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19 November 1971 (Italy) See more »
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A famed jewel thief named Rochard is slashed to death on a train. His daughter Nicole, a famous nightclub performer in Paris... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Frank Wolff ... Dr. Robert Matthews
Nieves Navarro ... Nicole Rochard (as Susan Scott)
Simón Andreu ... Michel Aumont (as Simon Andreu)
Carlo Gentili ... Inspector Baxter
George Rigaud ... Captain Lenny
José Manuel Martín ... Smith (as J. Manuel Martin)
Fabrizio Moresco ... Bergson
Luciano Rossi ... Hallory
Claudie Lange ... Vanessa Matthews
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Osvaldo Genazzani ... Jack (uncredited)
Manuel Muñiz ... Philip (uncredited)
Rachela Pamenti ... Peggy (uncredited)

Directed by
Luciano Ercoli 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ernesto Gastaldi  screenplay
Ernesto Gastaldi  story
Mahnahén Velasco  screenplay (as May Velasco)
Mahnahén Velasco  story (as May Velasco)
Dino Verde 

Produced by
Luciano Ercoli .... producer
Alberto Pugliese .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stelvio Cipriani 
 
Cinematography by
Fernando Arribas 
 
Film Editing by
Angelo Curi 
 
Art Direction by
Osanna Guardini 
 
Set Decoration by
Juan Alberto Soler  (as Juan Alberto)
 
Costume Design by
Osanna Guardini 
 
Makeup Department
Franco Di Girolamo .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Antonio Negri .... production manager
Giuliano Principato .... unit production manager
Isidre Prous .... unit production manager (as Isidro Prous)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mahnahén Velasco .... assistant director (as May Velasco)
 
Art Department
Giuseppe Scalisi .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Raffaele Benedetti .... sound recordist
Amedeo Casati .... sound
Romano Pampaloni .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Antonio Molina .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alessandro D'Eva .... director of photography: second unit
Juan Prous .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Maria Pia Appetito .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Luca di Silverio .... soundtrack album producer
Nora Orlandi .... vocal soloist
 
Other crew
María Teresa Font .... production secretary
 

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Also Known As:
"La morte cammina con i tacchi alti" - Italy (original title)
"Death Stalks on High Heels" - Hong Kong (English title) (première title)
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Italy:105 min | Spain:98 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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70mm blow-up version released in Spain.See more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Susan Scott shines in super sexy giallo, 23 May 2006
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Luciano Ercoli's Death Walks on High Heels is a sexy and suspenseful thriller. The convoluted plot revolves around the whereabouts of some stolen jewels and the involvement of a strip tease girl.

Susan Scott (aka Nieves Navarro) plays the stripper who is central to the story. And, quite frankly, she's a revelation. Oozing sex appeal and stealing every scene she appears in, Miss Scott was one of the queens of giallo cinema. She was highly impressive in Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion but she is given a more central role here. And she delivers one of the most erotic performances in the giallo sub-genre.

Other than the obvious appeal of the delicious leading lady, Ercoli's movie works as a suspenseful thriller, with some genuinely unsettling scenes. Chief amongst them being the somewhat haunting appearance of the 'high heels' killer in the opticians, whose approach is seen through through frosted glass and, also of note is an extremely brutal murder scene in the latter half of the movie, the savagery of it is definitely shocking. This murder stands out all the more as this is not exactly a body-count movie. The violence is kept to a minimum but is strong when it rears it's head.

Like in Forbidden Photos, Ercoli uses another actress who looks strikingly similar to Susan Scott, in this case Claudie Lange. Simón Andreu, another Ercoli regular, puts in another sleazy performance as the chief suspect. And there is a host of other shady characters prowling about. In fact there are so many red herrings that we even have a dodgy character selling fish! In order for early 70's gialli to sell themselves to an international market they were often expected to do two things. Firstly cast leading ladies who look more Anglo-Saxon than Italian (which the Spanish but strawberry haired Miss Scott fulfilled) and secondly to incorporate locations outwith Italy (this being achieved by the French and British settings).

Death Walks on High Heels is one of the most erotically charged gialli I've seen. Recommended for fans of both Italian thrillers and, of course, Susan Scott.

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