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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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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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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

The movie is based on "Diabolik", one of the longest running - and most successful - Italian comic strips. It was created by Angela Giussani and Luciana Giussani, two Milan sisters who built a small and very profitable publishing empire out of the "King of Terror"'s success. In the paper version, "Diabolik" is much more sinister than its cinematic counterpart - he's a criminal fighting evil with evil, often resorting to murder to "punish" the evildoers he meets. The movie was made assuming some knowledge of the comic strip, thus explaining the negative reaction it gets outside Italy. See more »

Goofs

When Ginko looks at the monitors one is showing the explosion outside the tunnel and the train slowly backing away from it. The other monitor is showing the train cruising backwards at considerably higher speed. See more »

Quotes

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

Spoofed in How to Kill 400 Duponts (1967) 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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