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Danger: Diabolik (1968)
"Diabolik" (original title)

M  -  Action | Comedy | Crime  -  May 1968 (USA)
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Fey super-thief Diabolik runs around stealing jewels, gold, murdering innocent people, and being a nuisance to the government of a generic European country.

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Cast

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Claudio Gora ...
Police Chief
Mario Donen ...
Sgt. Danek
Renzo Palmer ...
Minister's Assistant
Caterina Boratto ...
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 &view=simple&sort=alpha" >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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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

According to John Phillip Law, the first choice for the role of Ava Kent was an unknown model from New York, who was a friend of Charlie Bluhdorn, the CEO of Gulf & Western, the conglomerate that owned Paramount Pictures (which had contracted to distribute the film in the US). Second choice was Catherine Deneuve, who lasted for about a week, until director Mario Bava decided she just was not right for the part. He finally found the perfect Ava Kent in Marisa Mell. See more »

Goofs

The dummy Diabolik catapults off the roof is made in less amount of time than it would take anyone to just take his costume off. See more »

Quotes

Prostitute: Sure I do, who could forget what she looked like? The way she was decked out in red she looked like a mini cardinal. She had good legs. Want me to describe her? Well, look at that! That's a funny looking thing! What is it? Hey, I'm talking to you, what is it?
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Connections

Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Diabolik (1999) See more »

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Deep Down
Music by Ennio Morricone
Performed by Maria Cristina Brancucci (as Christy)
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Under-rated, over-the-top, and down-right swanky!
9 January 2000 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

I've rented "Danger: Diabolik" three times now, and each time I discover more to enjoy. I recommend setting aside any prejudice that may accompany Mario Bava's name (or John Phillip Law's, for that matter), and viewing it with the same frame of mind as you would for viewing a Connery-era Bond film or either of the "Flints": as stylish period pieces; heavy on action, light on plot logic, and all done with tongue-in-cheek.

Sure, Law's acting skills are slight, but so are Connery's. And Diabolik manages a most unusual thing for a super-dude: he is happily faithful to his mate (played by the ravishing Marisa Mell) for the entire film.

The sets are (with one exception) terrific - at least as good as Bond's or Flint's. The costuming, cinematography and action scenes are top-notch. Ennio Morricone's score is just about the best I've heard in it's genre. There are enough plot twists and clever bits to keep anyone interested.

Give it a try; I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.


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