The Palermo Connection
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Directed byFrancesco Rosi
Written byEdmonde Charles-Roux (novel)
Francesco Rosi
Gore Vidal
Tonino Guerra
Produced byMario Cecchi Gori
Vittorio Cecchi Gori
StarringJames Belushi
Mimi Rogers
Joss Ackland
CinematographyPasqualino De Santis
Edited byRuggero Mastroianni
Music byEnnio Morricone
Release date
  • 1989 (1989)

Dimenticare Palermo (Forgetting Palermo) is a 1989 Italian political thriller film starring James Belushi, directed by Francesco Rosi and co-written by Gore Vidal.[1] The film was released under the title The Palermo Connection in North America. The script is based on the Prix Goncourt winning novel Oublier Palerme (1966) by French author Edmonde Charles-Roux.


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Carmine Bonavia is elected mayor of New York City on the issue of drug legalization. After the election, he gets married and travels to his ancestral home of Sicily, for the honeymoon. In the hotel in Palermo he meets a Sicilian prince who has been confined there for years because he crossed the mafia. He discovers the beauties of the Italian island but is also framed by men of power, for a crime he did not commit. He discovers that those men will stop at nothing to prevent the legalization of drugs, which threatens their business, and is forced to decide between joining them or going to prison.