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5 Dolls for an August Moon -- 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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Release Date:
14 February 1970 (Italy) See more »
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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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

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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Also Known As:
"5 bambole per la luna d'agosto" - Italy (original title)
"Island of Terror" - USA (alternative title)
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88 min | USA:78 min | France:90 min | UK:81 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?

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 »
George Stark:I'm not a man of thought. I'm a man of action.See more »
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Referenced in L'Esorcismo di Lisa (2004) (V)See more »
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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Banal mystery, 10 October 2000
Author: Shinwa

Essentially the same movie as Reazione a Catena, without that film's energetic use of explicit sex and gore, this is instead a glacially slow movie wherein a great deal of uninvolving acts of violence perpetrated on uninvolving characters pile up before an uninvolving (and predictable) conclusion. Since all of the bodies are found after the fact, there are no suspense scenes to speak of. Inappropriate music pops up every now and again, but Bava's directing talent only surfaces periodically...for most of the duration, this could have been directed by anybody. No interesting psychological angles, just formulaic dismissal of the cast. For completists only.

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