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Cacciatore: The Hunter
ItalianIl cacciatore
Created by
  • Marcello Izzo
  • Silvia Ebreul
  • Alfonso Sabella
Based onCacciatore di mafiosi
by Alfonso Sabella
Directed by
Country of originItaly
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes28
Running time50 minutes
Original release
NetworkRai 2
Release14 March 2018 (2018-03-14) –
10 November 2021 (2021-11-10)

Cacciatore: The Hunter (Italian: Il cacciatore) is an Italian television series[1][2] based on the autobiographical book Cacciatore di mafiosi by magistrate Alfonso Sabella. It originally aired on Rai 2 in March 2018.[3]


Alfonso Sabella was a longtime investigating magistrate for the anti-mafia task force in Palermo, which was led by Giancarlo Caselli. Having captured Leoluca Bagarella and Giovanni Brusca and visited the locations where these criminal mobsters had savagely tortured and killed their victims, Sabella interviewed major and minor informants, collecting a mass of stories detailing violence, wiretapping, and street ambushes. Investigating and capturing criminal fugitives, who had sometimes hidden for many years in Sicilian territory—at the time beyond the control of the Italian government—was a task beset with great difficulties.

Sabella's book recounts the crimes and eventual capture of Mafia bosses like Bagarella, Brusca, and Pasquale Cuntrera—infamous for directing the massacres of the summer of 1993 and the 1992 assassinations of dedicated anti-Mafia prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino—as well as the capture of the mafiosi Toto Riina and Bernardo Provenzano.[4]


  1. ^ "Hunting season". dramaquarterly.com.
  2. ^ "Cacciatore - The Hunter". Beta Film.
  4. ^ Alfonso Sabella, Cacciatore di mafiosi. Le indagini, i pedinamenti, gli arresti di un magistrato in prima linea (Italian title), Mondadori, 2019, 272 pages, ISBN 978-8804577157