|Gian María Volonté||Judge Vito Di Francesco|
|Ennio Fantastichini||Tommaso Scalia|
|Vitalba Andrea||Rosa Scalia|
|Renzo Giovampietro||President Sanna|
|Lydia Alfonsi||Marchesa Anna Pironti|
In 1930s Italy, Tommaso Scalia commits a triple homicide, and the public, the newly instated fascist leaders and Tommaso himself all believe the death penalty is the only answer. Judge Vito Di Francesco is put on the case, though, and he doesn't believe in capital punishment. As the judge remains determined to see that Tommaso gets a proper trial, he infuriates members of Mussolini's regime -- and finds his own life at risk.