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5 Dolls for an August Moon (1970)
"5 bambole per la luna d'agosto" (original title)

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A small group of people come to an island to relax but soon find themselves trapped on the island with a murderer in their midst.

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Complete credited cast:
William Berger ...
Prof. Gerry Farrell
Ira von Fürstenberg ...
Trudy Farrell (as Ira Furstenberg)
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Marie Chaney
Howard Ross ...
Jack Davidson
Helena Ronee ...
Peggy Davidson (as Helena Ronée)
Teodoro Corrà ...
George Stark (as Teodoro Corrá)
Ely Galleani ...
Isabel (as Justine Gall)
Edith Meloni ...
Jill Stark
Mauro Bosco ...
Charles
Maurice Poli ...
Nick Chaney
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George Stark is a wealthy industrialist who invites five business friends of his to his remote Mediterranean island for a weekend of relaxation and business when he introduces them to Professor Farrell, a brilliant chemist who gives investment ideas to the group. But against Farrell's wishes, the group goes behind each other's back to obtain information on Farrell's chemistry ideas and soon the guests and residents start turning up dead one by one as Stark and Farrell must rally the group together to determine the identity of the killer (or killers) despite nobody trusting anyone. Written by matt-282

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Trivia

Agatha Christie's original story was titled "Ten Little Niggers", which had previously been filmed under such official titles as And Then There Were None (1945) and Agatha Christie's 'Ten Little Indians' (1965). The source of the story went uncredited. Mario Bava did not care for that story, but his next feature, A Bay of Blood (1971), was practically a rewrite, on which he enjoyed total control. See more »

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George Stark: I'm not a man of thought. I'm a man of action.
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Neve Calda
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Performed by Il Balletto di Bronzo
Courtesy of Disco R.C.A.
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Swinging Bava!
28 November 2005 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Mario Bava himself repeatedly stated that this is the worst film he was ever involved in, so luckily enough there still are some loyal and naive fan-boys (like myself) to reassure the public that "5 Dolls for an August Moon" nonetheless remains a worthy purchase and definitely better than your average horror/mystery from the early 70's. Even though this giallo can't possibly reach the brilliance-level of nearly every other Bava film (the list is enormous, with "Black Sabbath, Kill Baby…Kill", "Blood and Black Lace, "Black Sunday"…), it's a light-headed and often ingenious effort. The plot is a very simple variation on Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians", set on an island inhabited by rich and utterly greedy bastards. The island's owner, George Stark, invited a bunch of businessmen and their wives over for a weekend of million-dollar-deals and adultery. One of the guests invented a groundbreaking formula (something about resin) and the others make it a sport to bid the most money for it. They aren't even ashamed to throw in their sexy wives as an extra. The party really gets interesting once the invitees' bodies turn up brutally murdered one by one. "5 Dolls for an August Moon" indeed looks more like a satire instead of a suspenseful giallo and it's obvious that Bava didn't put much devotion into it. The murders are mainly committed off screen but the emphasis lies on the comical storage of the cadavers, namely in a meat-locker and clumsily wrapped in plastics. The dialogs are weak yet almost the entire film is foreseen of a jazzy soundtrack, which actually makes "5 Dolls for an August Moon" Bava's most swinging horror movie (the über-cool "Danger: Diabolik" is falls into a class of its own). The totally unpredictable twist at the end is fantastic, in my opinion. The cast is more than interesting, particularly because the unearthly beautiful Edwige Fenech hops around in bikinis and lingerie most of the time. She's a good actress, but she's even a better nude model. For just this one time, don't listen to the master-director himself and watch this film! You won't regret it, especially not if you miss the typical tastelessness of the 70's.


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