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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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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Slightly flawed - but only slightly!, 24 July 2006
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Luciano Ercoli is famous for making three Giallo films; two of which are among the best that the genre has to offer, and along with The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion, Death Walks on High Heels is among the best of the director's films. It would be fair to level criticism at this film, as it is slightly overlong and I guessed most of the major points before they happened; but that doesn't change the fact that this is a fun film and well worth seeing. One common element of the Giallo is a convoluted plot - and this film delights in featuring one of the most convoluted of the whole genre. The story takes in a number of characters, all fuelled by desires of lust, revenge and/or greed. The plot picks up after the attack on Nicole Rochard. The attack seems to have something to do with a stash of diamonds, but when questioned; she appears to know nothing about them. She decides to travel to England along with an eye doctor, and gets followed by her French boyfriend; a man that she believes may be the attacker. They move to a quaint English seaside village, where all appears to be safe...

Luciano Ercoli does a good job of setting the scene for this film, and the English village at the centre of the story provides a nice tranquil location for a murder fuelled film like this one. The vast amount of characters involved do bring the film down a little bit, but they also ensure that there's always something going on; and most would agree that it's better to have an overcomplicated plot than an underdeveloped one. Unfortunately, however, there isn't a great deal of gore in the film. The ensemble cast do well, and once again Ercoli's then spouse Susan Scott heads the cast. Scott does well at delivering the seductive and sultry lead performance that we're used to from her; although it's unfortunate that she doesn't get a great deal of screen time. The rest of the cast is good also, with Ercoli's other frequent collaborator Simón Andreu giving the best performance of the support. It's fairly easy to get confused during this film, but unlike many other Giallo's, at least almost everything here makes sense by the end. Ercoli tops the film off with a strong ending that sees all the characters get their comeuppance, and overall; this is a strong film and comes highly recommended!

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