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16 August 1971 (Italy) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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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
(in alphabetical order)
Ernesto Gastaldi  screenplay
Eduardo Manzanos Brochero  screenplay
Eduardo Manzanos Brochero  story
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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Runtime:
90 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Certification:
Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:-12 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | West Germany:16 (nf) (cut version) | West Germany:18 (nf) (original rating)
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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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Referenced in Eugenie Sex Happening (1974)See more »

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Martino's bloody scorpion puzzle, 6 May 2006
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Sergio Martino's The Case of the Scorpion's Tail is a scenic giallo from the early 70's heyday of the genre. An explosion on an aeroplane results in one million dollars in insurance money for a bereaved but unfaithful wife. The money is subsequently snatched by a black-clad assassin and a series of brutal murders follow.

Scorpion's Tail plays the mystery element, written by giallo specialist Ernesto Gastaldi, fairly straight. But, being a giallo, the murders themselves are memorable and well-staged. In fact, the violence in this movie is very strong in places - a scene with a broken bottle being particularly graphic. The emphasis on the violence no doubt influencing the giallo genre to move into more and more extreme territory. But like the best films in the genre the brutality is offset by a good score and attractive photography. The music by Bruno Nicolai is at times reminiscent of Ennio Morricone's avant-garde work in The Bird with the Crystal Plumage but is also strong in its own right. The photography is helped by the nice use of foreign locales - in this case London and Athens - where Martino manages to get in, respectively, the Houses of Parliament and the Acropolis! There is also some inventive camera-work too, the most effective being the use of slow motion in a sequence where a woman runs towards the door where the maniac is prowling outside. In this particular scene Martino has the killer hack through the door with a knife in a manner influenced by Dario Argento's Crystal Plumage, however, it also has the killer attempt to flick the latch open with the blade of a knife which is something repeated later by Argento in Suspiria. So Martino's film is influential in its own right.

This is a good solid giallo that both genre and non-genre fans can appreciate. The performances are good and the production values are fine (although the plane explosion is, shall we say, somewhat low-budget!). The DVD release by NoShame is nice. It has both the English and Italian language options which is a real bonus. However, it is worth pointing out that at times you need to be a fast reader to fully appreciate the English subtitle option. This applies to both the movie and the documentary in the extras. This is a minor point though, the DVD release is a worthy addition to any giallo collection.

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