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16 August 1971 (Italy) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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George Hilton ... Peter Lynch
Anita Strindberg ... Cléo Dupont

Alberto de Mendoza ... John Stanley
Ida Galli ... Lisa Baumer (as Evelyn Stewart)

Janine Reynaud ... Lara Florakis

Luigi Pistilli ... Inspector Stavros
Tom Felleghy ... Mr. Brenton
Luis Barboo ... Sharif
Lisa Leonardi ... Hostess (as Annalisa Nardi)
Tomás Picó ... George Barnet
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Franco Caracciolo ... Passante in bicicletta (uncredited)
Fulvio Mingozzi ... Kurt Baumer (uncredited)

Directed by
Sergio Martino 
Writing credits
Eduardo Manzanos Brochero (story) (as Eduardo M. Brochero)

Eduardo Manzanos Brochero (screenplay) (as Eduardo M. Brochero) &
Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay) &
Sauro Scavolini (screenplay)

Produced by
Luciano Martino .... producer
Original Music by
Bruno Nicolai 
Cinematography by
Emilio Foriscot 
Film Editing by
Eugenio Alabiso 
Production Design by
José Luis Galicia  (as Galicia)
Jaime Pérez Cubero  (as Cubero)
Art Direction by
Giorgio Bertolini 
Costume Design by
Luciana Marinucci 
Makeup Department
Mario Van Riel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ricardo Bonilla .... production supervisor
Fabio Diotallevi .... production supervisor
Lamberto Palmieri .... production manager
Enzo Porcelli .... production supervisor (as Vincenzo Porcelli)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mariano Canales .... assistant director
Nico D'Alessandria .... assistant director
Sound Department
Bruno Moreal .... sound mixer
Pietro Ortolani .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Giancarlo Ferrando .... camera operator
Gianni Maddaleni .... assistant camera
Francesco Narducci .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Giancarlo Venarucci .... assistant editor
Music Department
Luca di Silverio .... soundtrack album producer
Other crew
Laura Curreli .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"La coda dello scorpione" - Italy (original title)
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90 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:12 | Italy:T | Spain:18 | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16 (nf) (cut version) | West Germany:18 (nf) (original rating)
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[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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5 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Another Ingenious Giallo From Martino, 25 April 2008
Author: Bensch

Sergio Martino is a great director, who has contributed a lot to Italian genre cinema and, as far as I am considered, his Gialli from the 1970s are the undisputed highlights in his impressive repertoire. "La Coda Dello Scorpione" aka. "The Case Of The Scorpion's Tale" of 1971 is one of these impressive films Martino has contributed to Italian Horror's most original sub-genre, and another proof that the man is a master of atmosphere, style and suspense. My personal favorite of the Martino films I've seen so far is still the insanely brilliant "Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I Have The Key" of 1972, followed by "Torso" (1973) and "The Strange Vice Of Mrs Wardh" (1971), all of which I personally like even more than this one. That's purely a matter of personal taste, however, as "La Coda Dello Scorpione" is an equally excellent film that is essential for every fan of Italian Horror cinema and suspense in general.

The film, which delivers tantalizing suspense from the very beginning has a complex and gripping plot that begins with the mysterious demise of a millionaire who has died in a plane crash. Insurance investigator Peter Lynch (George Hilton) is assigned to verify the circumstances the insurance company which is due to pay a large sum to the deceased man's wife. Soon after Lynch begins to investigate, a person is brutally killed, which is just the beginning of a series of murders...

"The Case of the Scorpion's Tail" excellently delivers all the elements a great Giallo needs. The film is stunningly suspenseful from the beginning, the score by Bruno Nicolai is brilliant, the plot is wonderfully convoluted, and the killer's identity remains a mystery until the end. Regular Giallo leading-man George Hilton once again delivers an excellent performance in the lead. Sexy Anita Strindberg is absolutely ravishing in the female lead. The includes the great Luigi Pistilli, one of the most brilliant regulars of Italian genre-cinema of the 60s and 70s, and Alberto De Mendoza, another great actor who should be familiar to any lover of Italian cinema. Athens, where most of the film takes place, is actually a great setting for a Giallo. The atmosphere is constantly gripping, and the photography great, and Bruno Nicolai's ingenious score makes the suspense even more intense. Long story short: "La Coda Dello Scorpione" is another excellent Giallo from Sergio Martino and an absolute must-see for any lover of the sub-genre! Stylish, suspenseful, and great in all regards!

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