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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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Ticks most of the giallo boxes in style. See more (23 total) »


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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)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Ticks most of the giallo boxes in style., 24 January 2016
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

Lisa Baumer (Ida Galli) collects on her husband's life insurance—a cool $1m—after he is blown to smithereens in an air disaster. Several people suspect Lisa of foul play, including a junkie ex-lover who resorts to blackmail, her husband's mistress Lara (Janine Reynaud), who also feels entitled to some of the money, and insurance investigator Peter Lynch (George Hilton). But when Lisa is murdered after cashing her check, and the money goes missing, the case becomes much more complicated…

Sergio Martino's The Case of the Scorpion's Tail might not be the most innovative of giallos, but it does meet many fans' expectations of the genre, making it a very enjoyable way to waste some time.

An animal in the title: the insect of the title refers to the Scorpion-shaped cuff-link discovered at the scene of an attempted murder.

A convoluted plot: this one's got twists and turns aplenty, making it a thoroughly engrossing mystery from start to finish A character struggling to recall a vital clue: Peter Linch is convinced that he knows something that will help to solve the case.

Red herrings: there are lots of these, but to tell you about them would be to spoil the film.

Exotic locations: the film opens in London, but the action soon moves to sun-kissed Athens.

Stylish cinematography and lighting: Martino employs some crazy camera angles to help spice up proceedings, and lights certain scenes with vivid colour.

Sexy women in peril: there are several Euro-babes in this giallo, a couple of whom meet very nasty fates. Anita Strindberg as French photojournalist Cléo Dupont, Peter's love interest, provides the obligatory T&A, happily showing off her '70s silicone implants.

Creepy dolls/freaky paintings: it has absolutely nothing at all to do with the story, but there is a scene featuring several dolls with missing eyes and limbs, and a portrait of a man with bug-eyes.

Gruesome murders: Martino ensures that gore-hounds are kept happy with two bloody throat slashings, a nasty knife in the abdomen, an even nastier broken bottle in the eye, and a victim having the back of their hands slashed with a switchblade before falling from a height to their death.

A leather-gloved killer: goes without saying.

Blatant product placement: fancy a glass of J&B Scotch? You might do after watching this film.

Cops who figure out the truth in the nick of time: the law waits till the very last moment before arriving on the scene to save the heroine.

In fact, all that's missing is a haunting lullaby/nursery rhyme.

7.5/10, happily rounded up to 8 for IMDb.

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