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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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Greatest Horror Movies Ever Made: Part 6: Best (Italian) Giallo Films
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Fight for Horror Supremacy Week 3
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Bona fide giallo-effort from Martino. 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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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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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 Violent Cop (1989)See more »

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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Bona fide giallo-effort from Martino., 10 November 2006
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

I'm really tempted to reward "The Case of the Scorpion's Tail" with a solid 10 out of 10 rating, but that would largely be because I think Italian horror cinema of the 1970's is SO much better than the cheesy crap I usually watch. But even without an extra point for nostalgia, this is STILL a genuine masterwork and earning a high rating for its excellently convoluted story, uncanny atmosphere, blood-soaked killing sequences and superb casting choices. In my humble opinion this is actually Sergio Martino's finest giallo, and that has got to mean something, as "The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh", "All the Colors of the Dark", "Torso" and "Your Vice is a Locked Room and only I have the Key" are all top-notch genre achievements as well. But this film is just a tad bit superior with its ultra-compelling plot revolving on an insurance fraud gone madly out of control. Following her husband's peculiar death in a plane explosion (!), Lisa Baumer promptly becomes the suspicious owner of one million dollars and she's eager to leave the country as soon as possible. Due to the bizarre circumstances, the insurance company puts their best investigator Peter Lynch on the case and he follows her to Greece. There, Lisa becomes the target of many assaults and the case's mysteriousness increases when it turns out several people are hunting for the money. I'm always overly anxious when briefly summarizing gialli because I don't want to risk giving away essential plot elements. In "The Case of the Scorpion's Tail", the events take an abrupt and totally unexpected turn before the story is even halfway, and I certainly don't want to ruin this for you. Many red herrings follow after that, but Sergio Martino always succeeds to stay one step ahead of you and, even though not a 100% satisfying, the denouement is at least surprising. It's also a very stylish film, with imaginative camera-work and excellent music by Bruno Nicolai. Everyone' s favorite giallo muse Edwige Fenech oddly didn't make it to this cast (she stars in no less than 3 other supreme Martino gialli), but Anita Strindberg ("Lizard in a Woman's Skin", "Who Saw Her Die?") is a more than worthy replacement for her. The charismatic and hunky George Hilton is reliable as always in his role of insurance investigator and – duh – ladies' man deluxe. If you're a fan of giallo, don't wait as long as I did to WATCH THIS FILM!!!!

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