Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
In 1980, an Italian airliner was shot down accidentally by a poorly targeted NATO missile. At the request of Western governments, the Italian government covered up the incident. The persistence of the reporter Andrea Purgatori broke through the wall of silence surrounding the incident and enabled the processes of democracy, however flawed, to work freely once more. This political thriller is based on that incident and follows the reporter in his quest to piece together the unwelcome information and get this story out to the public. This movie was so popular that its title became a byword in modern Italian: now, whenever the truth is obviously being hidden, it is spoken of as being guarded by Il Muro di Gomma, a rubber wall.