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Director:
Writer:
Mario di Nardo (story)
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Release Date:
14 February 1970 (Italy) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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William Berger ... Prof. Gerry Farrell
Ira von Fürstenberg ... Trudy Farrell (as Ira Furstenberg)

Edwige Fenech ... 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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Directed by
Mario Bava 
 
Writing credits
Mario di Nardo (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Luigi Alessi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Piero Umiliani 
 
Cinematography by
Antonio Rinaldi (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Mario Bava 
 
Costume Design by
Giulia Mafai  (as Giuliana Mafai)
 
Makeup Department
Orietta Melaranci .... makeup artist (as Oretta Melaranci)
 
Production Management
Luigi Alessi .... production manager
Alfonso Cucci .... assistant production manager
Adolfo Martello .... assistant production manager (as Rudolfo Martello)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mario Bianchi .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Giuseppe Aldrovandi .... set designer
Giulia Mafai .... set dresser (as Giuliana Mafai)
 
Sound Department
Leopoldo Rosi .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Enrico Catalucci .... optical effects (as E. Catalucci)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gianlorenzo Battaglia .... assistant camera (as Lorenzo Battaglia)
Armando Pietrangeli .... still photographer
Emilio Varriano .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Roberto Ranucci .... assistant costumes designer
 
Editorial Department
Liliana Serra .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Marisa Agostini .... continuity
Franco Tupini .... production secretary
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"5 bambole per la luna d'agosto" - Italy (original title)
"Island of Terror" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
88 min | USA:78 min | France:90 min | UK:81 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Shot in only 19 days.See more »
Quotes:
Nick Chaney:So what was I telling you?
Marie Chaney:That I'm a dirty whore. That's why I'm taking a shower... at least now I'll be a clean whore.
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Movie Connections:
References La Dolce Vita (1960)See more »
Soundtrack:
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7 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Swinging Bava!, 28 November 2005
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

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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