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A man named Salem escapes from an insane asylum where he was confined for an axe-murder. Falsely convicted under a plea of "guilty due to insanity", he does not plan to let his sister and ... See full summary »

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The Inspector
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Ester Jenks
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Rupert Davies ...
Mr. Clemens
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Dr. Kemp
Jim Kennedy ...
Carl
Arthur Hewlett ...
Pop
Hanne Bork ...
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Mrs. Hansen
Bjørn Watt-Boolsen ...
Mr. Torens
Lotte Freddie ...
Britt Torens
Erik Kühnau ...
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A man named Salem escapes from an insane asylum where he was confined for an axe-murder. Falsely convicted under a plea of "guilty due to insanity", he does not plan to let his sister and her husband forget that they were responsible for the murder of a farmhand and for his cruel imprisonment in the asylum. Written by alfiehitchie

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If your skin doesn't crawl, its on too tight!

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7 February 1972 (Sweden)  »

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This film was made in Scandinavia, but it is never actually stated that it is set there (or anywhere else). Several characters are either not named or else have names which could belong to any one of several countries. See more »

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The Parrot: Salem, come to supper!
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Chilling, gripping thriller. Top acting. Great plot
20 December 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

It's awhile since I saw this movie but it really hooked me, especially seeing two old pros like Max Von Sydow and Trevor Howard going head to head. In looking at a few reviews I don't see much reference to his motivation which is what got me in and explains much of what he does. As I recall, an innocent man is found guilty of a murder committed by his unfaithful wife who frames him. To escape the death penalty he has to be certified criminally insane. If he's that way then he's in for life. Either way a no win. How he seeks to get square is ingenious and really tests Trevor Howard as the inspector. A real twist at the end that you will never forget. I haven't after 15 years or so since I last saw it. Terrific movie. Great acting and scenery. Definitely on my 'must have' list of movies.


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