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Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)
"4 mosche di velluto grigio" (original title)

PG  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  25 August 1972 (USA)
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A musician is stalked by an unknown killer who's blackmailing him for an accidential killing of another stalker. But is everything what it appears to be?

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Roberto Tobias
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Gianni Arrosio (as Jean Pierre Marielle)
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Godfrey
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Carlo Marosi
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Amelia, the Maid
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Corrado Olmi ...
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Andrea
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Maria (as Costanza Spada)
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Dalia
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Rambaldi, the Neighbor
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Roberto, a drummer in a rock band, keeps receiving weird phone calls and being followed by a mysterious man. One night he manages to catch up with his persecutor and tries to get him to talk but in the ensuing struggle he accidentally stabs him. He runs away, but he understands his troubles have just begun when the following day he receives an envelope with photos of him killing the man. Someone is killing all his friends and trying to frame him for the murders... Written by Giancarlo Cairella <vertigo@imdb.com>

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Argento's usual collaborator Ennio Morricone scored the film but had a major argument with Argento over some tracks Argento didn't want in the film. As a result, the director and Morricone would never work together again until 1996, and the rock group Goblin would eventually become Argento's regular composers. See more »

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Finally ... It's on DVD
30 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a fan of Argento's early films, I have been waiting for this to be released on DVD for years. "4 Flies" is the the only film from his golden era that I had not seen. Although there have been other ways to see this film, I have been stubbornly waiting for a DVD release. It was worth the wait and I was very entertained.

Some of the scientific/medical content of the crime investigation is silly. Besides that, I have very few complaints. It kept me guessing about the identity of the killer.

On a side note, I read a review that complained the movies is homophobic. That's not true. I think the gay character is presented as admirably honest and ultimately heroic. Considering this film was made in 1970, it was daring in that respect.

I have been continually disappointed by most of Argento's films after"Phenomen"so it was nice to travel back in time to when he was able to make a film like this


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