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The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1971)
"La coda dello scorpione" (original title)

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The Case of the Scorpion's Tail begins with the mysterious death of a millionaire and spirals into the murder of his suddenly rich wife, which draws the attention of a dogged investigator, who follows a trail of blood to the bitter end.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Hilton ...
Peter Lynch
Anita Strindberg ...
Cléo Dupont
Alberto de Mendoza ...
John Stanley
Ida Galli ...
Lisa Baumer (as Evelyn Stewart)
Janine Reynaud ...
Lara Florakis
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Inspector Stavros
Tom Felleghy ...
Mr. Brenton
Luis Barboo ...
Sharif
Lisa Leonardi ...
Hostess (as Annalisa Nardi)
Tomás Picó ...
George Barnet
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Storyline

A plane explodes; one passenger is a London businessman who's insured for $1 million. His unfaithful wife is the beneficiary. The insurance agency arranges to pay, but also assigns their top investigator, Peter Lynch, to sniff out irregularities. The widow goes to Greece for the payout; Peter follows her, introducing himself. He becomes her protector and her companion, but the relationship is short lived. She has decided to take the money in cash and plans an immediate trip to Tokyo. Is she guilty of her husband's murder, and if so, who's her accomplice? An Athenian police inspector, an Interpol agent, and a French photojournalist join Lynch in the investigation. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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16 August 1971 (Italy)  »

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Scorpion's Tail  »

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ESP 19,571,993 (Spain)
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70mm blow-up version released in Spain. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lisa Baumer: Hello, this is Lisa. Yes, it's alright. Yes, his plane will be leaving in a few minutes. You know I'm dying to see you. Soon, hurry darling, I'll be waiting. Bye.
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Solid giallo
9 June 2005 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

Well made and stylish while still ultimately making sense this thriller would work better for non giallo fans to get interested in the genre than the later Argento entries which go overboard in all directions.

For fans of these crazed Italian thrillers, they will appreciate George Hilton and the turns his character takes and what he's put through. The camera-work is fresh with dashes of graphic violence and odd, but appropriate choices and a good not overblown music score as well. The less you know about the story the better to make it work.

The only thing lacking in keeping this from being a great Sergio Martino directed giallo is that the story doesn't have that extra sexual or psychological, or both element to put it over the top. It's more a routine mystery, the characters are well defined but live or die according to the plot not according to their own virtues and flaws.

The recent DVD (2005) release is beautiful looking and definitely the way to see the film, unless these ever get art house screenings which seems unlikely.


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