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The Fifth Cord (1971)
"Giornata nera per l'ariete" (original title)

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An alcoholic journalist finds himself on the trail of a murderer after the police make him a suspect in their investigation.

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Andrea Bild
Silvia Monti ...
Helene
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Police Inspector
Ira von Fürstenberg ...
Isabel Lancia
Edmund Purdom ...
Edouard Vermont
Rossella Falk ...
Sophia Bini
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Dr. Richard Bini
Guido Alberti ...
Traversi
Luciano Bartoli ...
Walter Auer (as Luciano Baroli)
Agostina Belli ...
Giulia
Maurizio Bonuglia ...
John Lubbock
Pamela Tiffin ...
Lu Auer
Corrado Gaipa ...
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Andrea Scotti ...
Vogel
Luigi Antonio Guerra ...
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After a high-class party in Rome, there's an assault. The victim is injured but lives. Andrea, an investigative reporter who drinks too much, is assigned the story. Then, always on Tuesdays, there are a series of murders. At each crime scene, a glove is left with a finger cut off for each victim. After four murders, Andrea thinks he's making progress, but by this time he may himself be a suspect, and someone he loves is in danger. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Mystery | Thriller

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January 1975 (USA)  »

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Evil Fingers  »

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Pedestrian giallo. Dull and uninteresting.
4 November 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

I like giallo as a genre but I must admit that I found 'The Fifth Cord' to be very difficult to stay interested in. Half-way through I began to get bored, and by the end when the identity of the killer was revealed and their motive explained, all I could do was shrug and rewind. I can appreciate Franco Nero as much as the next guy, but even his utter coolness can't keep this one from a one way ticket to snoozeville. Nero plays an alcoholic journalist attempting to solve a series of odd murders in which he himself is a suspect. The whole movie has a second-hand Argento feel to it, but it just meanders along in a dull and uninteresting fashion. I would only recommend this to super giallo buffs who must see every movie of this kind ever made. The rest of you shouldn't bother, as it is a disappointing example of the genre, and really has nothing but Nero going for it. Too bad.


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