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|Luca Ugo Amato|
|Behind the scenes|
|Portrayed by||Marino Matranga|
Luca Amato was a Colonel in the Sicilian Army.
Luca and the banditsEdit
On the strength of his war record, Amato was made Commander of the Special Force to Repress Banditry, in charge of defeating Salvatore Giuliano and his associate, Gaspare Pisciotta. He was dispatched to Sicily in 1949 with Captain Antonio Perenze, his personal bodyguard, and began his mission by cutting off Giuliano's ability to present his opinions to the public through newspapers. Working with Inspector Velardi, he also managed to discover a secret network of tunnels beneath Giuliano's house.
These actions infuriated Giuliano, who developed a personal hatred for Colonel Luca, but knew that his Palermo fortress was virtually impenetrable. He attempted to lure Luca out, but his trap failed to kill the Colonel, and subsequent engagements claimed the life of Passatempo, one of Giuliano's most loyal lieutenants.
However it was not Luca's actions that brought about Giuliano's demise, but the treachery of his cousin Gaspare. Amato instantly put out a story that the bandit chief had been careless and was killed by Captain Perenze.