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Director:
Writers:
Angela Giussani (story) and
Luciana Giussani (story) ...
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Release Date:
May 1968 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Out for all he can take, seduce, or get away with...
Plot:
Fey super-thief Diabolik runs around stealing jewels, gold, murdering innocent people, and being a nuisance to the government of a generic European country. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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If you enjoy 60s pop culture, comic books, Pop Art, psychedelia, trash and the Bond and Flint movies then don't miss 'Diabolik'! See more (99 total) »

Cast

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John Phillip Law ... Diabolik

Marisa Mell ... Eva Kant

Michel Piccoli ... Inspector Ginko

Adolfo Celi ... Ralph Valmont
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
Isarco Ravaioli ... Valmont's Henchman
Giorgio Sciolette ... Morgue Physician

Terry-Thomas ... Minister of Finance (as Terry Thomas)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruno Alias ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Ennio Antonelli ... Syndicate Member (uncredited)
Robert Buchanan ... Man in Charge fo Gold (uncredited)
Lella Cattaneo ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Massimo Ciprari ... 2nd Diplomat (uncredited)
Giulio Donnini ... Dr. Vernier (uncredited)
Giuseppe Fazio ... Tony (uncredited)
Giorgio Gennari ... Rudy (uncredited)
Guidarino Guidi ... Frank (uncredited)
Wolfgang Hillinger ... Valmont's Henchman (uncredited)
Edward Febo Kelleng ... Sir Harold Clark (uncredited)
Enzo Mondino ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Francesco Mulé ... Crematoria Operator (uncredited)
Filippo Perego ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Domenico Ravenna ... Party guest (uncredited)
Oscar Sciamanna ... Journalist (uncredited)

Directed by
Mario Bava 
 
Writing credits
Angela Giussani (story) and
Luciana Giussani (story) &
Arduino Maiuri (story) (as Dino Maiuri) &
Adriano Baracco (story)

Arduino Maiuri (screenplay) (as Dino Maiuri) &
Brian Degas (screenplay) &
Tudor Gates (screenplay) &
Mario Bava (screenplay)

Produced by
Dino De Laurentiis .... producer
Bruno Todin .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Antonio Rinaldi 
Mario Bava (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Romana Fortini 
 
Casting by
Guidarino Guidi 
 
Art Direction by
Flavio Mogherini 
 
Costume Design by
Piero Gherardi 
Luciana Marinucci 
 
Makeup Department
Otello Fava .... makeup artist
Renata Magnanti .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Bruno Todini .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lamberto Bava .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Ennio Michettoni .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Italo Cameracanna .... foley artist
Italo Cameracanna .... sound effects editor
Mavio Celentano .... sound recordist
 
Stunts
Francesca Romana Coluzzi .... stunts
Biagio Gambini .... stunt coordinator
Nella Gambini .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alfonso Avincola .... still photographer
Antonio Rinaldi .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tigano Lo Faro .... costumes
Gabriele Mayer .... assistant costume designer
 
Other crew
Giorgio Adriani .... production assistant
Nicola Balini .... consultant: underwater sequences
Nino Lembo .... jewellery
Rosalba Scavia .... script girl
Fred Sidewater .... production accountant
Marco Tamburella .... production assistant
Adriana de Roberto .... voice dubbing: Caterina Boratto (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Diabolik" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
France:105 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:M (2007) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Singapore:PG | UK:12 | USA:M (original rating) (Approved No. 21645) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating) | West Germany:16

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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:
Factual errors: Diabolik recovers emeralds from the ashes of a cremated body. Emerald, a type of green beryl, fractures and discolors when exposed to even mild flame (thus losing considerable value), and certainly cannot survive the intense heat of a crematorium.See more »
Quotes:
Diabolik:If you didn't see him... he's there.See more »
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19 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
If you enjoy 60s pop culture, comic books, Pop Art, psychedelia, trash and the Bond and Flint movies then don't miss 'Diabolik'!, 14 March 2004
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

A quick glance at the user comments for 'Diabolik' will show that it is a movie which divides people to say the least. Some misguided fools and the asinine Mystery Science Theatre 3000 gang (who actually screened an edited version of the movie when they parodied it in their last episode) think it is one of the worst movies ever made. I pity them. The rest of us (including Mike Myers and The Beastie Boys - see their "Body Movin'" video for an affectionate homage) love it as one of the best examples of 1960s Pop Art kitsch. 'Modesty Blaise' was I think the first of the 60s European comic book adaptations in this style, followed closely by 'Barbarella' and then 'Diabolik'. Later in the early 70s there was 'Baba Yaga', the last gasp for this short lived genre. Too bad, because I just can't get enough of this stuff! 'Diabolik's director Mario Bava is a horror legend largely because of brilliant movies like 'Black Sunday' and 'Kill, Baby... Kill!' but he was in fact very versatile, not just making Gothic horror classics, but also science fiction, westerns, Hercules movies and hard boiled crime thrillers. And then there's 'Diabolik', something else again. John Phillip Law, who played the blind angel Pygar in 'Barbarella', as well as appearing in cult favourites like 'Death Rides A Horse' and 'Open Season', is perfectly cast as Diabolik. Many criticize Law's performance, which is admittedly pretty wooden, but I didn't have a problem with it. He suits the material, which let's face it, isn't exactly Shakespeare. Marisa Mell ('Mad Dog') plays Diabolik's beautiful partner in crime Eva Kant, Bunuel regular Michel Piccoli ('Belle De Jour', 'La Grande Bouffe') is Diabolik's nemesis Inspector Ginko, Adolfo Celi ('Thunderball', 'That Man From Rio') plays Valmont, a rival criminal mastermind, and Terry-Thomas ('I'm All Right Jack', The Abominable Dr Phibes') is the Minister Of Finance. Bava was working with quite a small budget (less than half a million US dollars - for comparison 'You Only Live Twice' cost nine MILLION more!) but achieved wonders, a testament to his skill and creativity. It's a very stylish movie with some wonderfully inventive visuals, especially Diabolik's cave which is very impressive considering the lack of money you'd generally expect for this kind of movie. Added to that a fantastic score from Morricone, which many fans believe is one of his very best, if not THE best. If you want to see one of the inspirations for the Austin Powers series, especially if you enjoy 60s pop culture, comic books, Pop Art, psychedelia, trash and the Bond and Flint movies then don't miss 'Diabolik'. The rest of you can wait until 'Bad Boys 3' or whatever drivel you think is a good, fun popcorn movie. In my opinion, anyone who slams this movie is beyond redemption!

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