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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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THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TAIL (Sergio Martino, 1971) **1/2 See more (21 total) »

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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90 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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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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Trivia:
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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THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TAIL (Sergio Martino, 1971) **1/2, 6 January 2009
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

This isn't as popular as Martino's other gialli, perhaps because his regular leading lady Edwige Fenech – who was indisposed – got replaced here by Anita Strindberg (and with her entrance delayed until almost the half-hour mark); in fact, the film adopts a PSYCHO (1960)-ish gimmick by having Evelyn Stewart's character take center-stage for the first third of the narrative and then get bumped off! To make up perhaps for a fairly conventional plot – with a handful of characters after a missing $1 million in insurance money – the violence is laid on pretty thick throughout (though not so much the sex this time around); similarly, the director includes any number of preposterous camera angles to liven up proceedings and disorientate viewers. Frankly, such flamboyant measures (extending to the trailer, which absurdly likens THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TAIL to milestones of German Expressionism, Soviet propaganda cinema and Surrealist films maudits!) weren't really needed as interest is generally maintained regardless with the sorting out of the various clues, twists and red herrings. In fact, the film keeps one guessing as to the killer's eventual identity and this certainly adds to the fun. The cast helps a lot, too: George Hilton gets one of his meatier parts, while Strindberg does well enough considering (in fact, I couldn't quite visualize Fenech in the role!); apart from the requisite figures of authority – Alberto De Mendoza as an Interpol agent lending a helping hand (who also ends up getting the girl!) and Luigi Pistilli as the local cop on the case – two Jess Franco alumni, Janine Reynaud and Luis Barboo, surprisingly feature prominently among the suspects/murder victims. Other typical assets are the exotic Mediterranean setting (mainly Greece) and yet another solid score by Bruno Nicolai (coincidentally, himself a Franco regular).

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