to agree.


The following weapons were used in the film The Sicilian Connection (Pizza Connection):

Contents


Revolvers

Ruger Security Six

In one scene Mario Vialone (Michele Placido) gives a snub nose stainless steel Ruger Security Six to Michele Vialone (Mark Chase).

Ruger Security Six with 2.74 inch (70mm) barrel, Hogue grips, & stainless Steel finish - .357 Magnum
Mario hands the revolver to Michele.
A close view of the revolver.
Michele in ambush.
Michele aims.

Colt Police Positive

In the final scene in New York a pair of killers use Colt revolvers, most likely Colt Police Positive.

Colt Police Positive with 4" Barrel - .38 Special
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Pistols

SIG P210

A SIG P210 is Mario Vialone's (Michele Placido) personal handgun.

SIG P210 (1950s Manufacture) - 9x19mm
Mario shows his pistol to Michele.
Mario tests Michele's marksmanship.
Mario aims the pistol in one scene.

Walther PPK

Mario Vialone (Michele Placido) uses a suppressed Walther PPK to murder a rival criminal.

Walther PPK fitted with a sound suppressor - .380 ACP (black grips)
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Beretta M1951

Nicola Schiro (Francesco Sciacca) uses a Beretta M1951 pistol to kill a fishmonger in one scene. A Beretta M1951 is also seen in hands of the general attorney's bodyguard Mancuso (uncredited).

Beretta M951 - 9x19mm
Nicola fires.
Mortally wounded Mancuso still holds his pistol.

Beretta M1934

In one scene a pimp Vincenzo (Tony Sperandeo) is seen with a Beretta M1934 pistol.

Beretta Model 1934 - .380 ACP
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Submachine Guns

Beretta M12

Beretta M12 submachine guns are used by the general attorney's bodyguards and by police.

Beretta M12 - 9x19mm
A Beretta M12 is seen on the wall on the security post in general attorney's villa.
Bodyguards with Beretta M12s patrol the territory.
A bodyguard in the car holds a Beretta M12.
A policeman on the road block.

Sten Mk V (visually modified to resemble AK-47)

Mario Vialone (Michele Placido) plans to use AK-47 to assassinate the general attorney. It appears to be mockup, possibly based on the receiver of Sten Mk V SMG. The magazine housing of Sten can be rotated (originally in order to keep clear the ejection port) so it allows to attach the magazine from below.

Sten Mk V - 9x19mm
For comparison: AK-47 - 7.62x39mm
Mario shows the fake AK to his henchmen Nicola Schiro (Francesco Sciacca) and Il Ricciolino (Gino Carista).
Michele Vialone (Mark Chase) appears from the car with the gun in hands.
Michele fires the fake AK at the showcase of the jewelry store to test the gun against bulletproof glass. Note the shape of the receiver.
Another view of the same scene.

Other Weapons

Bazooka (mockup)

Mario's henchmen use two bazooka launchers to destroy the armored car of the general attorney. The bazooka appear to be mockups, designed after M20 "Super Bazooka". When "firing", they don't produce any fire, only thick clouds of while smoke.

The henchmen ready their weapons.
A side view. The marking "M.K.12" is fictional and doesn't match any real weapon.



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