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Danger: Diabolik (1968)

Diabolik (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Crime | May 1968 (USA)
International man of mystery Diabolik pulls heist after heist but European cops led by inspector Ginko and envious mobsters led by Ralph Valmont are closing-in on him.

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Inspector Ginko
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Police Chief
Mario Donen ...
Sgt. Danek
Renzo Palmer ...
Minister's Assistant
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Lady Clark
Lucia Modugno ...
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Rose
Carlo Croccolo ...
Lorry Driver
Lidia Biondi ...
Policewoman (as Lidia Biondi C.S.C.)
Andrea Bosic ...
Bank Manager
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Valmont's Henchman
Tiberio Mitri ...
Valmont's Henchman
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In psychedelic swinging 60s style, the dreaded thief (and killer) Diabolik wreaks havoc on a generic European country for his own financial gain and amusement. He shares an extravagant underground lair (and a giant bed of money) with his curvaceous, superficial girlfriend...who uses her awesome powers of wig-wearing to help Diabolik kill innocent people and steal billions from the government. Nonetheless, Diabolik is the "hero" of the film because he must face off against bumbling cops and revenge-seeking mafiosos. Written by Michael "Rabbit" Hutchison <rabhutch@spacestar.net>

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Out for all he can take, seduce, or get away with... See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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$400,000 (estimated)
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Featured in the final episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988). (August 8, 1999). See more »

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When Diabolik steals the lorry the driver runs after it. Diabolik then drives it quite a distance before he jumps off. After the lorry runs off the road the driver stops to look at the accident. Then Diabolik and Eva drive past the lorry driver without him having noticed that Diabolik had run back to the car. See more »

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Diabolik: [as he and the bad guy freefall from a plane that has suddenly exploded] I almost forgot. When I stumbled, I attached a magnetic capsule to your plane.
Ralph Valmont: Who cares? Pull the cord!
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Connections

Referenced in The Witches (1967) See more »

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Deep Down
Music by Ennio Morricone
Performed by Maria Cristina Brancucci (as Christy)
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Simply put, one of the coolest and most entertaining movies I've seen
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I'm a big fan of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" and the Best Brains staff, but I'll admit they made a huge mistake by including this film for their program. Sure, "Danger: Diabolik" is campy, excessive, and very much a product of its time. However, it fully realizes all these things and shows absolutely no shame. Its pure style over substance, but when the style is this entertaining, who cares? "Danger: Diabolik" is one of the coolest and funnest cult flicks ever made. "Barbarella" seems to be the more well remembered of the two, but when it comes to 60s European comic book adaptations, this has it beat all the way (alright, the opening credits for "Barbarella" were better, but thats about it). "Danger: Diabolik" shows a natural respect for the source material, and definitely resembles a quickly paced comic book more than "Barbarella".

What probably makes this film so good is the fact the director is Mario Bava. Bava, best know for his 60s Gothic horror masterpieces such as "Black Sunday" and "The Whip & the Body", shows absolutely no difficulties when crossing over to the action genre. His direction and set pieces are just as astonishingly atmospheric as usual, and his action sequences are very exciting. He manages to keep everything moving at an absolutely breakneck pace. His camera-work is superb also, and for once his overuse of zoom lenses doesn't feel all that distracting.

While this is Bava's show all the way, it isn't to discredit the rest of the crew. The casting in particular is perfect. For once, John Philip Law's wooden acting style suits the material well. He is the ultimate cartoon anti-hero. The film is effective in the way that while Diabolik's actions are reprehensible when you think about it, you end up rooting for him because hes so cool and the rest of the characters so incompetent in their departments. Its the same case with the beautiful Marisa Mell. Shes not a great actress, but makes for a very sexy and charismatic anti-heroine. The supporting performances are all hilariously overwrought, in particular Terry-Thomas' small role. I can't forget to mention the score by Ennio Morrecone, probably the best he did for a non-Leone flick. "Danger: Diabolik" is gloriously campy fun thats aged better than you may think. (10/10)


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