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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

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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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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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May 1968 (USA)  »

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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

In the first chase when the white Jaguar E-type is leaving the tunnel after the black Jaguar goes off a cliff, you can see the shadows of crew heads moving in the lower left of the frame. See more »

Quotes

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

Spoofed in How to Kill 400 Duponts (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Deep Down
Music by Ennio Morricone
Performed by Maria Cristina Brancucci (as Christy)
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What's wrong with you people?
7 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

What's the matter with you people? Doesn't anyone enjoy a good, fun, cheesy Italian spy flick anymore? These are the same people who don't like Godzilla films because they can't get over the low-budget special effect and the "silliness", and who can't tolerate anything different than mega-budget hollywood blockbusters, and that just breaks my heart. I kind of enjoyed seeing it on MST3K, but I was dissappointed that they included it in the same league as the truly awful (but no les enjoyable) Hobgoblins and Space Mutiny. This is one of the great 60s films as far as i'm concerned. What really sets the films apart is stylish cinematography and direction by the great, sadly underappreciated Mario Bava, also responsible for great films like Black Sabbath, Planet of the Vampires, Bay of Blood, Lisa and the Devil, and the gritty, cynical Rabid Dogs, which was a real surprise after Diabolik. (Even if you hated Diabolik, you owe it to yourself to track down a copy of Rabid Dogs). Also noteworthy is the psychedelica-tinged score by the great Ennio Morricone, my favorite film composer.


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