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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Claudio Gora ...
Police Chief
Mario Donen ...
Sgt. Danek
Renzo Palmer ...
Minister's Assistant
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Lady Clark
Lucia Modugno ...
Prostitute
Annie Gorassini ...
Rose
Carlo Croccolo ...
Lorry Driver
Lidia Biondi ...
Policewoman (as Lidia Biondi C.S.C.)
Andrea Bosic ...
Bank Manager
Federico Boido ...
Valmont's Henchman
Tiberio Mitri ...
Valmont's Henchman
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Storyline

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...

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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May 1968 (USA)  »

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Danger: Diabolik  »

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Featured in the final episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988). See more »

Goofs

The picture that Diabolik mounts in front of the surveillance camera during the emerald heist would not be able to substitute the actual picture on the police monitor. Firstly it is taken with a hand-held camera without flash, and secondly after mounting it is only lit from the back and would therefore appear much darker on the monitor. See more »

Quotes

Diabolik: If you didn't see him... he's there.
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Connections

Featured in Beastie Boys: Video Anthology (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Deep Down
Music by Ennio Morricone
Performed by Maria Cristina Brancucci (as Christy)
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Stylish adaptation of a popular Euro Comic
18 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

Another great visual piece by the great Bava, this film is a faithful adaptation of the popular European comic about the anti-hero master criminal Diabolik. Almost overdosing on intense 60s color and style, the film moves through comic-style adventures with considerable European flair and well captures the atmosphere of the original material and the time.

(Yes, I understand that this made the last installment of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and I'm a MiSTie myself. But Diabolik is a good film, whether it has riffing potential or not.

Say you never heard a thing about Batman (as so many seem to never have heard a thing about Diabolik)--if you saw the 1988 Batman film, you'd think it was pretty stupid and over the top, wouldn't you? Unrealistic? Stupid, even? Maybe even think that the main character wasn't much of a hero, so dark, so sinister? And if you think that a lot of 'stylish' 90's films with their music-video montages aren't going to look dated in twenty years, you're kidding yourself. I'd advise supposed 'reviewers' to stop being such contemporist snobs.)


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